OTTAWA - Pastor David Villanueva was a special guest speaker at Ottawa Trinity United Methodist this past Sunday.
The church was celebrating its child-oriented missions, one of which is its support of Camp Sierra Linda, located in Monterrey, Mexico. The camp, which has been in existence since 1952, is the only United Methodist camp for over five million people in the Oriental Conference.It serves over 2,500 young people each year.
Pastor Villanueva, who lives outside Monterrey, had been in the United States for the previous nine days, traveling to churches to speak about the camp. Trinity donated the most money to Camp Sierra Linda in the Northwest Ohio District.
Pastor Villanueva expressed gratitude for the congregation's efforts, money and prayers for the children in his district. He said poor children, children without mothers or fathers, broken families and those without schooling benefit from Camp Sierra Linda. Trinity also paid homage to their minister, Pastor Lynda Lockwood, in recognition of Clergy Appreciation Month, by presenting her with a framed photo of the church, inscribed with a Bible verse and autographed by congregation members.
Clergy Appreciation Month was started in 1994 by Focus on the Family's H. B. London, Jr. Focus has since designated the second Sunday of October as Clergy Appreciation Day; 49 of the 50 states recognize that day annually as Clergy Appreciation Day. It is a special time that the congregations of many different denominations set aside each year to honor their clergy for the hard work, sacrificial dedication and multiple blessings provided by these special people.
In Putnam County, whether or not the event is celebrated is dependent not so much on the denomination, but on the congregation. Pastor Lockwood traveled to Camp Sierra Linda in the summer of 2012 to assist with a weeklong Bible School. She is dedicated to the church, and especially to children's missions.