Weekend Update – 6/20/14

Weekend Update

A Special Note from our President:

Starting this weekend, I’ll have the supreme joy of spending two weeks at one of my favorite ministries of all time!

If you’ve never visited The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center in NC, you’ve missed a significant blessing. The Wilds

My family has been associated with The Wilds since 1993. Over the years I’ve worked with Gospel Fellowship Association Missions (GFA) as they’ve run their yearly Family Camp at The Wilds. I counseled there two summers and numerous weekends while in college, and at one point I believed the Lord would have me serve there full time (and who knows? He still may!). Currently, my sister and her husband live there. Jon is on the kitchen staff, and Jessica does all the things that makes her cool (in addition to being a mother to her four children).

I love The Wilds most of all because they desire nothing more than to proclaim God’s truth as honestly and beautifully as possible. In addition to running a year round conference and retreat center, The Wilds also produces gorgeous, Christ-honoring music.

4th FallsSo, when I visit I not only get to see my family and friends, but I also get to dwell on my great God’s unchanging Word in one of the most beautiful locations on the east coast.

While I’m there I plan to continue writing for Taking Back the Bible in between hikes to each of the four water falls on the camp site, camping, tubing, paint-balling, ministering and being ministered to, riding the giant swing and the water slide and the land trolley, playing games with my family, visiting the lake and the craft shop, and . . . I think you get the idea.

If you’re at camp through July 5th, I’d love to see you. Ask around, I’m sure someone will know which waterfall I’m at.

Until then, thank you for reading, sharing, and commenting.

#EvermindGod,

AMBrewster

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WildHeart Adventure Camp

 

I love the outdoors!

I garden, keep bees, hunt, hike, camp, rock climb, ski . . . I love it all. I especially enjoy survival training.

WildHeart Adventure Camp combines two things that mean a lot to me: God’s Truth and the outdoors.

Victory Academy is a non-profit organization that ministers to young men in the spacious woods of Wisconsin. It’s a beautiful place where truly beautiful work is done for families. Victory runs this 4 WEEK camp with the goal of teaching young men how to survive and enjoy the creation God has given them.

This means far more than merely starting fires.

True success only comes by being grounded in God’s absolute, unchanging truth.

WildHeart works their three “S’s” into everything they do. Whether white-water rafting, camping, or rock climbing, the boys learn the importance of Service, Skills, and Spirit.

Check out their promotional video here and then click through to the WildHeart website for more information.

Here’s an excerpt from their material:

WildHeart Adventure Camp grew out of a burden from God to train young men as leaders in three vital areas:

Service“- because true Biblical leadership is servant-leadership. Incorporated with the whole program is an emphasis on using the skills learned to serve others. From the first aid training to rock climbing, all skills are taught in a way that helps our guys focus on others first. This aspect is a robust part of the spiritual teaching and growth they will experience as well. I Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”

Skills” – because a young man needs to be challenged in areas where he is weak or ignorant so he learns to seek and listen to wisdom. This will help him be a lifelong learner continually seeking wisdom. Proverbs 3 says, “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.”

Spirit” – because training a young man to pursue God, love him and others first prepares him for a life of godliness and Biblical leadership. I Timothy 6:11, “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.”

The program consists of four weeks of adventure camping throughout the northern woods of Wisconsin and the south eastern woods of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We utilize many state parks, public water areas as well as adventure organization facilities. 

Each week includes training in each facet of our core values. From trail development to physical training to swimming and backpacking, our campers never have trouble falling asleep at night.  Along with intense spiritual teaching, one on one discipleship and individual studies in the Bible, we mix a strong dose of adventure fun including paintball, rappelling and whitewater rafting just to name a few.

Service projects make up part of the schedule as well as we help with local church projects, the elderly and other non-profit organizations. 

Your son will experience life changing growth and leave with fantastic memories of a summer that helped him transition toward godly manhood while enjoying exciting outdoor adventure in the beautiful north woods. 

For Your Consideration:

“Let’s Learn from Creation”

Before He made man, God made dirt.
The first job He ordained? Gard’ner.
Yet the stain we all hate
Is the substance from which we were made,
And the job we refuse
Is the one man requires for food.

Children of Light cannot grow
Without the desire to know
More about the world God created.
How sad for a child separated
From the earth his Lord proclaimed, “Good.”
Let’s all reconnect with the wood.

Let’s see in the chaff and the wheat
Lessons ordained for this week.
Let us learn from the sparrow
That our Father will not suffer
His children, forgotten to cry.
Let’s learn from the ant to be wise.

Don’t bother to hug the rough bark.
You needn’t picket or build a new ark.
But take every chance that is there
To enjoy what the Heavens declare
About God Who chose to make sand,
And from it, create His first man.

-AMBrewster-

Let's Learn from Creation

The New Me: Part 3, “Summer Officially Starts at Day Camp”

When June 1st rolled around I had successfully finished my first year as a 6th grade teacher, but as a twelve-month staff member my duties for the year had not ended. I was assigned to work with the maintenance crew for the summer. I thoroughly enjoyed myself that first month, and the school gained a whole bunch of new lights! I also learned some great skills, and I made one really good friend. Thanks Stephen Doney for your lasting friendship!

But maintenance was not what God had planned for me the rest of the summer. About 25 years earlier the church has started a Day Camp program. Since then it had passed through the capable hands of numerous men. God had chosen that in 2008 I would be the next.

Schaumburg Christian Day Camp has become one of my most enjoyable duties. I graduated from Bob Jones with a Camp Ministries major, so being able to us what I learned has been fantastic, but I really enjoy having a lasting impact on the lives of my staff and campers. Originally I thought God wanted me working some place like the Wilds. I counseled there for two summers and loved every game, camper, flu, rain drop, trial, stair, and meal. The staff was integral in helping me align my life with God’s will. But I went into Christian schooling because I realized the one relationship that I enjoyed most in the camp environment was the relationship between the camp director and the counselors. The campers came and went faster than a game of Big Ball Volleyball, but those men and women had such a profound affect on me. I wanted to be able to do that for others, but I thought I had a better chance being a school teacher (once again, a job with long-term relationships) than I becoming a camp director. After my first year of teaching . . . I became a camp director too.

My goal through this camp has been to create something far more than mere child care. I want the campers to have an enriching experience. I want them to have a place to go where they can learn, have fun, and grow. But most importantly, I want a place where the children are being watched by men and women who genuinely love them and want the best for them. I want the counselors to help the campers see God in every moment, activity, conflict, and blessing. I want the campers to see how Christians live and breathe. God has given me hundreds of little lives to point toward Him. Thank you, Lord!

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