Camp Ray Bird

Campers

David Mui

Jeremy Hood

Alyssa Mui

Susan Titus

Ray Bird

Ethel Bird

Our mission

The mission of Ray Bird Ministries is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with Michiana children and teens, nurture those believers, and prepare them for participation in local churches. Ray Bird Ministries specializes in serving families who could not otherwise afford meaningful camping experiences.


Who we serve

At Ray Bird Ministries, we serve the economically disadvantaged children and teens of the greater South Bend area.


Board of directors

Ray Bird Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors including: Linda Burrell, Phyllis Hueni, Randy Meert, John Rader, Tom Thompson, Don Wierenga, David Mui, Keith Walatka, Kristen Haubold, and Shawn Titus.


990

Our form 990 filing with the IRS shows an overview of the previous years finances.


Executive Director, David Mui: david@raybird.org

David has a B.S. in chemistry education from Indiana Wesleyan University. He formerly worked as a public high school teacher, teaching chemistry and physics. David's desire to be involved in the lives of youth and his passion for learning about God's creation was the reason he got into teaching. These same reasons are what brought him and his wife as staff/volunteers to Camp Ray Bird in 2007. In the winter of 2014, David became the Executive Director. David's pastimes include spending time with friends over a good meal, going on road trips, and being outside.


Facilities Director, Jeremy Hood: jeremy@raybird.org

Jeremy formerly worked near South Bend as an electrician for 12 years and as a controls technician for a local manufacture for almost 10 years. He enjoys doing side jobs that include home improvement and home repair projects for people he knows. His passion is serving others using these skills with disaster relief efforts. Jeremy and his wife Becca have 3 kids Jacob, Lily, and Rylie. When he isn't working he enjoys outdoor summer activities with this family, drinking sweet tea and watching NASCAR.


Office Manager, Alyssa Mui: alyssa@raybird.org

Alyssa has a B.S. in exercise science from Indiana Wesleyan University. She started working here as a camp counselor in 2007 and was hooked - she has spent every summer working here since. In 2013 she and her husband, David, moved to South Bend to be closer to the ministry and David became the director soon afterwards. Outside of summer camp, Alyssa loves coffee, backpacking, craft projects, hanging out with friends and being with family.


Food Service Director & Program Director, Susan Titus: susan@raybird.org

Susan has a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Akron in Ohio. She previously worked as nurse on a cardiac floor. She led a youth group for more than ten years in Medina, OH during which time she became acquainted with Ray Bird Ministries. Susan became part of the Ray Bird staff when her husband, Shawn, joined staff in the fall of 2001. When Susan is not working she enjoys drinking tea and cappuccino with friends.




Our heritage

The late Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bird (Ethel)

On December 8th 1914, Mr. Ray Bird backed by a few concerned citizens opened the doors of the City Rescue Mission to South Bend's homeless and needy citizens. Their first Sunday School service was attended by a group of 24 children. The Bird's ministry would continue to focus on the needy children and their families for many years to come. By 1935 the Sunday school had an enrollment of 450 persons.

On an early summer morning in 1919 the Elks Club gathered together on newly acquired land purchased for the City Rescue Mission at Chain O'Lakes (now known as Bass Lake). Mr. & Mrs. Fredrick Cunningham and Mr. & Mrs. James Oliver donated the parcel jointly for Ray Bird's Fresh Air Camp. The Elks Club erected the camp's original lodge in a single day. It became a haven for hundreds of destitute families for years to come. The families worked through the hard times, the husbands seeking work in town while the wives and children raised garden crops at the camp to sell in town. The camp still has in its possession a large garden sprayer, which was used by the Bird's gardeners in the 1920's.

As years passed the camp evolved to meet the needs of each passing generation of needy children. The need continues and the program has continued to change and grow to meet today's needs. But the bottom line stays the same - we are hear to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Today the City Mission no longer exists, but Bird's Fresh Air Camp now known as Camp Ray Bird, continues preach the good news of Jesus Christ to the at-risk children and teens. The following two videos show the history of Camp Ray Bird.

Our statement of faith

We believe that there is one God who is Creator of all things and eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

-God the Father created all things. He is the source of all truth, hope, love and justice.

-Jesus Christ, God the Son, became a man so that we could see who God is and what God expects of us. He died to pay the penalty for our sins and then rose bodily from the grave to demonstrate His authority over all things.

-The Holy Spirit is God continuing to be with us. He guides us, convicts us of sin, assures us that we are God's children and gives us gifts for ministry.

We believe the Bible is God's Word, and that the Holy Spirit directed the human authors so that the original writings are trustworthy and free from error.

We believe in the Deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death for mankind, His bodily resurrection and His personal return to power and glory.

We believe each person is lovingly created in God's image and therefore has great value, but all people have sinned and therefore separated themselves from a personal relationship with God.

We believe that salvation is God's plan for restoring us to a relationship with Him, that eternal reconciliation and reunion with God is possible only through an individual's personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We accept salvation by confessing our sinfulness and receiving God's forgiveness, which must result in living in obedient faith.

We believe that the Holy Spirit has a present ministry of guiding and enabling the Christian to proclaim the Good News of Christ and to minister to the whole person whose needs are spiritual, physical, emotional and social.

We believe that the Church is a manifestation of the person of Christ in this world and that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church bringing about spiritual unity among believers in Christ who are the body of the Church.

We believe that Jesus Christ will return to receive to Himself those who have trusted in Him and that those who have rejected His salvation will be separated from Him forever.

Phone

574-232-8523

Fax

574-232-6544

Mailing address

P.O. Box 3717

South Bend, IN 46619

Street address

25765 Edison Road

South Bend, IN 46628

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