Comment

Ladies Retreat - Speak Life

 

So you want to encourage others.  How many times have you said nothing, or done nothing because you didn’t know what to say or do that would actually bring comfort?  

 

The truth is, you can’t offer what you don’t have.  True encouragement is a flood that overflows from one life into another.  God, Himself, is the source of that encouragement.  He pours it into your life, steeps it in your own experience, giving to it a rich flavor of empathy.  His supply is so great that is cannot help but overflow into the lives of others.  In the end, the encouragement you give is not your own, but His.

 

Join us, here in the valley, for his year’s Ladies Retreat from September 9th-11th.  This will be an opportunity to train and better equip your walk with the Lord.  We’ll study God’s Word as we enjoy fellowship and fun activities.  Our speaker, Kelly Fernandes, from Onalaska WI, will be presenting on this year’s theme, “Speak Life.”  Focusing on how to be encouraged and encourage others, we will enjoy a few sessions, some activities around camp, and a silent auction.  

 

Sign up today at lwbc.org!

Comment

1 Comment

Kids Camp I - Created For Questions

Wagon ride at the farm.

Wagon ride at the farm.

“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth.” This week, camp was a constant reminder to the kids that God, as both CREATOR and REDEEMER, is real and He is their loving, heavenly Father. One staff member reflected, "It was a God-honoring week" overall. Again and again the gospel was presented through the nature programs, class time, chapel, and Foundation Campers. The dorm leaders challenged each other to stay engaged with their campers throughout the week, keeping up energy levels to give all attention to their dorm and always ready to answer questions. A highlight for the dorm leaders was witnessing those “light bulb” moments in their campers after they had struggled through some tough spiritual questions. The motif of the week was “questions,” as many campers wanted to know more about what they had been taught each day. As always, God was at work throughout the week--prompting kids to dive deeper into the Word and showing them His love through the staff and dorm leaders. 


Here are a few highlights from Kids Camp:

NATURE PROGRAMS

After breakfast and morning devotions, the kids split up into groups to go to their nature programs.  They learned about the effects of the flood in the Bible and God's design of creatures and nature.

SINGING + VERSE REVIEW + CHAPEL

Every year, the campers are taught five theme verses through song.  The songs are designed to help them remember their verses better, and at the end of the week the campers present their verse songs for the parents. 

 

DINO FAIR + POOL

Most afternoons, the big activity is visiting the Westby pool. On Thursday, instead of going to the pool, the kids stayed in the valley for the Dino Fair.  Rotating to various stations, they got face paint and played carnival games.

THE FARM

Another highlight of the week is visiting the Felten farm.  The campers ride horses, pet the animals, and go on a wagon ride.

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

 

Click here for more photos.

1 Comment

Comment

Summer Staff Training Week Recap

This year’s summer staff have been thrown into the elements and refined by fire.  Through servant-leadership training on various programs, TAC elements, and activities like the climbing wall, each person has been tested physically, mentally and spiritually.  Many have had to overcome their fear of heights.  Bonding over worship music and prayer, we have soaked our “brain sponges” with all kinds of safety and leadership training as well as teachings from God’s Word.  Experiencing creation from multiple heights, we have learned to TRUST each other. (Somehow rock climbing becomes a trust exercise when you know your belayer has just been trained and only knows as much as you do.)  In our spare time, we have enjoyed watching the sunsets down in the valley and jumping in rain puddles in the middle of a storm.

 

Our main highlight (a trend we plan to continue) has been our evening prayer times.  It’s been a time of encouraging each other, but also lifting up the other full-time and weekly staff, as well as the campers who will be joining us shortly.  The first two camps will begin soon and once that happens we will all be diving into our roles and won’t work as closely together.  We welcome your prayers and are beyond excited to experience the work of God this summer!

