The vision for Camp Agape Oregon was 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 the very first Camp Agape Oregon!
Since then, we have held five camps in Eugene and one camp in Salem, starting in 2016.
Our heart for this ministry is that camp be a starting point for meaningful follow up year round with the families who attend. With this goal in mind, Camp Agape will now focus geographically on the Lane County area, and our hope is that this will allow the ministry of Camp Agape to grow and develop into something that could later be replicated by other churches and organizations throughout the state, and potentially reach into other states as well!