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Church Bible Camp

The three of us girls were thrilled with the opportunity to once again help with the Redby Bible camp this summer, assisting a group from New York. The great thing about this camp is that the kids that come are the ones that we have the privilege of working with at the weekly Kid’s Club during the school year at Redby Community Church.


DSCN0203There’s something about camp that strengthens relationships unlike Sunday school, VBS, or Kid’s Club.  At camp, you get to live with the kids for a week.  You don’t have to start over each day with relationship building.  You aren’t disconnected from their lives that week.  Some of them have some pretty difficult challenges in life.  It is so special to see them smile, laugh, and have a good time.

DSCN0125Yes, your campers may get out of hand every once in a while (such as singing at the top of their lungs in the cabin after midnight instead of going to sleep, turning the water off in the bathroom, or hiding from the counselors).  They may even get mad at you for enforcing the rules.


DSCN0155All that to say that camp is exhausting – in a good way.  Days are packed full of singing, gospel messages, games, swimming, and just hanging out and talking.  It all comes down to building relationships, showing them the love of Christ, and speaking the truth of God’s Word into their lives… the quantity and quality of time you can spend as you minister to these kids at camp is priceless.


And when you see them again, the relationship barriers that have been there before are often broken down.  They come and sit next to you in church, snuggle in for a hug, and stay after Sunday school to just talk with you and reminisce about camp.  What a privilege it is to share the love of Jesus with these precious children!

“Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.’ And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.”

Mark 10:13-16

Cooperstown Bible Camp

First of all, we want to apologize for not keeping you all up to date on what’s been going on around here.  Our family has just come through a very busy summer, often with different things happening one right after another.  We simply haven’t had time for blogging.  But now that we do, keep an eye on the blog because we’ve got lots to share with you about the many opportunities the Lord has given us to serve Him this summer.

In June, we were invited to sing at a Native family camp in Cooperstown, North Dakota.  We were once again working alongside of Blue Baptist Church from Oklahoma, as well as a Native church from North Carolina.  There were a couple of families that were there, but the majority of campers were kids from various reservations in ND and SD.

Friends from Oklahoma

In the morning after breakfast, everyone was divided into classes according to age.  The three of us girls had the opportunity to help with the nursery where we had two very energetic four-year-olds for the week.  It worked out to have three of us watching two of them so that we could switch off taking a break to catch our breath! 🙂  Right before lunch, our family also led a time of singing to the Lord for the youth.


A toddler version of carpet ball

The afternoons were full of different activities… zip lines, climbing wall, archery, shooting, swimming, basketball, and various other games.  It was a great time for building relationships as we played with the kids all afternoon.


Human Foosball

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Deborah at the top of the climbing wall


Jonathan taking a turn

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Ready and waiting for the zip line

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Dad climbing up the zip line platform

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It was way up there!


Deborah enjoying the ride

One afternoon, the swimming crew had an adventure.  Since the camp didn’t have a lake, we would drive into town to use the swimming pool.  That particular afternoon was very hot so almost all the kids in camp went along.  We had been in the water for about an hour when the lifeguards told everyone to get out of the pool because there was a storm coming.

Time for a cool down

Sure enough a storm was heading our direction very quickly with some very strange and active clouds leading the way.  The clouds began to swirl above us and we jumped in the vans as a wall of dirt came blowing down the street.  We all thought there was going to be a tornado.  The lifeguards were making phone calls to see if the school next door would be open for a shelter, and the Oklahoma people (who are used to tornado threats) were just as worried as the rest of us.


Everyone was taking pictures of the clouds before we realized we needed to get out of there

As the rain poured down in sheets and hail pounded the roof of the van, we began singing songs to the Lord.  We pulled off the road at a gas station until the rain slowed down and we were able to drive back to camp safely.  It was a scary experience and several of the young children were terrified and crying, but it also was an opportunity to talk about the Lord and reinforce the fact that He was in control of the situation.


Evening snack and fellowship

The rest of the week ran smoothly.  Each evening there was a time of singing and God’s Word was shared, and our family had the opportunity to share a few songs each night.  On the last night, a number of young people indicated that they wanted to make a decision for Christ.  How exciting!  Please pray for them as they face the pressure to follow the world, that they would be discipled by Christians on their home reservations, and that they would go on for the Lord.


Singing as a family


The youth singing a song in evening chapel

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Singing “Homesick” with Larry and Joanne Hawkins… the people who taught it to us!

Friday morning we packed up and headed home.  As we said our good-byes, many of our new friends crowded around the van joking about going home with us.  We were so blessed to be able to participate in the ministry of this camp.  It was a wonderful week of building relationships and seeing the Lord work in the lives of these precious young people.

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Final goodbyes


New (and old) friends!