3 Reason For Family Vacation

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3 Reason For Family Vacation

In today’s busy life, families are being pulled in every direction.  Kids are involved in school and sports programs.  Parents often feel more like a taxi service than a family.  Working adults are stretched by work and ministry commitments.  For many, the thought of a vacation is alluring but elusive.  Planning, packing, cooking, and expenses are often too much for a working parent.  Sometimes the trip itself is more exhausting than regular life! 

Yet the vacation is an essential part of building bonds as a family.  Time together is possibly the single most important priority a family can have. 

If you are looking for a wonderful and memorable vacation for your family, consider joining us July 5-8th at Living Waters Bible Camp.  Here are three compelling reasons why Family Camp is right for your family!

1. The kids love it!  This will be a vacation they will talk about for years to come.  Camp is the best place for a kid.  There are lots of new friends to meet and many meaningful activities such as:

  • Creation based nature programs
  • Climbing tower
  • Zip line
  • Archery
  • Groups games and free time

2. It’s easy for parents!  You pack the bags…we’ll do the rest.  Drive into the valley and join the program.  No need to plan anything!

  • Wonderful meals you don’t have to cook!
  • Kid Caddy (Living Waters staff member) to help watch and care for your children
  • Affordable!  Register for camp and that’s it.  All the activities and programs are included!
  • Dorms include bathrooms and air conditioning

3. Time with family in a Christian community. Camp is a safe place for your family.

  • Worship time together
  • Creation programs for the children
  • Sessions on Biblical parenting practices for parents
  • Programs with a purpose
  • A safe Christ focused environment
  • Fellowship with other believers

Family Camp I is nearly full and Family Camp II is filling up fast.  Don’t miss your opportunity for a stress-free family vacation you will remember for years!

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Made Complete

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Made Complete

This spring marks the end of the second year of the Living Waters Teleios program.  It’s hard to believe we’ve already completed two years.  The word Teleios is a Greek word found in the key verse Colossians 1:28-29, “We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature (Greek: teleios) in Christ. To this end we labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in us.

The mission of the Teleios program is to propel students toward maturity in Christ, so that the power of the life of Christ can be unleashed in them as they obey His command to make disciples of all nations.  In this second year of the program, we welcomed Simon Maurer from Belgium and Makala Willette from Minnesota. Makala has been a longtime camper at Living Waters while Simon literally had no idea what he was getting into.  He just came to learn English. 

Through serving at camp, evening Bible studies, Teleios classes, prayer meetings, and living with a family in ministry, the students are challenged to grow in their walk with Christ and their service to His kingdom. 

Simon said that he “came to learn English but God brought him here for another purpose.”  You see, Simon knew about God but did not know Him as his Lord and Savior when he came to Living Waters.  Simon committed his life to the Lord this year and plans to return to school in Belgium to study linguistics.  He says he is considering a calling to Bible translation someday.

Makala came to learn more about food service but also grew emotionally and spiritually.  She started in the kitchen last fall helping where needed and now she is a head cook for meals for our guest groups.  She also testifies of the growth she has encountered this past year.   She plans to continue to serve in the kitchen this summer as Summer Staff.

Makala and Simon served long and hard alongside the full-time staff at camp.  It was such a joy to watch them grow through challenge and learn from experience.  It is with sadness that we say good bye to Makala and Simon but we are grateful to God for the way He worked in their lives and through the ministry of Living Waters.  Simon returned home last week and Makala will soon return to serve on Summer Staff.

If you or someone you know would be interested in the training available through Teleios please review the program on our website.

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This Year's Line Up

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This Year's Line Up

Preseason is just a few days away and the team will assemble at camp soon.  Preseason training will be intense but the team will be ready when the regular season opens.  Opening day will be here before we know it!  No, I’m not talking about baseball, I’m talking about the 2017 Living Waters Bible Camp Summer Staff.  June 7th marks the arrival of our exceptional team members who will be serving this summer. 

Fifteen young people will commit the next 2 and half months of their lives to serving the Lord at camp.  Their duties will vary from answering phones to facilitating nature programs.  Each one will go through a week and a half of training, while a few first timers will continue for two more weeks of training in Foundation Camp.  All of this training will prepare the team for seven weeks of intense service.

