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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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Testimonies in the Making

“Every testimony begins with a test.” I know I heard Camp Founder O.A. Fish say those words dozens of times over the years. We’ve got plenty of testimonies here at South Mountain Christian Camp, because we’ve been through plenty of tests, and the Lord has carried us through each one.

Last month was no exception. We faced a water supply problem that affected nearly every building on camp, but God connected us with a plumber who was able to fix the issue in short time. We struggled to fill our staff positions, but God came through with the right people just days before staff training began. We encountered food supply shortages from our distributor, but God enabled us to find what we needed from other sources. Just before the first day of camp, one of our cabin leaders was injured in a serious car accident, but God preserved his life and provided another staff member to fill his role. A tree branch fell and damaged the roof of one of our cabins, but God helped us to get it repaired within just a couple of hours.

The stories go on and on. Sickness, injuries, vehicle breakdowns, and facility damage continue to test our faith, and every story ends with the same testimony: “but God.”

During all of this, the Lord is moving mightily in the hearts and lives of our campers. We’ve ministered to children who are orphans, in foster care, or have imprisoned parents. I’ve prayed with campers who are facing bullying at school, struggling to believe in God, or burdened for their drug-addicted family.

These stories have the same ending too: “but God.” Many of these precious ones have opened their hearts to Jesus and put their faith in Him. Hearts are changed, souls are set free, and pain is healed. The test has given way to the testimony.

If you would like to be a part of what the Lord is doing here at South Mountain Christian Camp, you can make a donation using the Donate button below or mail your gift to SMCC at PO Box 9, Bostic NC 28018. Together we can reach through the darkness, to share the light of Jesus Christ with these children who so desperately need Him.


A Free Gift for You

I would love to send you a free, autographed copy of my book, Footsteps of Faith was well as a free copy of O.A.'s book Fingerprints of God. These autobiographical books share stories of how the Lord has worked in incredible ways through the development and programs of South Mountain Christian Camp. To receive your free books, place your order through the link below. No purchase is required. Donations are deeply appreciated.

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