18 March 2020
Update from Dion Jaeschke, TPM Chairperson on Wednesday 18 March, 2020
Dear Friends of TPM,
Turning Point Ministries are very conscious of the unfolding threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and the implications it has for our event ministry.
After in-depth consideration and prayer, the TPM Camping Team has made some important decisions. These are in keeping the safety of campers and leaders as our highest priority and ensuring we do our part to try and slow the spread of COVID-19;
· History Makers, Leadership Camp, Young Adults Retreat (May) and Better Blokes, will be CANCELLED for 2020.
· All remaining camps for 2020 will be put ON-HOLD, while we keep a close watch on the unfolding of COVID-19 in our communities.
While this decision is made for the health and well-being of all involved, we note an extraordinary disappointment for two reasons. Firstly, we had already postponed History Makers and Leadership Camp due to the hazardous conditions caused by the Summer bushfire season we experienced, to now cancel these camps is a further frustration. And secondly, for those first-time campers who had registered for History Makers at the special LLL supported rate of $80. We hoped to welcome these new campers into the TPM community in 2020 and are sorry that this becomes the second cancellation of History Makers. We hope that we can extend this special offer in 2021.
A full refund is being offered to all registered participants of History Makers and Young Adults Retreat. Information has been emailed to all concerned.
We understand also, that camps can form an important part of the faith journey for all involved. We want to urge all to remain in God's word, be faithful in prayer and stay connected (if only via technology) with others to be encouraged in faith.
Stay updated with all the latest TPM information via our website www.tpm.org.au and on social media; Facebook facebook.com/tpmcamping and Instagram @turningpointministries_nsw. You can contact TPM directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0435 314 384.
We are praying for the whole TPM family, the church at large and our nation.
Dion Jaeschke, TPM Chairperson
on behalf of the Turning Point Ministries - Camping Team