International Ministries

Volunteer Opportunities in Lebanon

December 13, 2011 Page
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Decades of instability in Lebanon have created a challenging environment for young people growing up. Baptist Children and Youth Ministries (BCYM) believes that the Church has a pivotal role to play in the holistic development of children and youth, and that their ministry can help empower the Church.

To help address some of the needs of young people in Lebanon, BCYM holds several camps for children and teenagers each year, focusing on groups from different backgrounds: vulnerable children, church children, and teenagers. The 3-day sleepover camps are both recreational and spiritual, and they are BCYM’s most popular program. The five day program offers the Beruit Baptist School students a lengthened time of fun and fellowship while they learn about Jesus’ love.

April 11 – 13, 2012 Summer Camp for Vulnerable Children

Vulnerable children – Two camps will be held for children that come from backgrounds of extreme hardship. Some of the children are from impoverished Bedouin communities and others come from institutionalized children’s homes and previously worked on the streets.  To read more about this volunteer opportunity, click here.


June 27 – 29, 2012 Summer Camp for Vulnerable Children

Vulnerable children – Two camps will be held for children that come from backgrounds of extreme hardship. Some of the children are from impoverished Bedouin communities and others come from institutionalized children’s homes and previously worked on the streets. To read more about this volunteer opportunity, click here.


July 11 – 13, 2012 Summer Camp for Children of Local Churches

Church children – One camp will be held for children whose families attend local Baptist churches.  To read more about this volunteer opportunity, click here.

July 22 – 26, 2012 Summer Camp for Beruit Baptist School Students (five day program)

Beruit Baptist School - One camp will be held for children aged 8 - 13, who attend the Beruit Baptist School during the school year.  To read more about this volunteer opportunity, click here.


July 25 – 27, 2012 Summer Camp for Teenagers

Teenagers - One camp will be held for teenagers, many (but not all) of whom attend local Baptist churches. To read more about this volunteer opportunity, click here.


The camps include accommodation and meals, and activities such as hymns, devotions, and Bible discussions combined with lively group games, crafts, daytrips, and cultural and educational outings.


Project Impact

The participants, some of whom have experienced life on the streets or the loss of their parents, learn that they are loved just as they are. As BCYM Minister Joseph Kazzi says, the participants receive the message: “You are loved; you are precious; you are talented; you are special in Christ.” All the participants benefit from social, emotional, physical and spiritual development during the camps.

These camps may be the first or even their only chance to hear about the love of Christ. Speaking of the vulnerable children participants, BCYM Coordinator Gladys Haddad says, “These children look forward to the camps from one year to the next. In the three days they receive maximum fun, love, and care.”

For participants who attend local churches (children as well as teenagers), the camps are an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and experience of Christianity in a social, fun and active environment. The knowledge and sense of connection they bring back to their respective churches enriches that community as well.

The camps have the added benefit of supporting and encouraging volunteer youth leaders. Local leaders who are involved in leading the camps develop and increase leadership skills, potentially contributing to stronger Lebanese Baptist churches and communities over time.

As a relatively small ministry, BCYM relies on the assistance of volunteers and partners in hosting these popular camps, and we partner with other ministries such as the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, the Beirut Baptist School, as well as overseas partners. Each camp is led by a combination of local volunteers and visiting teams from overseas partner churches, all of whom bring their enthusiasm, skills, and love of God to share with the young.