Camp La Pastorale – France
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Toulon and Marseilles are the gateway for Muslims entering France. These populous cities teem with French and North African families. Seeing a need to minister to urban youth in this region, a group of Baptist churches started a camping ministry in the 1970s. They began by renting facilities in the French Riviera, and were later able to purchase a 20-acre property that had been formerly owned by a professional soccer team. They named it “La Pastorale”. Built just before World War One, the property was originally a hotel for Catholic pilgrims visiting a local shrine. With its rugged mountain setting, sports facilities and rural location, La Pastorale provides a great getaway for youth who come from as far away as Paris. During the summer, the camp staff prepare two menus, one for the “Christian” kids, and a kosher meal for the “Muslim” kids. Many of the kids that attend camp are non-religious, and the program is set up to introduce them to Jesus Christ. Euroteam has been sending teams to La Pastorale since 1998, and has developed a wonderful relationship with the local church and the camp leadership.
The entire property needs a major overhaul. Existing buildings require remodeling in perhaps half the rooms (insulation, painting, new fixtures etc.). The recently expanded attic needs finishing, and an exterior stairwell needs to be built to access the attic. To make better use of space, the basement needs renovation so they could turn it into a workshop. Each spring, a team is needed to clean up after the winter and prepare the grounds for the summer camping season (there is no on-site staff).
Whether you have helping hands or professional skills you are welcome! Team members are needed in the following areas:
- Finish Work
- Brick Work
*Dates are flexible and subject to availability.
**Final cost is dependent on number of team members, specific project scope, and project duration.