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August 6th 2019

THANK YOU EVERYBODY for another great summer!!  the faithfulness and hard work and enthusiasm of so many, your love for the kids here, are together a huge testimony to what God can do through His people.   

Our biggest event of the summer, Teen Camp, was great fun. They really enjoyed the creek and pool, camping in the woods, solo time outdoors, and the good fellowship and food.  Our speaker for Teen Camp was Evan Jensen, youth pastor at the First Alliance church in Franklin. He knows how to bring the message right to their level, with a powerful and practical application. Several of his youth group were here too, and his family.

Junior camps went well too, lots of future Teen campers!!  Our fullest week of the summer, surprising us all, was Junior Two, 97 children attending. We needed an extra cot in almost every room, in fact we had to build five more cots.

Junior One featured a new speaker Bobby Godfrey, lots of great Bible stories from Genesis on.  For Junior Two we had a special treat, Dr Bill Bradford returned!! He had been here for several summers in the past. We still use many of his ideas, like the climbing wall in the gym and the bleachers at the campfire. It was good to hang out with him, reminiscing, and brainstorming on new things for the future.

High Trek was full too. In fact we added second trip to accommodate four more boys. They had lots of woods time, mountain biking, rafting trips, all sorts of adventures.

The creek has been especially good this year, full and sparkley. It can be hot in July and August, but the creek keeps cooling us off!! We have had lots of rain. . . every day there seemed to be a thunderstorm brewing up in the park.

The new things at camp added a lot to the summer, the radio-controlled cars (we built a dirt track for them), a couple Eno hammock stands for relaxing. We have new curtains in all the lodge rooms which everybody appreciates. Some new tables in the dining hall. New balls in the gym.  Rocking chairs on the porches.

There is still lots to do.  The cottage needs a new roof (we have the materials but not the time and manpower). The Lodge needs upgrades to furnishings. There is paint and siding looking worn on some of our buildings. And we need another van to replace the old worn out van. Ditto on the golf carts.

God always provides our needs. It just takes lots of prayer. . . . so keep praying!! And come help when you can – any time.

Serving our Lord,

      Joel