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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.
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.
Out of all the different hot topics discussed today in the media, in our homes, or at church, a rare (and rather sensitive) topic is tithing.
No one really likes thinking about money; how much we make, how to budget it, or how it is actually spent. So don’t worry; I’m not going to write about it.
Instead, let’s talk about tithing our time.
For those of you who are interested in contributing to camp, but are finding it difficult to make ends meet financially, we would love for you to consider “donating” some of your time (whether it be just one afternoon, or as much as a week) to volunteer your smiling face and serving heart to impact the lives of the hundreds of kids who come to camp every summer.
All you need to give is some time. In the end our goal, after our "three score years and ten", is to hear the Master say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
The first time I (Rae Dehnart) stepped foot into the Living Waters kitchen, back in 2013, I had no idea what I was getting into.
I’ve worked in a variety of places in the past; some including a kitchen setting and preparing food for people, and I was excited to volunteer and serve God in the kitchen at camp.
When I started, I certainly had the mindset of “what can I do for camp?” or “what can I do to make the camp experience great for campers?”
A great mindset, to be sure, since I came with a servant’s heart. I truly wasn’t doing it out of selfishness. I wanted God to use me in order to positively impact campers and their families.
I had no idea just how much the experience would change me as well.
Working in a kitchen has challenges; but they are often fun, because the Living Waters environment is completely different than a normal “work” setting. People are there to serve God and to reach people for Christ. I’ve never found a more positive environment to serve, learn, and grow in, than at Living Waters (and the kitchen, especially!)
The best conversations and learning experiences in my entire life have been right there in the kitchen. Serving with other volunteers from all different kinds of backgrounds, with all different kinds of personalities and stories, is a great way to make friends; an opportunity to encourage, and be encouraged.
And there’s good news! You can do it too! Living Waters is always open to kitchen volunteers!
We would love to have you or your church group come serve with us as we reach, train, and equip servant leaders through the truth of God’s Word, and adventures in His creation.
For more information about how you can “tithe your time” at Living Waters, please visit lwbc.org or call: (608) 634-4373
Written by: Rae D.
Is Genesis History? If you ask this question in our society today you will likely receive two very different answers but both of them will be "Yes." It's kind of a loaded question with a double meaning.
Ask an evolutionist "Is Genesis History?" and they will likely answer "Yes, because it is an outdated theory that has no relevance in science today."
Ask a creation scientist "Is Genesis History?" and they will likely answer "Yes, we can depend on the Genesis account as the literal history of creation."
From either worldview, the topic of creation is a hot topic in our world today. Our schools, media and courts assume creation is a myth that has been proven wrong by modern science. But is that the truth? Is Genesis History takes a close look at the scientific proof available to us about creation as described in the book of Genesis.
For one day only Is Genesis History will be available in a movie theater near you. I encourage you to visit the Is Genesis History website to find a location. If you are in the LaCrosse area, Living Waters will be hosting the movie at the Marcus Theater.
Join us on February 23rd for this premier creation training opportunity. Reserve your tickets today on the Living Waters website.
At Living Waters Bible Camp, we foster a culture of missions minded work by providing a platform for service. If you would like to serve the Lord in mission work as a volunteer in our summer camp programs, you will need to attend one of these training sessions for essential training.
Lombard IL, March 25th
Wausau WI, April 8th
Westby WI, June 10th
Click here to find out more!
Pray Like You Mean It!
Prayer was the theme of the 2016 Winter Recharge. I must admit, with such a warm fall season, I was a bit nervous about the possibilities of winter conditions for Winter Recharge. I prayed for good weather, lots of campers and spiritual growth. Praise God, He is faithful and brought all three. 55 campers and 29 volunteers attended Winter Recharge with a focus on "Pray Like You Mean It."
Watch this camper interview to hear first hand how Living Waters impacted their lives.
Any builder will tell you that a good foundation is the key for a sound structure. A skyscraper cannot go up unless its footings are firmly set in bedrock, even if that means drilling down hundreds of feet! Scripture reveals to us that the world around is like shifting sand, here today and gone tomorrow. In the book of Second Samuel, God tells us that He alone is our rock and fortress. In Matthew, Jesus refers to himself as the Cornerstone.
God’s word routinely warns us to build a foundation on the rock, our Lord Jesus Christ. When the wind blows and the rain falls, only a life built on a strong foundation will stand strong.
What is your spiritual life built on? Joins us at Living Waters Bible Camp this year to help make sure your life is “Built On The Rock”!
Of course our new theme comes with outstanding programs. A few of our nature programs will include Gold Panning, Mount St. Helens' Adventure and Rock Hounds. Activities will feature rapelling, bouldering and spelunking.
As the summer schedule wrapped up in August, most of the summer staff went back to school or other jobs. However, we were privileged to have three staff that committed to serving for three more months. Jediah and Adelle Partenheimer and Rebekah Loew served a vital role during our busy retreat season. Their time at camp has come to an end and they will be heading home soon. I sat down with each of them to ask them about their experience.
Why do you serve at Living Waters?
Jediah's first response was a robust "It's the best camp!" After further thought they all agreed that it was the joy of leading nature programs and working with the other staff. Jediah concluded with, "It is a meaningful place to impact people for Christ while learning so much."
How did the retreat season differ from the summer season?
Adelle answered "Busier! There are more needs and less staff make it happen." However, that has a plus side. Rebekah pointed out that when a group comes to camp you get to know them better than you do a summer camper because you are with them for more activities. "In the summer, I led my one program and only saw each camper once." Rebekah continued, "In the fall I facilitated several activities with the same group and got to know the guests better."
What did you do in the evening?
"If we weren't working we were at a Bible study," was the summary of the answer. Bible studies, prayer meetings or group fellowship are available every night, Sunday to Thursday in the camp community.
What was the most challenging task?
- Number 2 was staying up until 1:30am with the Ladies Retreat. "Those ladies like to talk."
- Number 1 was cutting down all the Buckthorn around camp. "It can be painful."
Rebekah shared a story from her time facilitating a nature program. She explained how her group stepped out of the nature center to observe the ropes which outline the dimensions of Noah's Ark. The ropes are very high and very long. She said one boy looked up and exclaimed "Holy Hannah! That's bigger than my house!"
All in all they agreed that their experience at camp has been rewarding and life altering. They are thankful for the time to be a part of the ministry and are sad about leaving. We are sad to see them go and pray the Lord will provide strong workers again next year!
If you walk through any store right now, you will begin to see Christmas decorations going up. Yes, it's early, but ready or not, winter is on its way. As fall ends and winter starts, our focus at camp turns to Winter Recharge, one of our favorite events at camp! Winter Recharge is like a summer camp reunion for 6-12th grade campers, bringing back campers for a spiritual "recharge".
As our last event for the Remember Your Creator theme, it will surely be a special time to recap the importance of knowing God in your youth and putting Him first in your life. Dave Hart will be our speaker. He will challenge campers with a message of commitment and growth to be more Christ like.
No winter event is complete without a friendly game of broomball, a graceful time of ice skating and a brisk afternoon of skiing at Mt. Lacrosse. Returning campers will want to bring a friend to enjoy these adventures.
At the end of the retreat, if tradition continues, we reserve the special privilege of seeing the new, 2017 brochure, for Winter Recharge campers only! Check out the new look and see if your picture made it.
Registration is open now! Be sure to reserve your spot today by clicking here. The registration deadline is December 15th! Hope to see you there.