 

 

 

Here’s how you can be praying for the 2016 summer staff:

  • Energy and enthusiasm for the long days and as we are interacting with campers

  • That our words and actions would be focused in glorifying God
  • Humble hearts to grow and learn from each day

Comment

Comment

Heart To Hart

Almost anyone who has been involved with Living Waters Bible Camp over the last twenty-six years knows and loves the Hart family.  About three years ago, they moved to Living Waters, and began serving faithfully as full-time staff.  Each member of the family has filled their roles at camp and beyond, whether it be in the kitchen washing dishes, up front teaching a class, behind the scenes taking photos, or among the staff and campers forming relationships and reaching out.  However, as it says in Ecclesiastes, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”  The Harts will relocate to Wausau, WI by the end of July, and begin serving at Bible Truth Chapel - one of the founding churches of Living Waters This will be a bitter-sweet change, so in light of their upcoming move,  I have asked the family to share a little bit about the transition.

What will you treasure most about your time living and serving here at Living Waters?

The whole family will miss the convenience of living at camp, serving alongside the staff, not to mention the view from their house at the top of the hill. Two things Dave says he will miss the most: the camp staff and orange creamsicle floats. “Everyone is such a servant,” reflects Dave. “The staff sacrifices so much to help each other, and this makes camp a remarkable place of peace.”

How will each of you be spending your time in Wausau?

Dave will serve as the “teaching pastor” at BTC.  Since the church has a growing number of new believers attending, his role will be to disciple and then train others to do the same.  Recently graduated from high school, Aubrey will be attending Northcentral Technical College in Wausau to pursue a graphic design degree.  On the side, she’ll still be keeping up her calligraphy and watercolor business (BellePlume), and she also hopes to get involved with CRU.  Ethan plans to stay busy taking some college classes, finding a job, as well as getting involved playing music and maybe sports. 

Monica has had a busy spring, graduating from the dental hygiene program at Northcentral, getting engaged to Ryan Maurer, and landing her first job, and renting her first apartment in Onalaska.

How can we pray for and encourage you as you make this transition?

Moving in the middle of the busy summer camp season presents a special challenge, but - thankfully - know quite a few people at both ends who can help.

Pray for their house in Kentucky to sell! (Dave)

Ethan would like prayer to find a good friend group and to be able to get involved in Wausau.  But more importantly, pray that he would have older guy friends to be mentored and discipled by. 

Similarly, pray for Monica as she moves out that she would find ways to get involved in ministry and other areas.

Please pray for Aubrey that she would continue to listen to where God is leading her and not just “assume” the next step.  Also, she would appreciate your prayers in adjusting to the new lifestyle.

Sandy admits, “It’s hard to pull your roots from one place.”  They will miss their old life and will need prayers for getting acclimated to their new situation. 

Hart family, we will miss you and will be praying for you every step of the way!

Comment

Comment

Meet Our Staff

From the mountains of Wyoming to the valley of Living Waters.

Hailing from the mountainous, largely desert state of Wyoming comes two of our young, intrepid Summer Staff. Meet Jediah and Adelle Partenheimer! (affectionally known to the camp staff as “Jedelle”)! You may recognize them, as they’ve both worked at camp individually, before they got married in August of 2015. But this summer, they are serving together at camp for the entire summer, as Summer Staff. Why? Well there is quite the story as to how God directed them to camp this year, and you would have to ask them in order to get all the details, but it involves moving half of their belongings to Oregon, and then re-routing to Wisconsin!

Jediah is a hard working, gentle spirited guy who loves a good joke. Other than his muscles, you’d never guess that he has won Wyoming State Championships in Tae Kwon Do. He takes the memorization of scripture very seriously and can do more than just hold his own in a spiritual conversation. He has already contributed so much to the Living Waters facilities and environment, and the summer is only just beginning.

Adelle is our resident artist! (a very talented one, at that!) She has put her fingerprints and brushstrokes all over our dinosaur-themed carnival games we have planned for the summer. She loves to work alongside her husband (and vise versa) and you’d be hard pressed to find them separated at any time of day.

And Camp is just one in a series of adventures this couple’s had in the last nine months. Two of their favorite pastimes are elk hunting in Wyoming, and street witnessing in Oregon. They are both excited to see what God has in store for this summer, and so are we!

If you haven’t yet registered yourself, your kids, or your neighbor’s kids(a joke), it’s not too late to do it! Visit www.lwbc.org to get started!

