Summer Camp is Winding Down
August 1, 2010
The summer camp season is winding down. Right now, we are in our last week of hosting young campers. Currently there are seventy-five 5th and 6th graders on site. This is really a great age to work with because they are so open to learning about Jesus and what it means to give their life over to Him. I’m sure by the end of the week our swimming pool will once again become a baptistery, and we will all rejoice with the angels in heaven as another camper is born into God’s family. Thank you for your gift that changes lives!
The summer has been challenging in some ways and rewarding in others, but then, that could be said of every summer camp season. This year we struggled with equipment breakdowns and not so good weather. Even so, we came through okay and the campers probably didn’t mind the wet or even notice the behind the scenes equipment failures. Of course, the rewards are about 950 excited and joyful campers, money raised for worthy missions, tons of spiritual growth, and several life-time commitments made to loving and serving Jesus Christ.
It is now that I begin to miss the summer staff even though they are here for a few more days. These kids have been my closest friends over the past few summers and most all will be moving on to other commitments. I am confident though, that the experiences we shared together at LaMoine Christian Service Camp will serve to keep us strong in our faith until we all “Escape to Paradise”.
Even though the summer camp season ends soon, our ministry work here does not. On August 10th and 11th, we will host 160 Resident Assistants from Western Illinois University. Then over the weekend, we will host a youth retreat from Clover Road Christian Church in Hannibal, MO. I thank you again for your gift and ask that you pray for us year round as we serve God in the same way.