Date: Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 8:59 PM
Subject: Shepherd's Heart

 

The sun is setting on another summer camp season.
A picture of our lake from Sunset Point.

 

 

Dear Praying Friends,
 
We finished our summer camping season with a small Shepherd’s Heart (Pastors) retreat.  As they arrived at their cabins, we had snacks, flowers, a note, and two gift certificates for these special couples.   The staff thoroughly enjoyed serving these godly heroes.  It was a precious time of fun, fellowship, sharing, and preaching.  Because of the small number of pastors attending, we indicated to them that this was probably our last Shepherd’s Heart Retreat.  On several occasions these dear servants expressed their appreciation for the retreat and encouraged us to continue the retreat in future years.  Please pray that we would have godly wisdom as we finalize the schedule for next year.
 
We have confirmed many of our dates for 2018..  You can see those dates at http://shcm.org/events/
 
Several weeks ago, I mentioned that we would not start the “lodge fund” until we had all the money for the final cabin.  Just a few weeks ago, I rejoiced in the fact the all the money was provided for that last cabin.  As of this week, we now have $750.00 in the “lodge fund.”  A church gave a split gift to help with current expenses and to also get the “lodge fund” started.  It will be exciting to watch this fund grow as we continue to move forward with the lodge. 
 
Our architect has already visited the property and he will be working on the conceptual drawings.  We want to carefully move forward evaluating each step of the process so that end result can be a building carefully designed to our specific needs.
 
It was a bit sad to watch the staff go out the driveway.  We feel like we developed a real friendship with many of these young people.  Many of our staff heard over 100 messages since they arrived at camp and we have a real burden to see God impact their lives.  Here is a small portion from one of the cards we received before the staff left.  “I’ve learned so many things about God, but also different ways I can do better in serving Him.  I made so many decisions, and have so many good memories.”  This is just a small window into what God did in the hearts of our staff this past summer.
 
I am planning for this to be the last weekly email for this summer.  Please do not take that as a signal to stop praying for us and the many campers and staff that made decisions this past year.  We earnestly covet your prayers.
 
To God be the glory, great things He is doing,
 
 
Jim Fry
Director
 
 

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