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The Rain Came Down; The Prayers Went Up

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The Rain Came Down; The Prayers Went Up

You might remember the fun children's song, "The wise man built his house upon the rock."  The moral of the song is to make sure you build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ because hard times "rain" is going to come. 

At camp, that rain came down, literally.  It came in 2008 and caused disaster at camp destroying roads, bridges and program areas.  Just as the song predicts, the rains came down and the water came up...again!

The Bridge

The Bridge

On the night of Wednesday September 21st, 5 inches of rain fell on the already water soaked ground at camp.  By 5 am the dry-wash was a torrent of rushing water.  The water crested over the top of the concrete driving bridge.  The waters washed away dirt and fill, exposing large rock and the foundation of the bridge. Thankfully the bridge stood strong!  Just like the "house on the rock - Jesus!"

The Ice Rink

The Ice Rink

The flood continued down through the valley, spilling over the barriers around the ice rink and filling it with water.  The water has since receded, but left behind a muddy mess.  As the water exited camp, it tore across the tube hill, depositing rock and washing away soil.  

The Tube Hill

The Tube Hill

All in all, the storm only caused superficial damage.  The bridge, roads and most importantly, the campers in the valley were all safe.  However, the clean up from this storm is going to take weeks, if not months, of work.  Tim Hadley estimates that he will need a bobcat skid loader and a backhoe excavator, for at least two weeks, to fix the damage.  If camp needs to rent these machines, it might cost more than $2,000!  

We are looking for anyone who might have machinery available for camp to use, for a few weeks, to help with the clean up.  Do you know of anyone that would be willing to assist camp in this way?  If you are able to help in anyway, please contact Dennis Siler.

Many of you contacted us and said you were praying for camp during the storm.  There is no doubt that the Lord had His hand of protection on His ministry that night.  Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

 

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New Bridge!

After many delays, we were able to get the "Box Culvert" / bridge put in over the dry wash, at last! We are so thankful to all that have helped with this process and to the Lord for providing, once again.

Here are a few photos of the bridge repair process:

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Even More Flooding

There were more floods yesterday.

At around 4pm, three and a half inches fell in about 75 minutes. It washed out the road over the dry wash (
most of the gravel and moved the drain tubes) again - the one we happened to be working on fixing! It is discouraging, as it adds work, inconvenience, and a lot of extra expense. BUT it also provides opportunities for us to wait on the Lord and see how He provides and what He teaches.

There are many things we are thankful to the Lord for:

We are thankful it hasn’t severely affected one camp as of yet, as sufficient repairs have been made quick enough to not stop any ministry. We are thankful no one has been hurt though any of the storms. We are thankful for lots of willing, helpful hands here this summer, since we're having to carry a lot of supplies by hand across the dry wash.

Also, through this, we are realizing that God brings storms into our lives to break out the weak, provide a place for new life and also to firm up and strengthen us for future opportunities for the Him to be glorified. We have received a few opportunities to talk to people about the faithfulness of the Lord through all of this and we just desire to keep praising Him through it all.

Please pray for us (Chris, Aaron, Tim, Joy, Andrew, Dennis, Missy, and Rachal), as well as the summer staff members, as we work to clean up from yet another storm. We appreciate your prayers a ton - please don’t stop as we finish weathering these storms.

Here are a couple of pictures:
... and for some video footage, click here.

God Bless.

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More Flooding and Road Repair

Another storm came in at 4pm last Thursday, July 10th - with wind gusts that were as much as 60-70 mph! The results of this storm were no less saddening than the previous ones, but the Lord provided safety; we're very thankful that no one was injured.

At camp, a couple dozen trees were torn down and the baseball back stop was severely damaged from a large tree falling on it.
At the house at the top of the hill (the old Siler house), a 75-foot section from one of the large trees in the yard fell and put a two-foot hole in the roof and busted several windows.
We'll keep you updated but, Lord willing, insurance should cover the costs of the damage done.

Also, we are so thankful to the Lord for the $25,000 that has been received so far in order to fix the damages to the road. Thank you for your generous contributions. If the Lord lays it on your heart, we are still in need of $5,000 for the remaining repairs.

Work is in progress to get the road bridge fixed. We're hoping to get the bridge finished by the end of this week!
Once again, thank you for your prayers.

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Foundation Camp Service

This week there are two camps taking place at LWBC; 3rd-5th Grade Camp and [week two of] Foundation Camp. (We'll provide an update on 3rd-5th Grade Camp later in the week!)

Yesterday, Foundation Campers headed to LaCrosse to do street evangelism and surveys. There were a number of people who were willing to engage in open conversation about the Lord. It was an exciting thing to witness three professions of faith in Jesus.... we really saw a lot of answered prayer.


Today, the Foundation Campers were able to serve in Gays Mills area (approximately 30 miles south of LWBC) - the place had been pretty badly damaged by the recent floods. There has even been talk of relocating the town a mile away because of the damage. We helped out in nine homes, gutting out water-damaged areas as well as cleaning out basements. Some basements still had multiple inches of mud and up to 18 inches of water (which was needing to be completely cleaned and pumped out). We're thankful to the Lord that we could help them out; the families were very appreciative and said we helped save them a couple weeks' worth of work (in just one day). A handful of these families are even preparing to move back into their homes soon! It was a really neat opportunity to serve in a nearby community.foundation-campers-by-stream(A photo of all the Foundation Campers and staff)

For more information, you can read a news story here and see photos here.

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Flooding at the Camp

We have had another round of strong storms that brought over 9 inches of rain. This has caused some major flooding problems again. A ballpark estimate of damage is anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000 - that is just an estimate and could end up being higher. Last night, as stated on the news, there are over 100 roads in Vernon County under water or washed out.

The road that goes over the dry wash is completely gone and parts of the main road have washed out again, as seen below:camp storm damage

Thanks to Jon Lyman and Matt Siler, we have a good video time line of the flooding. This really shows the amount of water that goes through the valley when we get heavy rains - it is amazing what water can do! Also, photos of the damage are posted here.

Last night, the Fire Department had us totally evacuate camp. So we quickly found places for our 12 summer staff, the 35 people that are here as a guest group, and the few that were here helping with Work Week. We are thankful that we had room for everyone and told them all we wanted to add a little adventure to their week!

Special Note: There is a lot of work to be done to clean up before campers come on Saturday, June 14th. We are thankful that it is currently Work Week and that we have some extra hands to help clean up. We would really appreciate any help you could give! There is a lot to be done to get camp ready for the summer without the flooding and now there is even more clean up to be done.

Please let us know if you are able to come and help out by contacting Missy at 608.634.4373 x21. We are having some problems with the phones and internet at times and are sorry for any inconvenience that may cause you. Again, please let us know if you plan on coming so we can plan meal times accordingly. Thanks!

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