The United Methodist Church Asian American Summer Camp, in its 45 year history of empowering and inspirational ministry, has developed a reputation amongst its participants as a family-like community, yielding lifelong relationships and faithful servants of God.
Meet The Directors
Camille Obata hails from Buena Vista United Methodist Church, and this is her second year directing Asian Camp. Outside of camp, Camille attends Boston University School of Theology and enjoys experiencing the seasonal weather changes. Camp has been such an important place for her development as a person. AC gave an instantly warm welcome when she was a nervous first time camper. She loves telling the story of how Kelli generously offered to roll Camille’s heavy suitcase to the cabin when they first met. Camille is humbled to serve Camp and aims to create an environment where the community built through God’s love can cultivate spiritual growth.
If Camille were a color she would be CLOUDBURST CAM. Cloudburst is a vibrant, muted white that shines through the sun’s rays. Clouds take on many forms and shapes (cirus, cumulus, stratus, etc.) just like cam can, and they will fill the sky with their beauty and wonder.
“Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive and go do it because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman
Kelli Yamaguma origins from Aldersgate United Methodist Church and has been fortunate enough to have attended NJAUMC camps as a camper, counselor, and director. This is her second year as part of the Asian Camp Design Team. Kelli is the Program Director for Sunday School and Youth Ministry at her home church, Aldersgate UMC, and an after-school care teacher at a local Palo Alto elementary school. Camp has been a constant in her life for the past 10+ years. It is where she discovered and explored her relationship with God and where she was challenged to grow as a Christian and as a spiritual leader. Camp has been a source of so much happiness and love in her life and she is very grateful and feels blessed to be part of the DT of 2020; she is ready to see our hands come together to do God’s work and spread His love!
If Kelli were a color she would be KINDLING KELLI. It is a glowy orange ember color that illuminates the darkest of spaces. The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole.
"Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” -Walt Disney