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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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It's All Under Control


The weekend of October 28th was looking like a very empty weekend on camp, but that’s only because I didn’t know what God had planned. I had a speaking engagement at a church booked that Sunday, but we had no guests scheduled to be on camp.

Things changed when I got a phone call from a supporter who wanted to bring her church youth here that weekend to do some work projects for us. This would be one week before our annual 5k trail race, so it seemed like a great idea to have them work on the trails for us.

Then, things started getting crazy. We were contacted, very last-minute, by two different churches who both wanted to come that weekend for a retreat. We discussed the logistics of it and decided that we could make it work. A few days later, a friend from another Christian camp asked if he and his wife could come that weekend to stay in our Glory Land Cabin. There didn’t seem to be any schedule conflict, so we reserved it for them. Next, a local high school offered to come that Friday to help with some trail work. I already had the other group scheduled for trail work on Saturday, but I figured God knew what He was doing, so I scheduled the high school group to come too.

When I realized that I also had a group of 3rd grade students here for our SEEDS program and a group of preschoolers here for our Pumpkin Patch that Friday, suddenly the relaxing weekend was shaping up to be one of the most stressful. What had I gotten myself into? How could we possibly manage all of these groups at the same time?

As it turned out, God really did have things under control. One of the church retreats had to cancel due to lack of participation. Then, when the rain forecast looked dreadful for Saturday, the church youth work group had to cancel as well. Fortunately, the weather on Friday was beautiful, and our staff did an amazing job handling the 3rd graders and preschoolers while I worked with the high school volunteers.

In spite of the forecast, Saturday’s weather turned out rather pleasant, and our weekend guests had a great time. By the time my speaking engagement Sunday evening came around, rather than feeling stressed, I was feeling inspired by how God had miraculously worked out all the details so that we were able to get the work done and host our retreat guests as well.

God always has a way of working things out, even when we can’t. We never know what He is up to, but we follow Him by faith, and He never lets us down. He does the same thing in your life too. Even when things are out of your control, they're never out of His control.

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