Subject: Summer Summary


 

Dear Praying Friends,
 
This is the last weekly email that I plan to send this summer.  I simply wanted to highlight some of the miracles that God did for Servant’s Heart Camp this summer.
 
On several occasions I referred to this year’s staff as the “miracle staff.” Staff training started on May 29, but even a few months before the start of staff training, we only had a skeleton staff.  Even at the beginning of May, we still had several staff positions open.  Through some miracles, God provided an amazing staff.  We did not need to lower our standard because the time was short.  If I took the time to tell you some of the stories, you would agree that God was working.  To God be the Glory, great things He is doing.
 
We had an increase in campers in all of our summer camps.  Our teen, junior, family, and Young at Heart camps all had an increase in attendees.  We had a 70% increase over last year in the number of teen campers.  The blessing of this increase is that it came in 2018.  Last summer, we would not have been able to accommodate the additional campers.  We were able to finish three cabins during 2017 and that gave us the ability to accommodate the extra campers this summer.   To God be the Glory, great things He is doing.
 
Another highlight of the summer was God’s orchestration of the weather.  Sometimes, He held off the rain and other times he sent the rain at the needed times. In last week’s email I described the Young at Heart Day that God sent heavy rain and how God used that rain for his glory.  Even since last week’s email, I received additional comments.  One lady described the day as “the best day of her life.”  This was an elderly lady, but she still has a very keen mind.  Her letter did not even mention the rain on that Young at Heart day.  It only mentioned the blessing the day was to her. To God be the Glory, great things He is doing.
 
I would be remiss if I did not mention young people that received Christ or others that confessed and forsook sin.  Here are a few comments from campers.
 
From a camper to his counselor
You know I couldn’t be happier.  I’m getting my life on track, and I just want to say thank you for being such a huge influence in those decisions
 
From a parent
. . . camp changed ________ tremendously! She was always a good godly young lady, but her hearts grown even stronger to obey and follow God.
 
From a camper to his counselor
Thank you for all you did and for being a Christian example and spiritual guide I have been really encouraged in my faith! I am excited to be more like Christ in the coming months and years! Thank you for your ministry!
 
From a camper
I made the decision to forgive someone . . . I feel like I can finally forgive . . .
 
From a teenager that received Christ
“the best week of my life”
 
To God be the Glory, great things He is doing.
 
The picture above was taken by one of the summer staff from our dock.  I wish you could have heard the testimonies of the staff as to how God used this summer to significantly change their lives.  To God be the Glory, great things He is doing.
 
Our late summer and fall schedule will change from week-long camps to short retreats.  Here are the retreats that are scheduled for yet this summer and fall.

Father-Son Retreat (August 17-18)  http://shcm.org/father-son-retreat/
Kick Back Retreat (August 24-25)  http://shcm.org/kick-back-relax-retreat/
Pastor’s Retreat (August 27-29)  http://shcm.org/pastors-retreat/
Men’s Retreat (September 7-8)  http://shcm.org/events/mens-retreat/
Work Weekend (September 13-15) http://shcm.org/work-day/
Ladies' Retreat (October 25-27) http://shcm.org/events/ladies-retreat/
 
Thank you for your part in making this an outstanding summer.  Zachariah 4:6 reminds us that nothing of eternal value can be done without the Spirit of God.  Thank you for your prayer support.
 
Because of Christ,
 
Jim Fry

 

 

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