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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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Just In Time

There’s so much work to be done, and I can’t do it all myself. Last month, God reminded me that I don’t have to. We have just a small handful of year-round staff members. Most of the time, this hard-working crew does an excellent job of keeping up with the camp’s needs. But, when May rolls around, there are more tasks that need to be completed than we are able to accomplish.

Just in time, God sent us an army of angels to help. Rather than wings and harps, these angels had work boots and power tools. Representatives from Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, along with others from churches in nearby Morganton, spent an entire week here helping us get everything ready for summer camp.

They dismantled our old rickety guard rail along the fishing pond, replacing it with a sturdy new one that will last for decades. Then they repurposed the old wood to build a new archery range for us. In addition to this, they painted picnic tables and benches, replaced a warped handrail, and added wood seal to the steps outside the gym.

Every day, when I checked in with them at the work sites, I was greeted with big smiles and hearty handshakes. These folks worked so hard, all week long, and they fit right in at SMCC because everything they did was motivated by love. By the end of the week, I was amazed at how much they had accomplished.

Now, as we begin our summer camp programs, we are better positioned to welcome the 600 campers we expect this summer. Part of that comes from the work accomplished by these volunteers, part of it comes from the prayers of our supporters, and part of it comes from the generous contributions from our ministry partners. Together, God will use us to make a difference in the lives of these campers.

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