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October 2018

The Men Who Deserve the Most

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If a light bulb goes out, it’s not out for long. Does a sink need fixed? It’s repaired in no time. Our maintenance team ensures that Miracle Camp is operating at its possible best. When our facilities are running smoothly, no one notices the work it takes to make that happen. Our maintenance staff is intentionally unseen and unheard so that our place and the work God is doing through it can be highlighted.

Not only does this staff fix problems that arise, but they do the prep work to prevent any foreseeable complications. They work quickly and efficiently, and their contribution to the Miracle Camp staff is priceless. They are some of the hardest workers, and what they do on a daily basis is of equal importance to any other job here. Essentially, they are the army behind the scenes, making the wheels of Miracle Camp turn.

In addition to the tasks of maintenance work, they are large facilitators of growth. They discover ways to enhance the functions of camp. They ensure that the appearance of the campus be in top shape. Our maintenance team recognizes the gift that God has given us in our accommodations. They pour into projects, such as Evergreen, so that we can reach our full potential and strive to glorify God in every action.

Paul talks about the different kinds of work and gifts that the Holy Spirit gives in 1 Corinthians 12. Our maintenance staff exemplifies their gifts of hard work and serving, and the end result is seeing “the same God at work” in them just as much as our other staff. The maintenance men as a whole have been gifted with skills and keen abilities, but even amongst that team, each individual has specific qualities that allows them to work well. As they wholeheartedly do their jobs, they make it possible for guests to be fully present and in tune with what God is doing in their time at camp.

We are extremely grateful for each of these men and the work they do. Though challenging labor is often required, they dive in without complaint, all the while embodying Christ. God continues to use Miracle Camp, and we recognize that He does so through the work of our maintenance staff. We would especially like to thank Sam Short for his many years of service. Though he is retiring, his contributions to our team do not go unnoticed. It has been a blessing to have him on Miracle Camp staff, and he will be missed!

Serving in the area of maintenance is a great way to get involved with Miracle Camp. Stay tuned for more information next week on practical ways to use your God-given abilities!

Preparing the Dwelling Place

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Another weekend wraps up as the last guest drives out of camp. While the quietness settling in indicates a time of rest for many staff members, this is a signal that the work is only beginning for our housekeeping staff. With smiles and hearts of service, this team does so much more than clean. Though often unseen, they are just as valuable to the functioning of camp as the staff who are up front and on stage.

The cleaning itself is a tremendous task. Just this fall, hundreds of people stream in and out of campus, providing a constant flow of work. When it comes to the status of cleanliness, “good enough” does not cut it for Miracle Camp. We strive to ensure that our accommodations are more than presentable; comfort, cleanliness, and quality are important characteristics of our space. Our housekeeping team goes above and beyond as they do the job well, embodying the scripture, “work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23).

Due to the number of guests and continuously full weekends, the housekeeping staff prepares for many quick “flips” as we call them. Often, when guests leave, another group will come in later the same day or the following day. Our team works quickly and efficiently to ensure a smooth transition between guests, even though the job is thankless at times. They clean after groups, whether it be a teenage youth group or family reunion, removing any hint of mess. They transform the rooms like new, and the process repeats itself. More than the responsibility of cleaning bedrooms, they prepare all the meeting places and buildings to be welcoming and organized spaces.

The most important part of their work lies not in the vacuuming or laundry, however. For our housekeeping staff, it is not just about the cleaning. It is prayer. These members pray over the beds and meeting spaces because they recognize that this is a haven for people. Our facility is a dwelling place, and God’s spirit is in the midst of it. The staff finds it a joy and privilege to prepare a place for God to meet people. When guests come to camp and find it clean and well-kept, they can concentrate on their time with God without distractions. Our housekeeping team is motivated by the perspective that they are making ready a space of rest and retreat so that others can enjoy it, especially as they step away from everyday life to be regenerated, renewed, replenished, and refreshed.

“We don’t mind the messes left behind,” they say with a smile, “as long as the people leave in better condition than when they came.”

We are so grateful to have such hardworking and thoughtful housekeeping staff members here at Miracle Camp. Especially on Sundays, after worshiping they come to work with a ready demeanor to prepare the camp before Monday. They make Miracle Camp function physically, and their prayers are changing the lives of everyone who encounters this space.

Stay tuned for more information in the next few weeks for partnership opportunities as we strive to maintain and upgrade our facilities so that guests can focus on Jesus during their time here!

The Adventure of Facing Fear

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The cable wobbles as you steady yourself, clinging for dear life to the rope hanging above you. “It didn’t look as high up from the ground,” you think to yourself as you try to not look down. Your friends at the end loudly cheer you on, breaking fear’s paralyzing hold as you inch along the obstacle. One…more…step…and you breathe a sigh of relief when your feet reach the edge of the platform. Exhilarated, you move on to the next obstacle, pushing your fear to the side once again.

Fear. It’s a universal human trait. Regardless of different walks of life, skills, abilities, etc., fear of some sort plays a part in each person’s life. The theme of fear is woven all throughout Scripture, with “do not fear” occurring as one of the most common exhortations found in the Bible.

