Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Charis Alive hosts Charis Character Camp

7/5/2019

Charis Character Camp was an Asian immersion experience designed to provide an opportunity for students to integrate real-life character development and enhance Asian cultural understanding through talent enrichment. Participants work with fans during a camp activity.

Charis Character Camp drew new families in to Charis Alive. Camp was held at OKC-Church of the Servant on June 3-7. With a team of 20 members, this splash event drew more visibility in the Asian community as well as built meaningful relationships with new families. 

“The purpose of this camp is to reach out to the community through a variety of well-designed cultural courses and talent enrichment,” Rev. Victoria Lee of Charis Alive said. “This has created a great opportunity for us to instill Christian values into each child.”

Other than the outreach effort, Charis Character camp also facilitated a platform for mutual benefit within the Asian community.  

“Through the opportunity of sponsorship by the local Asian businesses and the recruitment of internship for the college and high school students, we are expanding our launch team,” Lee said. “After months of listening, we custom designed our camp to meet the needs of the community by offering a variety of classes such as martial arts, dance, coding, music, arts, etc.” 

One of the most inspiring and thought provoking moments during the camp is when the students collaborated in creating a three-dimensional cake integrated with the Genesis Creation Story, led by Dana Zerger.  

At the closing of the camp, Charis Alive celebrated the Dragon Boat Festival followed by versatile performances attended by over 70 friends and family members. Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt commented, “It is amazing that these children were able to learn so many things in just five days!”

In continuation of reaching out to the Asian community, Charis Alive ministry plans to launch worship service in the Fall at Church of the Servant, followed by Asian immersion programs. Free English Classes for the new immigrants will be offered at Wesley Church as well. For more information, visit www.CharisAlive.org or call 405-7FunFun (405-738-6386).

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A young girl practices calligraphy.
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Victoria Lee (center) and camp students get ready to enjoy camp refreshments.
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OKC Mayor David Holt poses with his children at Charis Character Camp.

 

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