About Us

Sparks familySyd and Andrea grew up in North Dakota and Wisconsin respectively, grateful to be raised in christian homes where the foundations of Truth were laid from an early age.  They each had experiences both attending and working at christian camps that shaped their desire to pursue a career in christian camping ministry.

It was during Syd’s college years at Dickinson State University that he met Gary Wood who introduced him to New Hope Uganda.  In 2001, Syd began a series of several trips to Uganda, ranging in length from two weeks to one year, serving in various capacities.  In 2005, Syd returned to the US to attend Camp Forest Springs’ Leadership Training and Development program.  During that year in Wisconsin, the Lord confirmed His leading in Syd’s life to return to Uganda full-time to start New Hope’s new camp and training center.  It was also during that year that Syd met his fellow intern, Andrea, who had just graduated from Moody Bible Institute.

In 2007, Syd and Andrea were married and about a year later, they packed their bags to move to Uganda.  Since then, they have been excited to be part of God’s work in building Musana Camps from the ground up.  They are overjoyed to be blessed with two children: Malachi (9/10/09) and Eva (10/7/11).  They have added much joy to their lives and much to their ministry as the “novelty” of little white children in their area of Uganda bridges many cultural gaps.  The Sparks are dedicated to what the Lord is doing through Musana Camps .