The vision for Agape Families was initially inherited from a group of dedicated men and women in Hawaii, who after years of working with incarcerated individuals, felt the call to minister to the families left behind. Since 2005 Camp Agape Hawaii, under the
leadership of Pastor Roy Yamamoto, has been providing this unique opportunity tailored to the hearts and needs of children who have a parent in prison.
In the summer of 2011, Andy Papendieck, a minister to incarcerated men in Oregon, took a small team to witness Camp Agape Hawaii first hand. This team caught the vision and in 2012 God blessed over 100 kids and 100 volunteers with the opportunity to be a part of what we called then our very first Agape Youth Camp Oregon!
Today, we offer four-day camps in Eugene and Salem each year as well as mini-camp experiences for older Agape youth in partnership with Entrada, an outdoor excursion outfit. We are excited to announce that we are currently expanding into Central Oregon to serve families impacted by incarceration in surrounding areas.
Our heart for the Agape Youth Camp ministry is that camp would be a starting point for meaningful mentorship and follow up year round with the families who attend. With this goal in mind, we have ventured out and developed various programs that now fall under Agape Families here in Oregon, and the Agape Youth Camps will now focus geographically on the areas where youth are currently living.
Our hope is to see continued growth into new cities and areas across the state of Oregon and beyond as we serve youth and their families by offering sustainable and meaningful relationships throughout the year.