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Volunteer Training 2017

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!

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Continued Service

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Continued Service

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."

Favorite moment?

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!

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Christ The Common Bond

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Christ The Common Bond

Summer camps are complete and summer campers, volunteers and staff have gone home.  The first day without campers in the valley is always an eerie feeling.  Too quiet but it doesn't last long.  Soon after summer, social media lights up with photos from the summer.  Pictures and comments about "the most amazing summer ever" and "I will miss you guys!" flood the internet.  We all have those most cherished moments from camp but what makes it really special is the unity we experience through Jesus Christ.  My favorite social media post was from summer staffer Aubrey Hart, who said, "Friendship is a beautiful thing. But how much more radiant it becomes when Christ is the common bond! Until next time friends!"

What is it about camp that creates these intense, powerful and lasting relationships?  It is two things.  First it is, as Aubrey mentioned, the common bond of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Secondly, it is the spiritual growth and training that occurs through disciplining.

Living Waters Bible Camp uses God's Word and Adventures in His creation to help build servant hearted, sold-out followers of Christ.  Jesus Christ, and His wondrous love for us, is why we are here and is the message we share with every camper that comes in the valley.  It is the very person of Jesus Christ which permeates our relationships and unites us as one.  At camp, nearly everyone you meet is a bother or sister in Christ.  It is fertile ground for Godly relationships.

Discipleship is the other ingredient to building memorable relationships at camp.  Jesus often took His disciples away for the purpose of teaching and training.  It is this process of getting away from our daily busyness, spending time in God's creation with like minded people and serving one another that refuels us spiritually and challenges us to grow.

At Living Waters discipleship occurs when one generation proclaims God's glory to the next.   It happens in the dorms, in the classroom, at the pool and in the chapel.  We have always been intentional about the training and equipping which occurs at camp.  Living Waters has created an environment where people can slow down and spend time in God's Word, spend time in His Creation and spend time with His people.

If you would like to help make sure this ministry is here for future campers please consider offering a contribution.  We are nearing the end of our financial year and your gift makes a significant difference in the success of this ministry. 

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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

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