January: A Retreat, a Conference, and a few Questions

 

The New Year has been FULL of sweet memories and kindness amidst the hardship of Josh’s recovery. jan8 The Lord’s people have swept in like angels—anonymous gift-givers, meal- bringers, and even a desperately needed laundry angel!!Yes, God has been good amongst the chaotic needs of our family.  He is constantly reminding me, how He cares for us.  This care is thorough and deep.  A sincere thanks to all those who have humbly served us during this time; we truly feel the love of God through this momentary hardship.

January began, well, as you all know, with a crash, bang, and boom!  jan9Josh’s soccer accident happened on the 2nd, but not long after, we got to celebrate our anniversary on the 8th.  6 years of marriage; and it ironically felt more special and meaningful to celebrate our relationship through a trial rather than through some relaxing getaway.  Every year, we draw closer in understanding to what love really is, and that it’s pouring out from God’s hand through His Son, Jesus Christ.  The weekend of our anniversary also marks the annual Board of Directors Retreat. jan10 This is where the staff and board of Indian Hills Camp gather at Rough Acres, CA for relaxing fellowship, informative meetings, and prayer.  We came for the day and got to lead the evening worship and prayer time. It was especially sweet to see, at the end of the meeting, all the stafjan11f surround Josh in prayer. It moved me to tears.
We are so thankful to live in the family of God; supernatural faithfulness and compassion shines through His people, and this season has caused us to just bask in that light for a while.

January continued onward with an annual Christian Camping Conference that took place at a Salvation Army camp in Malibu, CA.  As chairman of the education committee, Josh played a key role in creating seminars, collecting speakers, and teaching. Bum knee, pain meds and all, He led two seminars for the food service and maintenance track emphasizing spiritual intentionality in the mundane tasks. I got to sit in on his food service track.  It was really powerful to hear him encourage staff in their duties that seem unimportant, or less than glamorous. He reminded them that food is not just helping the program move along, it is a ministry within itself, that both the old and new testament emphasize.  We really love this conference, because it allows us to connect with other camp people.  It’s like talking to slightly different versions of ourselves, sharing our joys and our struggles and finding so much encouragement knowing we are not alone.  And that ultimately, our camps are not in competition with each other, but genuinely striving to reach and teach as many kids as we can with the Gospel.

 

As if January wasn’t already very full, we managed to squeeze in a dinner for prospective summer staff that are graduating high school this year.  We got to eat some yum burgers together and talk about their future plans.

Towards the end of the evening, Josh got to explain our college program and how it differs from the high school hoorah. They seemed inspired by the challenge to be called a “summer missionary”, and we are eager to see them all back in July, Lord willing.  jan6

January also required much of the staff to work on the maintenance end of camp.  The stormy weather uprooted trees and broke pipes.  A lot of mess to clean up, and a few weekend groups got cancelled because of it. drillingBut through it all, we were fortunate to witness the drilling and re-drilling of multiple wells on camp. This was good news, as you know, since the drought really effected our water situation.  Overall, it’s been quite a tumultuous season, not just for our family but for camp as well.

FAMILY UPDATE:  Silas is 3 going on 30, so smart and inquisitive. He asked questions like crazy! A few favorites, “How do birds sleep?” “Why doesn’t anyone get invited to everybody’s houses?” and “Where does poop live?” We answer them to the best of our ability, but sometimes they do end with “because I said so”.

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Making “stick soup” almost everyday, always very diligent to stir 

He loves going to the library and picking out superhero books, watching animal shows, and avoiding naptime with imaginary play. The twins turned 2, and have been chatting more and more. It’s just the sweetest sound ever. They love to play tickle fights and have dance parties, just a fun bunch a guys in my house. Baby 4 is growing so much… I can’t seem to eat enough! But other than that increased appetite I feel generally strong and healthy, and able, praise God! Lastly, Josh is back to work, but with limited hours. He goes at the pace he can, and has been very diligent to care for his leg through hourly exercises. Still no weights on his foot for 2-3 weeks, but the stitches are out and everyday he is closer to getting back to his normal, walking self.jan7

 

 

Thank you once again for your continued intercessory prayers, unconditional love, and faithful support! We love you all, and hope the Lord shines bright on your face today.

 

End of Year Update- A Baby growing, and a Husband healing

 

November, December, now January… Maybe it’s time for an update! As you could have guessed our calendar was so full during the holidays, I couldn’t seem to find the time to send out our monthly update. familypic2016But now, here I am, finally, sitting down recounting the fun memories we accrued at the end of 2016.

December especially filled with IHC party potlucks, church musicals, and family reunions. We hosted all the summer staff fokimr a Christmas party at camp. It was so great seeing the young, bright faces decorating cookies and discussing past and future summers. Pictured, is me reunited with Kim, a sweet gal whom I mentored last summer.

silascamelSilas was a camel in our church’s Christmas musical; he made up his own choreography last minute with a friend and sang the songs loud and proud.

 

It was also so grand to have my grandparents visit from Massachusetts as well asgreatgrandkids my Aunt and Uncle from Illinois. Seeing generations together makes my heart full of joy; we loved every moment with them!

