Camp Barnabas Mission Trip 2024

Our family is going on a mission trip to Camp Barnabas this summer!

Camp Barnabas is an amazing Christian camp for kids and adults with special needs (Down syndrome, blindness, chronic diseases, etc.).

Instead of facing “no” constantly because of their disabilities, at Camp Barnabas they experience the word “YES!” and Christ’s powerful love for them.

It’s the campers’ favorite week of the year experiencing fun outdoor activities adapted to them and growing in their faith through worship, devotionals and prayer.

I (Katie) have served at Camp in a variety of ways many times over the years (counselor, staffer, cabin mom, etc.) and it’s been my dream to introduce our boys to my favorite place in the world!

We will serve as a family Term 1 June 2-7 during the week for adult campers with Down syndrome, developmental disabilities or autism. We will be helping out in the kitchen, with music, and with various other projects they give us.

What a blessing it will be to share God’s love with these wonderful campers!

I met our dear friend PJ Self when she was a camper.  She had muscular dystrophy but that didn’t stop her from living a full life!  She was the Kansas state spelling champion, a junior bridesmaid in our wedding and visited us in the summertime in California.

When she was just 17 years old, the Lord Jesus took her home to heaven; while we miss her and think of her often we continue to be inspired by her life.  She was a shining example of Christ’s love and grace – a truly incredible person.

We got to know PJ’s family too and have stayed in touch often since her passing.  We’ll get to see them on this trip (they don’t live far from camp) and are looking forward to a sweet reunion with them.


If you would like to contribute, you can:

Donate through our church on this page. If you itemize tax deductions, this will provide you a receipt of your donation.

-Donate to us directly. Our address is 8800 Cadura Circle Elk Grove, CA  95624.  We can take donations through cash, check or Venmo.

Venmo:  @Katherine-Neumann-5

**Please note:  We will be seeing friends and family before and after the trip and the funds we raise will not be going towards those adventures, only the adventures surrounding Camp. 

My husband Peter and I, along with our sons Ryan (12) and Andrew (11) will travel to Purdy, Missouri where Camp Barnabas is located. Our church group is going later in the summer, so we are on our own to raise support.

We would deeply appreciate your prayer support and are raising funds to cover mission trip costs.

Travel expenses include:

$3,000   Airfare & Rental Car

$400     Camp Volunteer Fees

$400     Lodging and food the day before/after camp

$3,800  Total