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Category Archives: Campers Loving Jesus

Mileah’s Story

In the past when I’ve finished my week of summer camp, I’ve made resolutions of how I wanted to change, but my decisions wouldn’t stick. I would go home, the school year would begin, and my resolutions would quickly disappear. A few summers ago, the camp theme was “All In,” meaning to go “all-in” in […]

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Our 2019 Summer Camp theme was “Overflowing.” Sometimes we work so hard to serve people; to do “good works.” We try to earn God’s favor and end up getting burned out. But we have it all backwards. We can’t win God’s favor because we already have it! It was His favor among other things that […]

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Karen’s Story

My husband, John, and I hosted a table at our church’s mission festival almost 20 years ago.  We looked forward to meeting a missionary and getting to hear all about the way God was using them in their calling.  What a wonderful surprise to discover that we were hosting local missionaries, Bob and Debbie Johnson […]

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A Reprieve from Distraction

One mantra of the New Life Camp staff is that each staff member’s relentless pursuit of individual spiritual growth is the greatest protection of our ministry. To that end, spiritual growth, our staff has been discussing the “tension” of our digital devices vs. the solitude that is so conducive to growth in our spiritual lives.  […]

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Kingdom Friendship

Growth in friendship requires honesty. Every human heart desires intimacy, but we often shy away, fearing the exposure of our own flaws in proximity to another person. The simple truth is that we need the loving challenge of vulnerability with a trustworthy confidant: a friend! Fortunately, God demonstrates this friendly love to us through the […]

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Moving Soil

  This past summer, I witnessed one of our counselors talking with her camper by our historic holly tree. I could tell it was not a normal conversation and I noticed afterwards that this normally upbeat counselor was sad. She shared with me that her camper was not following Jesus and really didn’t even care […]

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