Owen and Caleb turned TWO on the 30th! We were blessed with free tickets to Sea World, so we took them the kiddos as a birthday celebration. seaworldThe picture beside was at the Shamu show, just before we got soaked, and they all cried! They recovered from the startling splash, and enjoyed the rest of the day in great awe and wonder.

Speaking of great awe and wonder…

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just one this time!

we also discovered that we are going to have another baby! The ultrasounds shows just ONE little peanut rocking out, and he or she should be expected sometime around July 28th!

 

January begins with an annual staff tradition known as, “The Slurpee Bowl”, you can probably guess it’s playful blend of sports and icee beverages. Well, this year Josh was injured, unfortunately, quite severely, and will be having knee surgery Monday, January 9th at Zion Hospital.

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Dr. Craft did excellent work

From Josh: I have a lateral tibia plateau fracture. There are 6 different types. I am not sure which one but based off of reading I think it is a type 3. I have depression in the plateau that needs to be raised and then filled with a bone graft. They then need to use plates and screws to shore up the outside that is fractured as well. After surgery, I will not be able to put any weight on it for 6-8 weeks, and physical therapy starts immediately. Technically, they say I will have knee pain for the rest of my life and eventually need replacement or surgery again. But God can do what He wants. Pray for Alicia, she now has 4 people to take care of. We also had to go out of pocket for over $600 since our benefit card wasn’t active for the new year yet. We will get reimbursed, but not for some time. It makes it tougher because we have also been off for a month so our pay has been less. I will also have to miss another week post-surgery, I do not have any time off accrued so we will be even farther behind financially. Also the deductible for my surgery is $6,500 we have a benefits card that will cover 80% but money is tight so the $2000 will be tight. So just pray for His provision, peace and continued grace.  He always provides! He is faithful and good, all the time. 

Thank you again always for the love, care, and concern. God is our helper and our great sustainer. We are deeply encouraged by all the prayers, and love offerings, please keep it coming as we venture into 2017—a baby growing and husband healing.

drilling   And keep IHC in your prayer with regards to water! For months now, we have been struggling from the drought. But pictured to the left, is a glimmer of some hope! They are drilling deeper into an existing well. Pray the water springs in abundance ! and a big thank you to the donations that made this work possible!

With Love and In His Peace,

The Rasmussen Clan —-Josh, Alicia, Silas, Owen, Caleb + baby!

Contact us @ therasmussenclan@gmail.com

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October Update:

 

…..I just finished writing our September update, so it seems odd to be back at it again!! It’s just tooo easy to get behind when Time never wants to stop and sit down with me. So, here I am sitting in November recounting the goodness that was October.

fampic     Family: I like October because it’s my birthday month. I got to celebrate with a
myriad of people in different ways. Special delivery flowers, cards, gifts!  I felt very loved, and particularly enjoyed a Crowder concert with Josh at the Rock Church in Point Loma. Hearing live music is such a treat, and the performances really ministered to my soul.

With all the water issues in September, laundry became an issue, but graciously got sorted (no pun intended) by close friends and neighbors down the road.  After two weeks not using my washer at all, our dryer broke–Ironically.  But praise God, Josh found a sweet couple on Craigslist who was willing to donate a really nice dryer to us; this machine is uh- mazing…it has a “super dry” mode! I love it!

Owen and Caleb (22m) have some words and phrases that take me by surprise as of late. When I read them books sometimes, they repeat the words they hear, only to never repeat them again! They are also learning what the word “NO” means, and hear it often in regards to climbing every piece of furniture, everywhere. It was sweet mid-month to get a visit from Ma and Pa. We walked to visit the animals in the farmyard, and then a secret visit to the camp store for frozen treats. I also hosted a baby shower for my neighbor, Brittany as she is expecting her third baby mid-November. bayerAnd the next day, hosted again for some out-of-town friends. It’s an honor to live generously, and share our life and home as a true testimony of God’s favor!

Silas got sick towards the end of the month, and  the virus is passing through the family tree. Thank you for those prayers for quick recovery.

 

 

 

 communityCamp: We took some field trips in October that were fun for all ages. One was a bus trip down to Filippi’s for a staff lunch. What a treat, to gather and eat some bread together. (I wasn’t on the bus, because I have a weekly Bible Study that started soon after the lunch). The following week, camp staff traveled to Cuyamaca College to tour the drought resistant gardens to learn tips and tricks in drought friendly irrigation techniques.

I know I probably say it too much, but I love living in community. Camp has provided such a place of fun fellowship.  Seeing my kid hop on a bus with these people has been such a joy, my heart is bursting with gratitude.

Josh renewed his food manager’s license and diligently prepped for the 6th grade camp season that got pushed back due to water issues. He also touched base with partner churches, established some themes and logos for summer camp 2017.. What isn’t he doing, is the real question!  We also had the privilege to serve Navy families for a weekend in October.

