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Student gains new outlook on ministry

Yoder develops new program for camp host
Kris Yoder 2011

“In order to be real and authentic with other people, I first needed to be real with myself. Only then would I be able to impact the lives of those around me.”

Kris Yoder returned from his PRIME experience with a new outlook on ministry.

While on PRIME at HoneyRock Camp in Three Lakes, Wisc., Kris served as a spiritual leader for campers between the ages of 8-13, while also teaching sailing lessons, planning and organizing two retreats and helping develop the new program, 2:22.

2:22 is a four-week-long intensive program that will begin in the summer of 2011 and is geared toward high school sophomores and juniors. The campers arrive at camp and spend a week out in the wilderness backpacking and communing with God through nature. The campers return to camp and participate in team-building activities and discuss their experiences they had out in the wilderness. During the last two weeks of camp, the campers travel to places such as Chicago or cities in Minnesota to work on service projects.

“Our hope is that this program will bring the different cabins closer together and will build a sense of camaraderie between the campers,” he said.

Kris, a 2011 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in youth ministry from Assumption, Ill., chose to spend his six-month PRIME (Practical Research and Immersion through Ministry Effectiveness) experience at HoneyRock after learning how the camp operated year-round. The PRIME experience offered through the Ministry and Missions department at Huntington University provided Kris with the opportunities to learn more about himself and his outlook on ministry.

Any student majoring in ministry or missions leaves for PRIME during May or early June after his or her junior year and spends seven months in a ministry field setting.

“I questioned who I am and sought to learn who I am in the image of God,” Kris said. “I challenged everything I had ever known and asked God to teach me and guide me on where I needed to grow next. I stopped trying to act as if I had all the answers.”

Kris also gained new insight on how to impact the world for Christ through his time of reflections while on PRIME.

“In order to be real and authentic with other people, I first needed to be real with myself,” he said. “Only then would I be able to impact the lives of those around me.”

Kris hopes to use what he learned while on PRIME in his new position. Kris now serves as camp director for Camp Maranatha located in Ramsey, Ill. Kris began his new position as director in June 2011.