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River UMC holds lakeside campout
Fundraiser benefits developing countries
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Forsyth County News

For more information or to register for River United Methodist Church’s campout, contact Pastor Nancy Johnson at
(678) 648-5522 or
Members of one local church are raising funds for developing countries in need.

The River United Methodist Church has scheduled a campout May 29, which will include a barbecue dinner, games, crafts and campfire storytelling.

The goal is to raise money for an organization called Kiva, which issues small loans to people, families and groups in developing nations.

The loans help first-time business owners, creating income for families and villages in areas of pervasive poverty.

Nancy Johnson is pastor of the River, a new congregation forming in southeast Forsyth.

She said playing host to the campout seemed like “a fun way to try to raise funds and raise awareness of the situation in developing nations, and particularly of the opportunity through Kiva.”

According to its Web site, Kiva is “the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending Web site, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.”

Johnson said the campout idea was the product of brainstorming.

“We try to do a lot of things in the community, and we try to make them varied and interesting,” she said.

Registration for the campout is $30 for adults, $25 for children or $100 for a family of four. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 29 at Shady Grove Campground, 7800 Shadburn Ferry Road.

Participants who are not able to spend the night can eat dinner and participate in activities for $10.

Those who raise the most money — either through collecting donations or bringing other participants — can spend the night in a “luxury tent,” complete with an air mattress, breakfast in bed and a lakeside view.

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