Comment

Comment

Keeping Up With Up Keep

The last time you were at Living Waters, you may have noticed the neat and tidy facilities everywhere you go. That is in no small part due to all the hard work volunteers and staff do to keep the resources God has given us in tip-top shape. And there is always something to be done, whether it's detailed spring cleaning or outdoor improvements like painting and pressure washing, camp always has a need for helping hands. In the past, one of the ways we’ve collaborated with volunteers is with a spring Work Week.

But this year we have no Work Week! And why is that? Well we got the answer from Chris Sutton, our one and only Maintenance guy. He says, “Originally, Living Waters was closed during the winter time, and people all gathered together in spring to get it ready for use again; to un-winterize it. We continued on the Work Week tradition ever since, but these days we’re open year-round; we really need year-round help.”

And that means you! If you, your family, church, or community service group has a spare day or two, we would love your help! We have indoor, outdoor, and rooftop projects that need volunteers of all ages and talents.

Interested? Just give Living Waters a call! We can set your group up with a project that fits your schedule.

We are also searching for a summer staff member that would help in the facilities department this summer.   This is a critical role in keeping camp look nice and function properly. 

P: (608)634-4373

E: lwbc@lwbc.org

Comment

Comment

Creation Report

"This afternoon we are going to light some kids on fire!", teased Eric Hovind from Creation Today as he opened the Coulee Region Creation Conference. Fill a room with excited believers from ages 4 to 88, add two dynamic creation speakers and you have a recipe for a great weekend.

On April 29-30, Living Waters welcomed Tim Chaffey from Answers In Genesis and Eric Hovind as the keynote speakers for the conference.  To say they were engaging speakers is an understatement.  

Tim Chaffey is the chief curator for the Creation Museum and the new Ark project in Kentucky.  He is responsible for writing the text for all the signs you will see in the Ark.  He shared many behind the scenes stories, pictures and videos of the Ark project.

Eric Hovind brought his high energy and very exciting science experiments to show the wonders of God's creation.  He amazed us all with giant smoke rings and small explosions.  He taught the crowd to shoot rubber bands the "scientific way" as an example of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.    And yes, he even started a few kids on fire!  Using bubble solution he created propane filled bubbles.  A volunteer/victim from the audience came up, dipped their arm in water, then scooped up a handful of bubbles and Eric lit the bubbles on fire!  Of course he reminded all the children "not to try this at home...do it at a friends house."

After lunch, in-spite of light rain, campers went outside to enjoy a variety of Living Waters nature programs.  These hands on programs are designed to help campers discover creation for the purpose of drawing them to wonder about the Creator.

Once again, the creation conference proved that Living Waters is indeed a premiere creation resource in the Midwest.  We hope you can join us for our fall Creation Adventure Retreat and next sping when Steve Austin joins us for the Coulee Region Creation Conference. 

Comment

Comment

Coulee Region Creation Conference

On April 29-30, Living Waters welcomed Tim Chaffey from Answers In Genesis and Eric Hovind as the keynote speakers for the conference.  To say they were engaging speakers is an understatement.  

Tim Chaffey is the chief curator for the Creation Museum and the new Ark project in Kentucky.  He is responsible for writing the text for all the signs you will see in the Ark.  He shared many behind the scenes stories, pictures and videos of the Ark project.

Eric Hovind brought his high energy and very exciting science experiments to show the wonders of God's creation.  He amazed us all with giant smoke rings and small explosions.  He taught the crowd to shoot rubber bands the "scientific way" as an example of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.    And yes, he even started a few kids on fire!  Using bubble solution he created propane filled bubbles.  A volunteer/victim from the audience came up, dipped their arm in water, then scooped up a handful of bubbles and Eric lit the bubbles on fire!  Of course he reminded all the children "not to try this at home...do it at a friends house."

After lunch, in-spite of light rain, campers went outside to enjoy a variety of Living Waters nature programs.  These hands on programs are designed to help campers discover creation for the purpose of drawing them to wonder about the Creator.

Once again, the creation conference proved that Living Waters is indeed a premiere creation resource in the Midwest.  We hope you can join us for our fall Creation Adventure Retreat and next sping when Steve Austin joins us for the Coulee Region Creation Conference. 

