Well hello there people of the interweb! Let me share with you what our month was like! The summer ones seem to go by the fastest! July was full of activity and motion! Camp is like a contantly revolving door of relational exubraincy. I have soo much to say, but let me update you on our summer camp programs specifically– I love the energy camp brings! People come together, to belong, engage, and ultimately get transformed by God! It’s just the best. Go to camp people! If you never have been, experience the power!!!
Summer 2016 ended quickly with our new 22 day program. Over 780 kids came on
camp to experience The love and joy of Jesus! 148 campers gave their lives to Christ for the first time!
We celebrate their NEW life and eternal salvation. Angels are still cheering, and it echoes around camp; So many stories, so many testimonies of God moving here at Indian Hills. He did a NEW thing this summer, and it’s such a privilege to just stand in awe of the work of Christ. Here’s one testimony told by our camp director,Festus during Angel Tree week (a camp hosted solely for children of imprisoned parents)
“Angel Tree Camp was, as always, difficult and a blessing all mixed into one camp. Difficult, because the kids come from homes and lifestyles that are upside down and they deal with life issues a little more harshly. Blessing, because I also have received more hugs during this week of camp than all others combined. These kids are starving for affection, stable adults in their lives, and someone to connect them with Jesus who the Holy Spirit reveals to them through the week. We had 81 campers with 22 of those campers giving their life to Jesus for the first time. The kids were very responsive in all the Barn Meetings as we talked about how Jesus is the most amazing person who ever existed.
One boy camper found himself caught up in multiple fist fights during the week, escalating as the week progressed. We knew there was a soft heart in there, but fighting is how he dealt with life. On the last evening he had to sit out of activities for a while and cool down. He spent almost two hours with his camp counselor who patiently sat with him on their cabin porch. The camp counselor told me he felt compelled to speak to him about a repentant heart. After a good discussion the counselor encouraged the boy when he was ready, he could go into the cabin and get on his knees and pray about how he deals with life. About 15 minutes later, the boy went on his own got on his knees at the cabin bunk and prayed for a while. The next day he got caught up in another fist fight (though he was on the receiving end of this one) and I had them sit down away from each other challenging them to calm down and make it right. After 5 minutes… HE asked for forgiveness!… And gave HIS “attacker” a hug. I was amazed.”
It was such a joy to see the summer staff grow, in such a short amount of time. Days 19-22, were spent at Rough Acres in Boulevard, CA in order to debrief the summer experience. Josh and I were fortunate enough to find a sitter that could stay behind with our kiddos, so we could stay for the whole retreat void of diaper changes and races to the potty! The weekend epitomized fellowship: real life struggles confessed, hilarious stories revealed, and my personal favorite, post-camp decisions voiced! It was truly a special time of growth and intimacy. Josh and I each looked over a few people specifically, most of whom feel called into full time missionary work (Travis, Kim, and Stephen). Please pray for them as the enemy desires to fill their minds with doubt. Keep praying that conviction would deepen in their hearts and minds. Also, pray camp would remain nothing more than a catalyst for the Gospel to spread rapidly in all their lives and through all their lives!
Before saying “GOODBYE” to all the precious campers and summer staff, we had the exciting privilege of saying, “HELLO” to TWO new neighbors here on camp! We welcomed the Morrison family from Bakersfield. Ryan (Beardsley) Morrison will be working maintenance while his wife (Lori) and two kiddos (Olivia 9 and Zachary 6) settle into camp life. It’s already been so fun to host play dates. Olivia loves babies as you can see from the picture to the right! We also said “Hello… AGAIN!!!” to the Spears Family from Reno. We first met Matt and Tiffany TEN YEARS AGO at Camp Wynola! What a time warp it is to see them again! Not much has changed, the same silly camp-loving souls remain, but now they are also a daddy and mommy to their boy Caleb who just turned 21 months! Matt (AKA Vulture) will work with Josh doing different programs, while Tiffany and I sit and enjoy our Caleb’s together. As our staff family grows pray our year-round mission statement would continue to read true! “We are an intentional community that pours into each other to pour out onto our staff to build a team passionate about reaching and teaching children for Jesus Christ.”
FAMILY: Silas participated in his first ever VBS at Jamul Community Church. I also joined the fun by helping with the first graders; we were the YELLOW team if you could guess it!
It was a tiring four days shepherding 26 first graders, but well worth the energy! Also, in late July while away for a first ever Girl’s weekend, the twins had somehow got exposed to Hand Foot and Mouth Disease! By God’s grace, the blisters did not appear inside their mouths, and they were relatively pain free. The necessary quarantine and frequent sanitizing rituals have left us all pretty weary, but we are grateful the contagion will come and go without too much fuss.
JOSH IN MALAWI! AUG 15TH-26TH : Josh has the amazing
opportunity to train people in camp programming from two other camps and Malawians from the Passion Center For Children. He has also organized partnerships with Action Sports Outreach and Luis Palau Ministries while in Malawi. On top of that, some previous global reach partners are driving down from Lilongwe to participate and share what they have learned running the IHC “Camp in a Bag” programs. Surely, it will be amazing to see so many different peoples, assembling as one body, strong and glorious for JESUS! Below is the itinerary so you can be praying, that what He sees and does would bless the heart of God, and expand His kingdom!
Leave from LAX
In the air
Arrive in BLZ
Head to PCFC Meet staff
Prepare for camp/
Camp at PCFC
Camp in a village/Child Headed Household visit
PCFC group ministry
Camp in a village
Camp in a
>> >How are YOU doing?! What was YOUR July like? Did you have massive poop smears in your toddler cribs too??
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Alicia + Josh + Silas + Owen + Caleb