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!