Summer Time is Camp Time

SIMC Camps are in full swing at Southwest Indian Ministries Center in Peoria, Arizona. The second teen camp arrived earlier this week with 37 campers!
Each summer about 170 kids attend four different camps, which are divided by age ranges. Many campers return each year, allowing their week at camp to build a foundation on which missionaries can reach out to the campers and their families throughout the year. Winter weekend camps are also offered to help revitalize the children and their relationships with God.

SIMC Camps

Read more about SIMC Camps and their newsletter, The Camper, to stay up to date with all that is happening.

ACT: Pray for the campers who will attend one of the SIMC Camps this summer. Pray that God will speak to their hearts and transform their lives. Also pray for the leaders to be led by the Holy Spirit.

Regardless of the cost

Kurt and Cynthia Zimmerman
Can kids grasp matters of eternal security, salvation, and trusting their entire lives to Jesus? While grand theological terminology may be beyond them (as it is with many adults as well!), it’s clear that Jesus speaks into the lives of kids and teens, helping them understand their need for Him. Kurt and Cynthia Zimmerman, missionaries to Bolivia, saw this happen in an amazing way during this past spring semester. Check out their story below about a baptismal service at Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center, an international Christian school in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

“This year we experienced a real breakthrough as the Holy Spirit moved in children’s lives…several of them understood for the first time that Jesus died for them, and they chose to follow Jesus regardless of the cost.”


Those eight kids who publicly dedicated their lives to Christ that day had been ministered to by teachers and staff at SCCLC- some of whom, as Cynthia said, may only have been there for a year. But their impact went far beyond, planting seeds of faith into the lives of the kids. Do you have a semester or a year to spare? Check out SCCLC’s personnel needs to learn more about the school.

Kids at Camp

With the summer camping season at Southwest Indian Ministries Center winding down, missionary Sandy Anderson sent in this report about Kids Camps, a summer outreach to Native American children:

All of our camps had larger numbers this summer with the largest being 61 campers. If we did not have the new dorm (the occupancy permit was granted just days before the first camp began) we would have had to turn campers away. Praise God for provision and His perfect timing. Our total number of campers for the summer was 168 which is at least 40 more that last year. Each time we hear campers share what they have learned at camp or how they prayed with one of the staff and asked Jesus to be their Savior we are reminded of the eternal significance of the investment of you and so many others in these young lives. One of our very young new campers asked in Bible class that we pray for her Mommy who doesn’t know Jesus, even as she thanked God for her Grandma and her daddy who teach her about God.

Helpers for the camps came as work team members and volunteers came as far away as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Oregon and Idaho and several local volunteers from here in Arizona. Those who give and help sponsor the cost of attending camps and all who pray, support and encourage those of us who are here ministering all year are part of the team making a difference through this ministry. (Did you miss Sarah Choate’s comments about her week helping at a camp? Check out her thoughts here and here.)

A camper with a volunteer counselor

A camper with a volunteer counselor

Campers relaxing in the new dorm.

Campers relaxing in the new dorm.


LeRoy and Sandy Anderson took a break from raising funds to return to Arizona to help out with camps. However, they now have to leave their ministry and get back to building their support team in order for them to continue serving the Lord on the American Indian Field. You can help them return by donating to their ministry account.

Kid’s Camp Weekend

While many of us in the Midwest are still shoveling out from an extremely snowy weekend, the Southwest Indian Ministries Center near Phoenix, Arizona, held a weekend camp for 49 kids in 1st-6th grades. The Easter-themed camp included worship, crafts, Bible teaching, games, and much more. Check out this photo of the egg hunt on the last day:

AIF Egg Hunt


SIMC holds Christ-centered camps and children’s/youth events for Native Americans throughout the year. Donate to keep these camps going by giving here.