Camp Levi is named for our sweet little friend, Levi, the son of Dustin and Caroline Jernigan, pastor of our sponsoring church, Jacksonville Presbyterian in southern Oregon. Levi was born with a form of cerebral palsy and has been diagnosed with autism. The Hebrew name, Levi, means “attached to” – which means so much more with a child with a disability. Attached to. United. Joined. We have such a strong attachment to our children with greater needs, some who might need a lifelong commitment.
What an appropriate name for Camp Levi as we gather families affected by disability into a united community. We are joined by our commonalities through disability and fully included with the help from our outstanding Short Term Missionaries. The fellowship and acceptance we experience here is not often found in our everyday lives.
But even more, we are united and joined together because of the love of God shown so abundantly at Camp Levi, as we become “attached to” Jesus Christ our savior.