The annual Family Camp sponsored by Person 2 Person Ministries (P2P) is underway this week, with several thousand people expected to attend the four-day Christian gathering at Restoration Acres just outside Hillsboro off SR 124.
As described by P2P Ministries, “Hillsboro Family Camp began in 1972 and has grown to become a premier event in the Restoration Movement in America. Drawing several thousand people each year to the P2P home base, Restoration Acres, Family Camp has been the catalyst for other Family Camps to be established from Delaware to Arizona, and from New York to Florida. It is a preaching event that typically includes twenty-one different sermons from 15-20 different speakers.”
Confirmed speakers this year include Ray Bennett, George Faull, George AlSaty, Lee Mason, Jim Book, D.J. Maxey, Aaron David, Jeff Faull, Phil Young, Vernon Eldridge, Denny Coburn, Linwood Smith, Jason Cole, Chad Broaddus, David Bentley and Tyson Chastain.
According to a history available from P2P, “Person to Person Ministries was established in 1967 under the direction of Larry “Bus” Wiseman (director 1967-1979) with the help of several Southwest Ohio residents who stepped up to the challenge to begin an evangelistic ministry that would reach out to families. It was in 1972 that Person to Person Ministries began hosting their Family Camp Meeting at the Marvin Wilson farm outside of Hillsboro, Ohio. About 15 families camped out and about 200 people were in attendance at that first Family Camp Meeting.”
Later, 73 acres were purchased and named Restoration Acres.
“We now have 153 acres of campgrounds, where 400 to 500 camper units and 3,500 to 4,000 people converge each year for the annual Camp Meeting,” according to information available at www.p2pm.org.
Each year’s camp typically features preaching, live music and a variety of exhibits including books, DVDs, apparel and other items at the camp’s pavilions and shelters.
The camp began Monday and runs through Thursday. It is located at 5845 SR 124, less than five miles northwest of Hillsboro.