Please pray for these young people.  Serving on Summer Staff can be one of the most spiritually and physically challenging experiences of a lifetime.  Pray that the team has hearts and minds prepared to continue the mission and goals of camp, and that they stay focused throughout the summer.

This year’s staff includes; Lydia Dietz in Guest Services, Jmee Felten in Dorm/Kitchen, Aubrey Hart in Photography, Rebekah Loew in Program, Kellyn Maurer in Marketing/Media, Lydia Siler in Program, Jacob Campbell in Program, Kristin Green in Program, Caleb Hadley in Program, Ethan Hart in Video, Makala Willette in Kitchen, Joelle Cannon in Office.

If you would like to contribute to these young adults serving at camp please visit the donor page.  We hope you make it down to camp this summer to meet each one of them!

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Offering Hope

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Offering Hope

The Door of Hope is a Pregnancy and Family Help Center in Viroqua, WI.  By providing pregnancy and family services they are able to minister to people in their time of need.  On April 8th, Living Waters Bible Camp hosted a special 25th anniversary banquet for supporters of the Door Of Hope. 

The first time event welcomed about 80 area Pastors, supporters, and those generally interested in the ministry.  The program included several speakers:

Sue Berg who started Door Of Hope 25 years ago in obedience to the voice of the Lord.

Rachel Niemeyer,  Director of the Door Of Hope, talked about what is happening now and what the vision is for the future. Rachel shared how, in the past month, the Door Of Hope has had over 90 hours of one on one time with clients in need. This is where they partner with parents emotionally, physically and spiritually through one on one classes and discussions educating them on parenting from pregnancy through the teenage years.

Pastor Bruce Milleman encouraged participants with a pro-life message. Patti Broxham, the newest member of the board, shared a heart-warming story of the provision provided to a new client, as well as video testimonials about other clients and what The Door Of Hope has meant to them.

The banquet opened up with prayer and closed with heartfelt thanks to all in attendance and to all who have been faithful supporters over the years.

Door of Hope leadership said "Thank you to Living Waters Bible Camp for partnering with Door of Hope and making it a wonderful night for us all. Living Waters is truly a wonderful and caring place. They truly serve their community. The wonderful dinner that Living Waters prepared and served made for a great time of fellowship and learning more about The Door Of Hope."

By partnering in ministry with Living Waters, The Door Of Hope achieved their goals of community awareness, fundraising and enlisting volunteers.

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Built On The Rock Training Videos

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Built On The Rock Training Videos

Living Waters Bible Camp strives to reach, train and equip people to be Christ-like servants in God’s Kingdom. We need volunteers like you to join us in our mission this summer. All volunteers must participate in this annual training. Most problems that arise among staff are due to staff not being aware of the "what’s, why’s and how’s" of camp policy.

This training is required by state law, ACA standards and by Living Waters policies. If you were unable to attend the training events you must view the training videos and complete the accompanying worksheet.

The videos are available on the website.  Start your training today!

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Marriage and Family

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Marriage and Family

The last weekend of March, fifty-four parents and children entered the valley for a marriage retreat.  You may be thinking, "why would you bring your kids to a marriage retreat?"  Well, normally you wouldn't but this is Living Waters Bible Camp.  We believe God created the family and we want to honor marriage while serving the whole family.

Although it was only our second Marriage and Family Retreat we see this program is meeting a huge need. Both programs were full!

Lee and Kirsten Hildebrand, professional counselors, volunteer to facilitate these Marriage and Family Retreats twice a year.   They do an incredible job making couples feel comfortable and offer practical advice for their marriage.  While the couples enjoyed the sessions the children were guided through camp programs and outdoor adventures.

Be sure to join us for the next Marriage and Family Retreat

Here is what a few of the attendees had to say about their experience.

Parents:

"I saw more peace and happiness in my spouse."

"We appreciated the teaching and saw Christ drawing us closer."

"Fabulous teaching, comfortable accommodations, incredible food."

"I have been so impressed by the way that Christ truly is center in this camp."

Children:

"Awesome bunk beds!"

"I have a better understanding of the creation of the world."

Join us for our next event which will be November 10-12.

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Preparing For Summer

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Preparing For Summer

Makala helping find Geodes

Makala helping find Geodes

Every 10 years, camp has the unique task of collecting hundreds of geodes for our Built On The Rock programs. A geode is a rock containing a cavity lined with crystals or other mineral matter. Geodes can weigh several pounds or less than one pound, and when you head down to Southern Iowa in search of them, you never know what you're going to find.

