COVID-19 has taken another beloved activity from the Ozarks.
Camp Barnabas, the ministry that provides life-changing camp experiences to people with chronic illnesses or special needs like autism, announced Thursday they are canceling their entire summer program.
“Please know that we did not make this decision lightly,” Camp Barnabas leaders wrote in a social media posting. “We sought the counsel of many including our board physician and Director of Health Services to ensure the health and safety of the entire Camp Barnabas family as well as the long term mission of Camp Barnabas.”
The summer programs at Camp Barnabas bring together several thousand special needs youth and adults together with thousands of missionaries from around the world who volunteer their time. For many of the families, their time at Camp Barnabas is the only break they receive each year from the weight of caring for a family member with special needs.
“Those who desperately need respite, and those who will have to wait longer for a break,” Camp officials wrote, asking for prayer for those families. “We know our families need it and are praying for you. Know that we see you and you are not forgotten.”
Camp Barnabas released the following video with their social media announcement: