ASU Wesley sponsors Delta Pride summer camp

“Forgiven Hearts” was the theme of this year’s Delta Pride summer camp, hosted July 9-12 by the Arkansas State University Wesley Foundation. More than 65 youth and young adults representing 15 different congregations from across the United Methodist connection gathered on the A-State campus for worship, Bible studies, workshops and fun. 
Campers had the opportunity to participate in a number of different workshops ranging from photojournalism to outside games, cooking to crafts. College student counselors prepared the activities and led campers in their daily devotionals and worship times. 
The highlight of camp was the creation of a new prayer garden located behind the Wesley Foundation that will serve as a meditation space for A-State students and staff for many years to come. Campers and counselors spent numerous hours in the July heat clearing space for the new garden, as well as building a wall from reclaimed pallet wood and installing a privacy fence. First UMC West Memphis donated a pew for the garden from their Rosewood campus, which was sanded and refinished by the campers in the handiwork and missions workshops. The Rev. Chris Hemund of Cornerstone UMC Jonesboro led campers in planting “seeds of forgiveness” to officially open the space.
Delta Pride leaders pray that the seeds planted during camp will be nurtured and thrive as students return to their home congregations. 
—submitted by the Rev. Sam Meadors