Saturday, December 10, 2016

Reaching Higher Times Three

Reaching Higher pulled us three ways this week.  First - Last weekend Camp Evergreen hosted the directors from seven of our eleven Canadian MB Camps.  Camps from B.C. (Camp Likely and Gardom Lake Bible Camp), Alberta (Camp Evergreen), Saskatchewan (Redberry Bible Camp and West Bank Bible Camp), Manitoba (Simonhouse Bible Camp), and Ontario (Camp Crossroads) joined us for two days.  Three more camps from B.C. (Stillwood Camp and Conference Centre - Camp Bob - Pines Bible Camp) and our Quebec camp (Camp Peniel) were dearly missed.  How many of you knew we even had eleven camps?

Ron Toews the Canadian Interim Executive Director led us as we shared together, encouraged each other and prayed for each other.  Paul Loewen our own Alberta Conference Pastor shared Sunday morning about the call we have as camps and how powerful camps and churches can be for God's Kingdom as we work together.  It was a good reminder that we are not alone and that we need each other.


Second - As a permanent staff we were blessed with the opportunity to join 200 other camp staff from across Canada at the Christian Camping International Canada conference in Banff.  The conference ran from Monday night until Thursday morning.  For me personally it seemed that some of the things we talked about as MB camp directors on the weekend were hammered home.  Am I praying enough for our camp?  Am I leading camp from my own strength?  Most days my "to do" list is long and I'm anxious to get going.  I need to take the time to hear from God each morning.  The theme verse was Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,”.  It was a good reminder that we serve a great God as we continue to move forward as a camp. 

Third - In spite of super cold temperatures, our house build continued to progress this week.  One morning we woke up to -36!  The exterior and interior walls are up and we will start with the trusses next week.  Remember my quote from last blog?  "There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer."  Walt Loewen stayed through the whole week in spite of the cold!  The guys even had to leave the Zoom Boom running all night to ensure they could use it the next morning.  Looks like we have a good volunteer group lined up again next week.



Thanks for your continued support as we work together to see lives transformed by the power of Jesus!

Bob "Ranger" Kroeker
Executive Director


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