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Executive Director Steve Collins reflects on life at Camp and how the ministry makes an impact through Summer Camp, Weekend Retreats, Outdoor Environmental Education, and Challenge Course programs.

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Yeah, but...

It seemed like a good idea, but I had no idea how to make it happen. The builder for our new high ropes course tower was suggesting that I try contacting some local businesses to arrange for the delivery and installation of the 60-foot utility poles. “I can make the arrangements myself,” he explained, “but if you contact somebody local, you might get a better deal since you’re a non-profit.”

It made sense, of course, but I didn’t know of anyone who could do a job like this. Then I remembered that camp founder O.A. Fish knew someone who worked with Duke Power. I asked O.A. for the number, jotted it down on a scrap of paper, and gave the man a call.

“Well, Duke can’t do it for you,” he said, “but you should call Pike Electric.”

He gave me a contact at Pike, so I wrote that number down and called him.

“I can’t do a job like that,” he said, “but you should try C.F. Reese.”

He gave me the number for Reese, and I called.

“I don’t have a source for poles,” he explained, “but I know somebody who might be able to help.”

At this point I looked down at the scrap of paper upon which I’d been scribbling all these numbers. God is in this, I realized. I wrote out this fourth phone number with more confidence. I knew this was no rabbit trail. God was leading me somewhere.

I dialed the number with high expectations.

“I can’t help you,” was the response, “but you should try Camp Electric.”

Undeterred, I dialed the number he provided.

“Sure, I can do that job,” Jason Camp explained. “Can you send me the exact specifications?”

A few emails were exchanged, and within a few days, I had a quote for purchase, delivery, and installation.

When I passed the quote along to our ropes course builder, he called me almost immediately.

“This is remarkable,” he said. “I was expecting twice this amount. It is really a blessing to be a part of a project like this.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. It is a blessing to be a part of what God is doing at South Mountain Christian Camp, and it’s so exciting to see how He brings about His plan.

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