Neddo Speaks at Carroll Missions Week
Monday, March 21, 2011
by Beth Sowers
Hannibal, MO - Hannibal-LaGrange University hosted the eighth annual Carroll Missions Week March 16-18. This year’s featured speaker was Marc Neddo, co-director of Camp of the Peaks in the French Alps.
“Camp of the Peaks is a vacation center that is a haven for God in France to save the lost and strengthen the found,” says Neddo, who has been there full-time since 2004, but has been involved with the camp since the 70's (his father was one of the founders). He was born and raised in France and holds both French & American citizenship. Neddo holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration and a master’s in Sports Management/Physical Education, and is a nationally licensed soccer coach. After graduating from Bryan College in Dayton, TN, in 1992, Neddo began his return to Camp of the Peaks in 1998 and has served there every summer since then, while teaching at Bryan College. In 2003 Neddo transitioned to full-time at Camp of the Peaks. While on state-side assignments Neddo has served HLGU in a variety of ways: in the athletic department (2005), as missions director (2008) and this academic year as Missionary in Residence.
Neddo’s passion for his ministry at Camp of the Peaks was evident as he shared stories with the students, though not wanting to take credit for the many wonderful things going on there, he gave the glory to God. “It really is God’s ministry,” said Neddo.
He also spoke to the students about how suffering is just a part of life and that they need to exhibit a survivor mentality. “Expect the fight. Expect hardship. Be on your guard, because if you’re not, that’s when you could slip and fall very quickly.”
Neddo acknowledged the struggles college students face in dealing with peer pressure and doing the right thing. “One of your key challenges is to look at something and say, ‘This is not popular, but it’s right.’”
“All you ever have to be is yourself,” said Neddo. “God’s hands have your very being and future on them. We are His workmanship.”
Carroll Missions Week is a result of the vision and generous resources of Rheyma and the late Kenneth Carroll of Monroe City, MO. Before his death in 2008, Mr. Carroll said he wanted to do something that would make a difference in eternity. Through the establishment of the Carroll Missions Week and the building of the Carroll Missions Center, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll are touching eternity through the lives of thousands of HLGU students. Mrs. Carroll continues this vision by supporting student missionaries who go out from HLGU and impact the world for Christ.
For more information about the HLGU Missions Department contact Dr. Jeff Brown at 573-221-3675, ext. 3015.
Contact InformationCarolyn Carpenter
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