Tim & Joy led a group of 20 adults and kids with strong backs and the desire to spend the day along creek beds in search of these hidden gems. After the 6 hour bus ride, all were ready to tromp along the river's edge for a day and a half of loading up bags and carrying the geodes uphill and out of the riverbed to the bus trailer. 

The first stop on the geode hunt led to rocks which were few and far between. The second stop on the hunt was an area prolific in geodes! It allowed the group to collect twice as many as the desired 1,000 geodes for which we were searching! We thanked God for the beautiful weather, the safety working among the riverbeds, and the provision of rocks we needed.

The geodes will be used this summer in the "Built on the Rock" program titled Polished Rocks and Geodes.  Children and families will learn how, just like a geode, we might be plain on the outside but God looks on the inside where true beauty resides. Outfitted with safety equipment, campers use chisels and hammers to split the rock open with a partner and then they are taught how to be spiritual partners. Campers are encouraged to remember one another in prayer when they return home and share their Living Waters Bible Camp experience with others.

Make sure you register for camp this summer and maybe mark your calendars for the year 2027 and you and the family can join us on a geode hunt! :)

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ECFA Accreditation

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ECFA Accreditation

Financial Accountability

One of Living Waters Bible Camp's critical success factors is continued financial accountability and stability. To assist in maintaining this standard our Board has asked that camp achieve ECFA accreditation. ECFA is the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  The council establishes standards of responsible stewardship and offers accreditation to Christian nonprofit organizations. Accreditation requires compliance with established standards of financial accountability, transparency, fundraising, and board governance.


Camp's Office Manager, Brant Hougas, worked hard to ensure that camp's policies and procedures met the required standards. In December 2015, camp achieved accreditation and has sustained it for the past year. We pray that this voluntary accreditation will enhance trust among our donors that their gifts are well cared for and used effectively. 


While God faithfully provides for the ministry at Living Waters, ECFA accreditation will give accountability for the resources provided.

Would you consider a gift to help sustain the work God is doing here at Living Waters Bible Camp?  Click here to donate today!

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Mother Daughter Report

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Mother Daughter Report

Uninterrupted time. Purposeful activities. Biblical teaching. God's creation.

All of the above listed were experienced by mothers and daughters in the Living Water's peaceful valley. 

Our speaker Tara Chamberlain, who is a new friend to camp, encouraged us during three sessions to always rejoice, pray without ceasing and continually give thanks. Tara gave many examples of ways to apply these words from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 by developing daily "home habits."

The 78 participants made the most of the programmed events.  Each mother and daughter enjoyed a time of reflection and prayer during the night hike on the Mockingbird Trail.  We again hosted a "Mother-Daughter Dinner Date" on Saturday night and encouraged the moms and girls (and a few grandmas!) to exchange love letters over a delicious home made pizza dinner. We continued our themed "slumber party" dinner by having a popcorn with candy buffet and a relaxing movie night. 

Despite the warmer temperatures, the guests enjoyed being outside in the melting snow and even made the best of it by having a snowman building contest!

The retreat was carefully and prayerfully planned and guests and volunteers were blessed by the weekend at Living Waters.

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Blockbuster Success

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Blockbuster Success

IS GENESIS HISTORY? is a fascinating two hour documentary film which looks at the biblical, historical, and scientific evidence for Creation and the Flood. The movie interviews more than a dozen scientists and scholars as they explore the world around us in light of Genesis.

Living Waters partnered with the "Is Genesis History?" project and reserved one hundred tickets at the LaCrosse Marcus theater for the February 23rd showing.  We had high hopes of selling all the tickets.  Just two days before the movie's showing we were delighted to discover that, not only did we sell all our tickets, but the entire theater sold out!  The theater added another screen and we started selling tickets again.

Long story short, on Thursday night over 475 people showed up to see the "Is Genesis History?" movie on three different screens!  It was an overwhelming success!  Nationwide, 143,000 people viewed the movie making it the number one movie in America for one night. 

Partnering with the movie provided an invaluable opportunity to tell more people about the ministry of Living Waters Bible Camp.  We pray that those who share our deeply held convictions about the importance of Biblical creation will partner with us in ministry.

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