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Summer Camp Reports
KIDS CAMP 1:
Our theme verse for this year was from Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Throughout the week we had many scheduling challenges due to the weather. This made many very weary and tired. God was teaching us to rely on Him, to trust him that he will give us the strength to press on, to finish what He wants us to do. Our goal was to present the gospel of Jesus Christ using what God has given us by his grace. This was through His creation, based on the nature programs presented, the class times, dorm times and all the other activities that were done. Our joy would be that each one will come to the realizations that that they need Jesus in their lives. For those who know Jesus as there Savior, to grow in the knowledge of His Word. He is the one that gives us strength.
What a blessing for everyone serving here at Living Waters to see the Spirt of the Lord working in everyone’s heart. To see children come to know Him as their personal Savior! There were campers that accepted Christ as their Savior and several reassured their salvation. There was many challenges by teachers and chapel time speakers throughout the week to read the Bible.
On Saturday night at the start of our camp I read a devotional from Greg Laurie that asked a question, “Why are you here?” The answer was clear – “To Bring Glory to God” We pray that the Lord will continue to nourish the seeds that were sown in the campers, also, that the staff will be blessed by serving together. We give God the glory for the work that was done.—Rick, Shari, & Steven Lucht
God is on the move at Living Waters Bible Camp. Lives have always been impacted, but the last couple of years we have witnessed an increase in attendance across most of our summer camps. More campers means more impact. More campers also means more staff are needed, and that is the purpose of Foundation Camp. This year the Lord sent us 26 students - the largest class we have had in a long time. We were amazed that all our spaces were filled by the second week of January. Many of these students are already serving at camp as they complete their on-the-job training. We were blessed with an incredible staff with an uncommon level of experience. We cannot thank God enough for His provision. Pray that our trainees will make good on their investment, and commit to serving at Living Waters in coming years.—Dave Hart
We had an amazing week of Boy’s Camp. 49 boys came for the week and throughout the week, we saw God move in the lives of the campers and the staff. We kept them moving from activity to activity but giving them enough time for fellowship. On Tuesday the weather man said it was going to rain all day, we prayed, we planned, and then it stopped raining and we were able to move forward with the day. Truly a blessing and a miracle. My dad and I were extremely honored to have the opportunity to direct this camp together and look forward to improving it next year.—Caleb & Rimon Moses
SENIOR HIGH CAMP:
What a great Senior Camp 2018! We were packed to the gills - bringing in extra beds to house all 93 campers - by far the most we’ve seen. Campers were asked to acknowledge the things that rob them of strength, steal their joy and make them afraid and self-focused. They were reminded of God’s promised grace, provision, faithfulness and healing. In a letter to God, captured on a long wall, campers expressed how they felt — “I trust your wisdom. I trust your Strength. I trust your Goodness” wrote one camper. "God loves me and has not abandoned me.” “God can make me full.” “Going forward I will spend time seeking God’s face and reaching out to others at my church and in my family.”
We are grateful for a loving and available volunteer staff and the provision of such talent from the Summer and Full Time staff. Senior Campers need very little instruction on how to have fun, and camp was at its best - water skiing, sports, crafts, nature programs, music, amazing food, even hard work in service projects. We praise God for his kindness and love to us, we’ve heard so many stories of lifelong impact, memories and friendships.—Keith & Sandra Hadley
We are thankful for another year of Girls Camp! Throughout the week we focused on Isaiah 40:28-31, the Bible passage containing the summer theme Renew Your Strength and considered who God is, what God does, what it means to hope in the Lord, and how we soar in our lives as believers. The campers also learned about the importance of building a focused and systematic prayer life and made prayer journals modeled after the ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) approach to help equip them with strategies for engaging actively in prayer at home.
We saw God moving in the lives of both campers and staff in small and big ways. We’re thankful for the many details that came together and for the flexibility of the campers and staff as various changes needed to be made throughout the week. We also saw God provide for last-minute staffing needs and are thankful for two campers who made professions of faith, in addition to the many campers and staff who were challenged and grew spiritually throughout the week. Thank you for the many prayers that were offered on our behalf… We know God was, and continues to be, at work!—Ana Bures, Joanna Schnieder, & Leah Schneider
KIDS CAMP 2:
What a wonderful week of worshiping God and renewing our strength in His beautiful creation.
Our challenge as staff this week was to meet the campers where they are at in their journey of life. Some campers heard the gospel for the very first time, some clarified their understanding of why they need a personal relationship with God, and some grew in their faithas they strive to be more like Christ on a daily basis. It was an encouragement to all of us that no matter what role we have at camp this week, we can speak truth into the lives of the campers.
We had such a great week together. A few highlights included a hike to Jersey Valley, visiting the Felten Farm and an Eagle Talons Race that was a great dorm building experience. As always it is so encouraging to be down in the valley to serve with the full-time and summer staff and see all of the great work that is being done for God’s kingdom. —Mike & Renee Melcher
Little Squirts camp has been such a blessing and encouragement to see so many young campers (1st-3rd grade) get introduced to camp, many of whom have not previous stayed overnight apart from family. While the separate from family does create many cases of homesickness we see it as an opportunity to share the love of Christ in comforting the camper and communicating that Jesus can always be with you once your trust him as Savior. A lot is packed into 3 short days, in which the campers were able to hear the gospel, encounter His creation through nature programs, swim at the pool, and learn from His word.
One of our favorite parts of Little Squirts is the Monday night campfire where we sing songs, enjoy s’mores, and present the gospel. It was so encouraging to hear the stories of campers asking questions about God and some professing Christ as the Savior. Our hope now is that God takes what the campers learned and experienced and continues to grow them in their relationship with Christ. —Brant & Heather Hougas
HORSE TRAINERS CAMP:
In early August, Horse Trainers Camp welcomed 14 middle school aged girls to our 4th year of all things related to horses! We welcomed back 6 return campers, which was one of my personal favorite parts of the camp. Having renewed relationships with this group of returning campers is meaningful and makes getting into conversations about life and God very intentional. After breakfast each day, our camp went through a thoughtful teaching time on prayer. The girls were taught tools on how to have an effective prayer life and made prayer journals to use at home to either begin or augment a healthy prayer conversation with God. Joy Hadley led 5 wonderful sessions on Horsemanship with all things related to the care, leading, and riding of horses. After spending a full day at Plumfield Farm, the campers and dorm leaders had fun evening activities back in the camp valley. We had team building activities, a craft, campfires, hiking and swimming at Jersey Valley, store time, and games together. I am so thankful to all the volunteer dorm leaders, cooks, dish crew, wranglers and others who helped with this camp. I'm thankful, too, for those who prayed for a safe and spiritually impacting time for these precious girls!—Jenny Thompson
OMEGA CAMP- World Religions: