During the last week of July, Peace Village Ruidoso, a camp designed to encourage children and youth to walk paths of non-violence, descends on the High Mesa Healing Center in Alto, NM. Peace Village Ruidoso, an affiliate of Peace Village, Inc., has been a ministry of First Christian Church Ruidoso since 2011.
Founded by FCC member and elder Barbara Mader, who also owns High Mesa Healing Center, Peace Village has spent the last 13 years teaching the young people of Lincoln County about the world around them and about loving others as they love themselves.
The content is taught by a team of dedicated volunteers, from FCC Ruidoso and the surrounding communities, that include retired and current educators. Groups are led by teens, who provide positive role models for the campers. Many of the leaders have attended Peace Village and demonstrate to the campers what they have learned.
An important part of Peace Village is “Rites of Passage”, a coming of age experience for 12- and 13-year-olds led by FCC’s Pastor Matt Every.