Everyone who visits camp in the winter expects a snowy tube hill, thick ice for broomball, clean skates for ice skating, and groomed trails for cross country skiing.
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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!
You know about the Ark at Answers In Genesis. A full size replica of the biblical Noah's Ark. Do you know about "The Ark Experience" we have right here at camp?
If you were in the valley this summer perhaps you did notice it. Two long white ropes, hanging from a guide wire, stretched across the valley. Uninformed guests asked if they were some kind of huge football goal posts. We would respond, "Well not exactly." These two ropes served as an outline of the Ark for campers to see its immense size during the Waters of the World nature program. The ropes display the height and the width of the actual size of the Ark. Look closely at the photo and you can see them for yourself.
Waters of the World was one of the campers favorite programs this summer. They learned about the power of water during an earthquake and resulting title-wave. They discovered the potential energy of super heated water. They even got to interact with a 8 foot long model of the Ark. After reading the biblical account of the flood, they wondered about the catastrophic impact of a global flood!
One of the goals of the program was to help campers connect the flood account from the Bible to what they see in the world around them today. Making campers see that God's word is true yesterday, today and tomorrow is important to the ministry at Living Waters. If you participated in the program we trust it was an eye opening adventure in God's creation that lead you to worship Him in a deep more faithful way. If you missed it you have a second chance to see it during our Creation Adventure Retreat on September 30 - October 1st.
Please pray for us as we share this nature program and many others with school and retreat guests who visit camp this fall.