At Camp, by Paul
Unfortunately, summer is over. We might get a few more warm days but the summer program at camp is done. I’m always sad to see it go.
It was an incredible summer of ministry. I was blessed to have my son, Jackson, serving on Summer Staff. He worked as the marketing assistant in my office and I had a blast working with him. Sixteen other summer staff served as well. It was my joy to interview, hire, and mentor those young adults throughout the summer. Each individual comes with unique gifts and challenges for the team. It is always a challenge and goal to keep the team together and working hard.
When summer is done, the volunteers and summer staff go home and the school groups start coming…and keep coming. Fall is an intense time of year serving groups with very few staff. It has been a special time, however, as God shows His faithfulness. Three boys from one school accepted Christ while they were at camp! The whole class of students were overjoyed that the boys they had been praying for committed their life to Jesus that week.
My role at camp is so diverse. I do such a wide variety of activities: facilitating team building, driving the bus, hosting groups, reviewing insurance policies, building the website… I love every minute of it!
I am so appreciative of all of your prayers and support. Our family has reached a significant goal of 80% in fundraising, and we rejoice in the Lord for reaching this milestone. Ultimately, we need to make it to 100%. Would you consider supporting us with a gift of $25 or $50 a month? It is easy to set up on the camp website.
Thank you for your partnership with us in ministry. We could NOT be serving here at Living Waters if it were not for your support!
At Home, from Jenny
The kids and I had a great summer at home. Having Jackson at camp on summer staff definitely changed the dynamics around the house, but it was a blessing knowing he was serving in the Lord’s will right where he was supposed to be.
We loved the handful of chances we got to host the summer staff this year and strive to make the times they are with us relaxing and fun, too. We hosted one evening we called “Christmas in July.” We decorated sugar cookies, drank frozen hot chocolate and had a cutthroat round of White Elephant!
As I have for the last several summers, I worked at registration every Sunday afternoon of summer camp and enjoyed seeing, especially, those first-time campers that look so nervous and excited to be campers! On Saturday, pick up day, it is always a fun time of seeing families we see sporadically over the course of the year, reconnecting and building relationships with them as we serve and promote camp.
I was blessed to be able to be a Bible teacher at Girl’s Camp again this year. This is a role in which I am slowly getting more comfortable. Directing Horse Trainers Camp at the end of the summer is always so special. The best part of it is being with the campers. They are always such special girls; each unique in their own way. I love getting to meet the new campers and connect with returning campers, too.
Our fall season at home started slow but is now in full swing with all our family’s activities. PJ & Lena work hard at their schoolwork each day and attempt to be done early enough to either go outside or to afternoon activities, depending on the day. Jackson is still volunteering down at camp when he can, working on his senior year of high school and applying for college scholarships.
As always, we’d love to host you in our home or at camp…come and see us sometime!