At Miracle Camp, our Activities ministry is purposefully designed to help guests face and overcome their fear. There’s no better way to work out our salvation “with fear and trembling” than in high pressure situations such as crossing high rope obstacles 40 feet in the air. The great amount of trust required to take that initial step off the zipline parallels the bigger picture of letting go of the fear that holds us back from trusting God.

For some, the adventure activities are a thrill or simply an enjoyable interest. They cross the obstacles with ease and a healthy fear as they glide off the zipline tower. What allows them to do this is the knowledge that they are safe and secure with proper instructions and equipment. For others, these challenges can seem like insurmountable endeavors. A first-time zipliner may stand at the top, more consumed by fear the longer he or she hesitates, sometimes talking themselves out of the adventure. “If only they knew how much fun it is!” or “if they just step off, they will realize how safe they are!” others plead as they encourage the nervous one.

How often are we this same way about trusting God in life situations? Sometimes we are the person at the top of the zipline, questioning God, “are you sure this next step is safe? Can I trust that You will catch me?” Instead of living in fear of life circumstances, what would it look like to only have a fear of the Lord? Maybe God is calling you to a new place or career. Maybe He is asking you to have courage to live fully right where He has you. Maybe He wants you to forgive that person or let go of whatever it is you’re holding to so tightly. Proverbs 1:7 says that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” When we replace our earthly fear with a reverent fear of God, we begin stepping out in trust, implementing the lessons learned at camp into daily life.

The well-known Bible verse, Proverbs 3:5, declares, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Just as a person cannot half-heartedly decide to zipline or cross a rope obstacle, trusting God requires our full heart as we plunge into following Him. There is such reward seeing a guest’s face turn to joy after completing the challenge in which they were so afraid. And we will find an immense reward waiting for us, too, when we choose to trust God.

Whether it’s high ropes and zipline adventures, or rock wall and our team-building initiatives, here at Miracle Camp we love creating experiences for guests to face their fears and trust God in a deeper way before heading home, and then to hopefully carry this out in every aspect of life.

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Our Favorites for Fall

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The leaves pop with bright oranges and yellows, signaling autumn’s arrival. While the beauty is evident, we know it means the cold season is fast approaching. The next few months provide the perfect opportunity to not merely endure the time spent indoors, but to enjoy it. Settle in for a movie or game night with hot cider, curl up with a blanket and good book, or get out the speaker and add some new rhythms to your day. If you are looking for some ways to prepare for the upcoming season, here are some favorite suggestions from our staff and interns of ways to make the most of time spent inside! We hope you find these ideas helpful, encouraging, and fun.

Books

  • Gospel Fluency – Jeff Vanderstelt
  • Mere Christianity – C. S. Lewis
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  • Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • Garden City – John Mark Comer
  • Screwtape Letters – C. S. Lewis
  • Desiring God – John Piper
  • When I Don’t Desire God – John Piper
  • Life Together – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Acts: A Visual Guide by Kevin DeYoung and Chris Ranson
  • With – Skye Jethani
  • Celebration of Discipline – Richard J. Foster
  • Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands – Paul David Tripp
  • Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series – easy to read Bible commentaries that show how Christ is exalted in every chapter and verse of Scripture

Movies

  • “The Story of God” documentary series with Morgan Freeman
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • “Courageous”
  • “Saving Private Ryan”
  • “A Christmas Story”
  • “Princess Bride”
  • “Pride and Prejudice”
  • “Amazing Grace”
  • Harry Potter series
  • “Pink Panther”

Music

Artists

  • Elevation Worship
  • Matt Boswell
  • Steve Taylor
  • Larry Norman
  • The Lowly Heirs
  • John Denver
  • Chris Renzema
  • John Tibbs
  • Cory Asbury
  • Ben Rector
  • Taylor Swift
  • TobyMac
  • John Williams

Albums

  • Living Hope – Phil Wickham
  • Followers – Tenth Avenue North
  • Vice Verses – Switchfoot
  • Gold – Britt Nicole
  • Fortunate Fall – Audrey Assad

Books For Kids

  • The Chronicles of Narnia (series) – C. S. Lewis
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw – Beverly Cleary and Paul O. Zelinsky
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society (series) – Trenton Lee Stewart
  • God’s Very Good Idea – Trillia Newbell
  • Little Dog Lost – Rene Guillot
  • The Bronze Bow – Elizabeth George Spear
  • The Berenstain Bears – Stan & Jan Berenstain
  • My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George
  • Any book by Mo Willems or Jon Klassen

Movies For Kids

  • “Ratatouille”
  • “VeggieTales: It’s a Meaningful Life”
  • “Ferdinand”
  • “Peter Pan”
  • “Robin Hood”

Music For Kids

  • Sing the Bible – Randall Goodgame
  • Seeds Family Worship albums
  • Bullfrogs and Butterflies: God is my friend
  • Hide ‘Em in Your Heart – Steve Green

In the Kitchen – This season is the perfect time to try out new recipes! Here are a few cookbook recommendations:

  • Mexico One Plate at a Time
  • The Escoffier Cookbook
  • The Whole30 Cookbook

Games

  • Pandemic
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Codenames
  • Unlock! Escape Adventures
  • Telestrations
  • Dutch Blitz
  • Sushi Go Party!
  • Euchre