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August 2016

Keeping Faith Rewind: Katy Small

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Last week we started reviewing some of the Keeping Faith stories that we produced last year. These are great reminders of God’s work through the ministry of Miracle Camp and Retreat Center. This year we want to feature Katy Small’s story. Since the making of this story, Katy has been married to Darren VanMeekeren (which happened at camp…see the picture below). They met on summer camp staff and we are excited to see what God does with their lives in the future.

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In the meanwhile, enjoy the rewatch of Katy’s Keeping Faith story.

Summer Camp 2016 Has Come To A Close

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We just wanted to stop for a minute and say thanks to everyone who made this year’s summer camp season a success. There were 1,546 campers who attended a summer camp or service camp this summer and many who made commitments to follow Jesus and many others who grew closer to God during their time at Miracle Camp. So here’s our thanks…

Thanks so the staff. Seriously, you’re all amazing. Thanks to the 50 college students who gave sacrificially of their time to impact the lives of campers. Thanks to the full time staff for doing the “behind the scenes” work that never gets honored or glorified, but is necessary.

Thanks to families. Thanks for trusting Miracle Camp. Thanks for your faithfulness, for spreading the word to your friends, and for growing close to God together.

Thanks to donors. Every camper who comes to Miracle Camp is because of your faithful support. We appreciate you so much. Thanks for giving to God’s work and being faithful stewards of what he has given you.

Now, it’s on to serving around 12,000 more people this year until next summer camp season! So be praying for all the full time staff during this 10 months of continued ministry!

Keeping Faith Rewind: Annette Walker

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Last year we published new stories every couple weeks, highlighting what God has done at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center. We want to continue that this year and republish this stories in case you missed them.

So this week is Annette Walker’s story. Be sure to share the stories and praise God for the work he has done.

Here’s the link to her full story:¬†http://www.miraclecamp.com/keepingfaith/annette-walker/

Like Father, Like Son – Why parent/child retreats are so beneficial

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When I was young, my father and I went on a father/son campout with our church. I was probably 8 or 9 years old and to me, my father was the coolest person in the world. Yes, quite soon after that my father became the least cool person in the world while I was in junior high and high school, but you will be glad to know that he is once again top of my list now that I have children.

Looking back at that campout, I am amazed that I liked it. The camp we went to was in terrible shape, had very little to do, the food was terrible, and I’m sure we barely slept.

But it was amazing.

I remember cooking food (once again that tasted terrible) over a campfire in a tin can and roasting hot dogs and s’mores. I loved that my dad prepared something different (and semi-tasty) in the tin cans¬†while everyone else was left with burnt potatoes and terrible beef. I remember playing games in the dark and thinking it was super fun to sleep in a sleeping bag (I mean…who doesn’t like sleeping in a sticky container that you can barely move in). I remember trying to climb a “cliff” with my friends while our dad’s watched. I”m sure in retrospect is was a 15 foot sleep hill, but it still felt cool.

But the thing I remember the most was waking up before everyone else with my dad. The fire had gone out from the night before and I was disappointed. I loved watching the fire. But then, my dad did something I will never forget. He said, “hey, you want to see something cool?” Of course I did. He then got down on one knee, gathered some dry leaves and stick, peeled back the ashes until there were a few barely glowing embers and began to blow gently. At first, nothing happened, but then the coals began to glow a little brighter, then the leaves began to smoke a little, and then in front of my wondering little eyes, we had a roaring morning campfire.

My dad was the coolest.

A few years ago I had the privilege of showing my son how to start a campfire from nothing. I’m not sure he had the same reaction that I did when I was young, but it was fun to pass something along.

This is the power of a parent/child retreat. I have noticed that my children mimic my actions more than they mimic what I say. At Miracle Camp’s father/son retreat and mother/daughter retreat, your children will be able to be with just you for an extended period of time (in much better food and housing conditions I might add). They will be able to watch and observe what you say and do, and I think you’ll find that they will have some memories that stick with them for the rest of their lives.

Around that same time in my life I started reading through my Bible regularly. You know why I did it? Because I saw my father reading his Bible at the kitchen table every single morning at 6:30am.

You never know the power of your little, every day actions.