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June 21, 2014

Camp Chula growing each year

CHULA — First Baptist Church's Camp Chula was the biggest it's been this year with 110 kids coming out for a week of fun and to share the gospel.

The Rev. Chad Hall, pastor of First Baptist Church of Chula, and his wife, Nira, who directs the camp, said this was their fifth year doing the camp. This year's theme was "Promise Island." The camp was held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. The cost is $50 per child in grades kindergarten through sixth.

"Our church really embraces this," Nira said, noting all of the church members help with the camp.

She and Hall said they also had help from 10 Baptist Collegiate Ministry students all across Georgia, youth from their church and Mount Zion Baptist and Penny Chestnutt, local BCM director.

Participants broke into groups and spent 45 minutes at eight different tracks that they had an opportunity to choose from. Those tracks were crafts, cheerleading, kitchen chaos, secret service, "no boys allowed," "no girls allowed," outdoor games and weird science.

Hall and Nira said the main goal of Camp Chula is to bring the children in and share the gospel with them and teach them about discipleship. A Bible session was set up for each day.

Anna Willis, 10, and KaDee Mitchell, 11, have attended Camp Chula each year. Both agreed that the best part about the camp is attending the tracks with secret service being their favorite. Willis said it's really fun.

When asked what they learned from attending Camp Chula, Mitchell said, "You have to commit your heart to Jesus for him to come in."

Cason Johnston, 10, added that the camp teaches you how to get involved and to continue serving God. She said secret service is her favorite track also.

Five-year old Jack Tronolone said he likes everything about Camp Chula. Hayden Phillips, 12, said she liked the kitchen chaos and "no boys allowed" tracks. She also commended Hall and Nira.

"Camp Chula is really fun and something to do during summer," she said.

Hall and Nira are expecting even more participants next year. Those who are interested in attending next year's camp can contact Hall at 382-7682 or chall@chulafirstbaptist.org. Also, visit the church's website at www.chulafirstbaptist.org.



To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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