Following God’s Plan – Fanny Cano’s Testimony

My name is Fanny Cano. In 2009, I was supposed to go to Canada and volunteer at a Christian camp. However, because of a misunderstanding (due to my poor English) people at the Canadian migration office thought I was there to work. Unable to explain my real purpose, the immigration officer deported me. I was 19 years old at that time.

I was back in Mexico City the following day after my deportation from Canada. Feeling humiliated, I didn’t want to go back home to Tabasco, southeast of Mexico, a 16 hour bus ride. Thanks to a friend who knew the Caldwells, I ended up at Los Domos, a place that would change my life.

 At first I thought it would be just a quick stop before going back to Canada, which was my plan. The days past and soon I realized that being at Los Domos was going to be a huge challenge, which I wasn’t prepared for; the cold weather, the food, facing loneliness, practicing a language I barely spoke, exercising different habits like waking up at 7:00 am and working till 6:00 pm… But being in the mountains and in the woods surrounded by nature, just me and God, was healing. That was the moment where I believe I met God. I was able to hear Him in the wind, through each storm at night. I felt scared but I knew God was there in the middle of the storm as He was with His disciples.

Suddenly I started to enjoyed it, my relationship with God developed more than ever, and without noticing it, I had found a new family; David and Karen became like parents to me. They set up a Godly example of what the family I would like to raise someday would look like. I found spiritual support in them, guidance, and love for the children’s ministry, camp. Seeing them believing in me made me believe in myself, and I wanted to learn more about this ministry and share with everyone back home.

12 years later, we are still friends; more than that, we are family. Their lives and ministry changed mine. David has blessed my state (Tabasco) visiting it a couple of times, sharing his faith and knowledge with different churches down here. I can’t be more blessed with the change of plans God had for me back then in 2009.

Fanny lives in Tabasco, Mexico with her husband and young son and are expecting another son soon.

Eureka Camps Aid Education in Mexico

Eureka Camps are a hands-on approach to academics in the outdoors. Eureka Camps endeavor to integrate facts, real time, and real consequences through activities to make education more dynamic and practical for children. Eureka Camps are tailored to the student/camper by the teacher/camp counselor.

It is an unfortunate statistic that the quality of education in certain parts of the world is deplorable. David and Karen Caldwell happen to be in one of those areas.

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2010 VOICE Team Paves the Way

Back in 2010, there was no tower and no internet at Los Domos. Electricity had just recently been introduced through several small solar panels and the Caldwells were transitioning to Los Domos from 45 minutes away in Acuitzio, Michoácan, the nearest town with electricity, running water, and internet.

Through generous hearts, God provided the funds needed to begin the project to supply a connection to the world through Internet brought via several towers from their apartment in Acuitzio. Through our VOICE (Volunteer Opportunities In Camp Experience) program, some brilliant and able men came from the US with willing spirits and eager hands. It was almost more than they bargained for with ill-suited tools and difficult working conditions. But through God’s grace and much perseverance, they had a break-through. Although intermittent and hugely unreliable, the team had succeeded in bringing internet to the rural mountainside. A feat that could only have been accomplished with many hands and open attitudes.

The Caldwell family and their ministry at Los Domos (not to mention CI and all David has accomplished in developing our philosophy and camp methods) have reaped the benefits of the generosity and hard work of the Internet pioneers. Pictured are a few of the hard-working men who helped bring about this accomplishment. Several of them still play integral parts in keeping Internet and our websites running smoothly.

Flash forward seven years (and a lightening strike) and the Caldwells are ready to upgrade their system to a more functional and reliable set-up. God has once again touched hearts to send in the finances needed, and we’re ready to continue building on what these men started. (Have you heard about our Lighthouse Tower project? You can find more about it here and here.)

In the early days, VOICE team members laid the ground-work for the opportunities that are now available at Los Domos and with Camps International. Today, we celebrate the big and small wins that have brought this ministry to where it is today and we praise God for the big things we believe He has in store for the future.

If you’re interested in coming alongside us and working toward seeing more Christian camps unifying and growing more churches, please contact us. In 2017, we’ll have even more opportunities to build on our vision and watch God establish His Kingdom on Earth.

The Lighthouse Project

Camps International Presents Project Lighthouse: Expanding the Los Domos Training Base to Spread God’s Light Across Mexico

A lighthouse safely guides ships at sea so that they can continue on their journey. Our heart is to guide and disciple the next generation of church leadership so that they can be lighthouses in their own communities all across Mexico.

It’s with this passion and vision that we look for ways to reach more churches to assist them in the development of their own camps.

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Power Out: An Update from David

We were without power and internet at Los Domos due to an Act of God. Our electrical system was hit with lightning over two weeks ago and we also lost internet completely at the time (it was hardly working at all even before that and still is having serious issues). Monday evening, I hooked up a temporary system that got provisional power back to my office area and re-energized the internet equipment.

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A Day in the Life: Passport Renewal

(This is a true-to-life event recorded by Cherith Mitchell)

One time, someone told me about the ordeal they had while renewing their American passport in the US. They had to go all the way to the Post Office to fill out the application. Fifteen minute drive, they said. Both ways, they said. A whole lunch break wasted, they said.

I laugh, not because I don’t understand the frustration, but because I do. Quite well. In fact, too well. Renewing passports is one of those necessary evils missionaries have to go through to stay in the country they’ve adopted as their own. Unless you’re lucky enough to still be dealing with visas, in which case, you’re in for an even more “enjoyable” treat in your country of residence.

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Counselor Training and Why You Should Care

One of my favorite memories as a kid is the feeling I would get when we’d all line up along the road after opening the gate for the pickup trucks with kids and counselors coming to camp. Knowing that we’d done it. We’d worked as hard as we possibly could and we’d pulled it off: camp.

I know those moments shaped me, the hard work and commitment my parents taught us as they strove to share the tool of Christian camping with the country of Mexico.

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Camps International’s Social Media Launch

Camps International is excited to share with you the developments that are occurring through Christian camping. Thank you for being apart of the great work our volunteers are doing to share Christ and disciple His children. We need your help to get the word out about the incredible tool that camps are for the Church. We need able-bodied volunteers to speak up and share with the world what Camps International is all about. Will you help?

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