Kids’ Camps Build Leaders


World Vision's Kids' Camps in Guatemala teach sponsored children to become Christian leaders so they can help tackle big issues facing their country, such as violence and poverty.

World Vision has been holding Kids' Camps for 19 years in Guatemala to teach children leadership and advocacy skills based on Christian principles. The camps teach children that they deserve to be heard and also to look at their community through the eyes of love.

"I was chosen to be here," says sponsored child Isabel, age 13, gratefully. "I want to learn and I want to grow so I can tell everyone how to change so we can have a better future for Guatemala.

Children, ages 8 to 15, spill out the door of the church cafeteria, every one scouring the muddy grounds for a rock. Having chosen just the right stone, each child returns to the cafeteria, which serves as the meeting room for this World Vision-sponsored camp in Guatemala.

Camp leader Carmelina Saminas tells them to look at their rocks. The children giggle and laugh but study their rocks intently. Some hold palm-sized stones, while others carry the tiniest of pebbles.

Carmelina invites them to look at their neighbors’ rocks.

“They’re different, right? Does that make your rock more important than theirs? Or theirs more important than yours?” Carmelina says. “And even these rocks aren’t the same as when they first were formed.”

She explains how the rock started off jagged and rough at the top of the mountain and then rolled down toward the lake. When it got to the lake, the stone had changed. It’s now smoother and rounder.

“That rock is your life,” she says. “You’ll be transformed by life’s experiences and will be different at life’s end from who you are now. That rock was there to be chosen by you. It’s the same with your life. You’ve been chosen to do something special.”

The young people then pull out their Bibles to read about the God who has chosen them to do these special things.

Around the world, World Vision equips community leaders to spiritually nurture local children. Please join us in praying for these leaders as well as for the youth they teach.


Written by Chris Huber and Laura Reinhardt

Photo ©2013 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision

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