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.



A Call to the Willing

Call to the Willing

Yahoo! news posted an article today (May 30th) about photographs taken of an “uncontacted” tribe in the Amazon. This photo shows three natives; the two painted bright red are preparing to fire arrows at the plane.


The article quoted Survival International in saying that this tribe is one of “more than 100 uncontacted tribes worldwide, more than half live in either Brazil or Peru.”

Imagine that!

More than a hundred villages that have never been contacted by the outside world. They’ve never seen a white man. They’ve never taken advantage of modern medical practices. They’ve never see a T.V. or listened to an iPod. They’ve never known anything or anyone outside their own thatched huts.

amazonian tribe


The article also interviewed Stephen Corry, the director of Survival International.  “The world needs to wake up to this, and ensure that their territory is protected in accordance with international law. Otherwise, they will soon be made extinct.” What is endangering these primitive peoples? Apparently deforestation and new diseases are so bad they threaten to wipe these tribes off the face of the map.

So, here we have hundreds of people, possibly on the brink of extinction . . . and they’ve never heard of Jesus.

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)

This is a call to the willing. A call to the Hudson Taylors and the Adoniram Judsons. A call to the David Livingstons and the William Careys. And possibly a call to the Nate Saints and Jim Elliots of the world. Which of us are willing to go and reach these people with the gospel? Which of us desire to fulfill the great commission by going into “the uttermost part of the earth“? (Acts 1:8- KJV)

I have a fantastic opportunity next week to minister to missionaries and their children. GFA Missions is having their annual Family Camp at The Wilds in NC, and I’ve been participating in this ministry since 1992. Every year I’m struck by the supreme privilege it is to work along side missionaries. They are the most wonderful people I know and I am honored to be a blessing to them.

But . . . “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37)

This news story should be a wake-up call, a ministry call, a missionary call. Are you willing?