Wired 2021 canceled due to COVID-19
Regretfully, WIRED Ministries announces that the WIRED 2021 camp scheduled for June 20-25, 2021 has been cancelled. The WIRED Ministries’ Board of Directors unanimously voted on the decision earlier this week.
There are numerous reasons why this decision was made, but a few of the primary reasons cited by the board were:
- Slower Vaccine Distribution – Local healthcare officials have advised that it could be summer before vaccines are available to the General Public. Therefore, no healthcare provider could say with certainty that the Wiregrass area would be back to normal or low risk by the end of June. Without this certainty, it would be virtually impossible to plan an event the size and magnitude of WIRED week without risk of exposure.
- Host Church Locations – Some of the larger churches in Dothan serve as host locations for housing the 1000+ participants each year. None of the current host churches have started having small groups on campus regularly nor have a scheduled date for when they will resume. Logically, this means that they would not be open to hosting students sleeping, eating, and showering on their campuses.
- Availability of Ministry Sites – A huge percentage of the non-profit organizations, senior adult centers, and assisted living facilities typically served during WIRED week are still not allowing visitors/volunteers into their facilities and do not know when this policy will change.
“Ultimately, we want to ensure that the health & safety of everyone in our community is the top priority in making this difficult decision. We know how much WIRED Week means to our churches, area non-profit partners, students, and the community,” says Mark Anderson, Executive Director of WIRED Ministries. “However, we are at peace that this is the right decision to make based on the current circumstances we are facing.”
WIRED Ministries hosted the first weekly missions camp in the Wiregrass in 2008. Since then, approximately 12,000 teens & adults have participated in this annual summer camp that strives to unite, serve, & disciple through an intensive week of community service, missions, bible study, and corporate worship.