Comment

Comment

Rec Room Wreking Crew

God Provides: Unexpected Blessings

Spring is here! Winter has finally gotten the hint and left us for good! Well, at least until November, that is…

Spring means lots of changes and transitions for Living Waters staff too. Lots of preparations are being made for another busy summer of ministry. One of the many planned projects this Spring was remodeling the Rec-room.

A small planned upgrade to the Rec Room grew into a major project when customized industrial windows were donated to camp!  We received a phone call from a friend of camp who works for a window company. He said that his company had fourteen windows available to donate to camp if camp could use the extra large windows. How could we turn that down? The old windows in the Rec Room were far from airtight; they had plastic covering them year-round just to keep the kids from blowing away. 

God provided the tremendous, unexpected blessing of the giant 9’x5’ windows for the Rec Room. Each window weighs about 350lbs. They were so large that the remodeling crew (camp staff and volunteers) had to shore-up supports in the wall to hold them up!

The Rec-room remodel also included industrial carpeting lines the upper half of the walls (professionally installed by a volunteer), and fancy accent lighting was added along the windows. The fluorescent lighting on the ceiling has been replaced, and the entire ceiling repainted.

If you walk into the Rec Room now, the huge windows and well-lit atmosphere almost makes you feel like you’re standing outside! You can enjoy and observe nature and all the camp activities from the comfort of our cozy and warm building.

God sure knows how to take care of us. We make plans, and think they’re pretty good. But when we allow God to take the lead, He shows us just how awesome His plans are for us. And they are always better than we could have ever imagined. 

Watch a time-laps video of the project. 

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Comment

Comment

Homeschool Family Camp 2016

As the school year begins to wrap up, Living Waters Bible Camp hosts a family camp that is specifically geared towards homeschoolers! Yes, they are the families who get to do their school in pajamas, and still do schoolwork on snow days. We acknowledge that it's a huge commitment to teach kids every day. With that in mind, Living Waters strives to create an environment that encourages parents to just spend time with their kids, and to enjoy discovering and learning with them. These families get to be the first to experience our new programs for the year, including Paleontology, Waters of the World, Fossil Dig, the Evidence for a Creator Hike, and Extraordinary Animals. Over the four days of camp the families hiked, explored, rode horses, sang songs, climbed, and ate good food.

 

We had the opportunity to ask the homeschooling parents a few questions. Here are their responses:

Schmidt Family

From: Milwaukee, WI

Number of Kids: 2

How many years have you been coming to camp? This is our first time here.

What do you think about camp so far? It’s been really great. The programs are really fun and engage the kids and are interesting too; well done, as far as content. The accommodations are far more comfortable than I anticipated.

Why do you homeschool? There are many reasons, mainly so that we are the ones who raise our kids, not someone else. And so that we can make sure we are imparting our faith, and spending time together and having close relationships.

Why choose Living Waters? We heard about it, and got something in the mail. It looked great, and the prices were reasonable. And the idea of having a homeschool camp was nice because there are going to be other homeschoolers there.

 

Boyd Family

From: Chicago, IL Area

Number of Kids: 2

Why do you homeschool? We feel like it’s a great opportunity to spend that time with the kids, and to be able to steer their education so that it is always Christ-centered.

How many years have you come to camp? This is our fourth year.

Why choose Living Waters? Someone we knew had been coming for years and years and they told us about it.

What do your kids like most about camp? They like to be outside in God’s creation and getting to experience new things they’ve never seen before.  
Is the value of the week worth the cost of camp? Yes. Even though we’re missing school this week, the nature programs are educational and reinforce being Christ-centered.

 

Katie Welch

From: Westby, WI

Number of Kids: 5

Why choose Living Waters? It’s close, it has a solid foundation on the Lord, and we love the people here; we love being here.

What is your favorite Nature program? Evidence for a Creator.

And there you have it. If you are a homeschooling family and have never gotten the opportunity to come to Living Waters for homeschool camp, take a look at our website, it has all the information you need to know about upcoming homeschool events: www.lwbc.org

Comment