Of the many “birth-rights” that a Christian possesses as a child of God, peace is one of the most significant and least appreciated. The Bible emphasizes its importance constantly. The Jewish people to this day greet each other with “Shalom” (peace) and pray longingly for it. Jesus is our peace. Therefore, we can always, in all circumstances, walk in peace as we walk with Jesus and abide in Him. In the turbulent uncertainty of these days, the world needs to see and know what we have. I pray that we, as God’s people, will manifest what we possess (peace), giving witness with our lives and words to the peace that is available through faith in Christ.
Internationals and Canadians: We are able to issue student visas and you are allowed to enter the U.S. on student visas.
We are blessed to once again have people (other than just the staff) here on the property. It has been too long! We were able to start summer staff training on June 8th. We are very grateful to have all the volunteers that we need. That is a tremendous answer to prayer. We will welcome the first campers of the season on June 21st. Though we will only have six weeks with campers instead of the usual ten, we are grateful that we can have camp at all and that the enrollment for those weeks is good.
We are always aware of our dependence upon prayer by God’s people for a safe and spiritually impactful summer. We feel that need even more keenly this summer. Please pray with us that all the staff and campers would remain healthy and that we would have wisdom and grace for doing our due diligence in providing a safe environment that is also full of love and free of fear.
A godly friend reminded me recently that when God created man, He gave them dominion over the fish, birds, cattle and every creeping thing (Gen. 1:26). But He did not give man dominion over his own health. That is God’s domain. My friend’s point (a man who is highly regarded as an expert on health) is that we can take measures to ensure good health and reduce risk, but God is the one who sustains us, prospers us, and protects us. Good health is ultimately God’s doing, not man’s. We should live trusting God while doing what we can to take care of ourselves. Good health is not our goal or god. God is!
Perhaps a good thing that has come from the COVID-19 situation is that we are seeing that for many people good health is an idol and government (with its reliance upon science) is god. When that is the case, fear rules the human heart. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, “Be anxious for nothing . . ..” John 14:1 says, “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.” And Colossians 3:15 exhorts us to “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts . . ..” Clearly, trust in God is the only anecdote for fear. I’m thankful that our trust in Him is not misplaced!
We are accepting retreats!