Note From Boom Chuck:

               It is a good thing to be forced to sit down and reckon the things of your life. Each month our newsletter forces us to look back on all that the Lord has done. What a good Father we have in heaven. It has been crazy around here due to our water supply issues, forcing us to reschedule  3 weeks of 6th grade camp which included 12 schools total, and 1 weekend. God was gracious and that when surprisingly smooth.  
We are already in the middle of our 2nd week, and we are so excited to have kids back on camp. Hearing them running around, screaming and getting really, really dirty is amazing. 
The end of the year has become very busy for  us having to postpone so many things.  Staff recruiting, budgeting, cooking meals, Summer Camp, Winter Camp, Gold Rush Days, Kumeyaay Days planning, staffing changes and structure changes are just some of the fun things I get to navigate daily. In some amazing God way you are all apart of all of these things. Your prayers and financial support allows me to be free mentally and spiritually to invest in my family and the work here, so thank you so very much. Please pray for endurance but most importantly peace, as we charge ahead. We are also looking tor raise our monthly support, so if you know anyone that is interested in supporting 3 very hungry boys, and the parents chasing them, let them know where to reach us. Until next month!

Prayer Requests:
1. WATER:
That camp would raise the necessary funds ($20,000-$30,000) to drill a new or deeper well. Pray for rain to come down (Psalm 65 “The river of God has plenty of water…). Praise, that the existing well was chlorinated and has risen!

  1. ENERGY: and stamina for Josh as he manages so many different areas of camp! And me, as I hold down the Rasmussen Fort (Gal. 6:9-10Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.)
  2. PROGRAM: 6TH Grade Camp running continuously into November! Pray for safety and opportunity to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. (2 Thess. 3:1 “pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.”)

 

                                                                                                                  Blessings and Thanks,

                                                        Josh, Alicia, Silas, Owen, Caleb Rasmussen

therasmussenclan@gmail.com

15763 Lyons Valley Road Jamul CA 91935

 

Have a great Thanksgiving!

1 Thess. 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

We would enjoy hearing from you! What are you giving thanks for this week? What has God been showing you lately?

SEPTEMBER UPDATE: A First Time for Everything

September was the month of firsts!  Silas went to AWANAS for the first time and loves this weekly ritual! He always asks to sing the AWANAS theme song, and enjoys listening to the read aloud workbook.  He memorizes scriptures and collects badges weekly siandromanwith his neighbor, Roman- it’s very precious.
He also went to the dentist for the first time, and praise God, his teeth are clean and healthy with no irrational fear of dentistry.  The Nichols took good care of him and made him feel happy and safe, what a blessing!!sianddentist

The twins (20 months old) went walking around camp for the first time, no stroller! Caleb pretty much ran the whole time and Owen kept trying to climb over fences. We successfully corral them back home, but it takes a decent amount of perseverance keeping up with these little adventurers!  They are so curious and so fast! I fear now the stroller is no longer a desirable space for the twins to occupy, anyone against toddler leashes?twins20m

It was also a first for me to attend a MOPS meeting at my local church! MOPS stands for mothers of preschoolers.  I’m really enjoying being one of the creative activity coordinators. It truly has been a need in our community. Women signed up immediately, we maxed at thirty, and even have a wait list! It’s been truly a great place for pure outreach and genuine fellowship.  At the end of the month, I got to lead worship with some gals at our yearly women’s retreat through church.aliciamusic  It was fun expanding my comfort zone learning how to lead and play with other musicians for such an amazing event.  It seems the Lord is calling me to lead in musical worship more, since the director here at camp frequently asks me to lead in songs. Pray I remain obedient to these callings and grow in the skills it takes to lead musically.

We also had our first very Missional Retreat at Palomar Christian Conference Center.  All the year round, missional staff gathered for two days to fellowship over meals and get-to-know-you games. We also met extensively on what it means to be missional.  For instance, instead of using the word, “break” we opt for “breathers”. Because we know in ministry, we never stop serving the Lord, but he does give us times to breathe, times to rest.  We also concluded that we are a team, united for the Gospel going out to every person who steps on this property! community It’s exciting to get on the same page, and be on the same mission year-round. And it’s really awesome working under a director and wife team that have been here for so long. They have learned so much over the years, and are eager to see things done right, as well as cultivate a healthy community culture.

CAMP: Traditionally, September begins with lots of program planning for the outdoor education season (school field trips and 6th grade camps).  But unfortunately, all the planning came to a drastic halt when we realized how low our water wells were on camp! We had to cancel our first week of 6th grade camp due to water issues! Please pray that any reservations we have to cancel can get re-booked, and that our water issues resolve, whether by good amounts of rain, or drilling for new wells. Regardless, we know the Lord is sustaining us and will use every trial for his good and perfect purposes.

A prayer request from our Camp Director, Bob Lindsay:

“Both of IHC wells are failing. The California drought has finally reached IHC. The drought we are all experiencing in California has not impacted us at IHC because we are on our own water well system. In the last month the drought has finally reached our area and the aquifers are not being replenished. IHC has two wells that have produced very well for 40 years as well as decades and centuries before that for the Kumeyaay Peoples who settled on this property because of the plentiful amount of water available. We have been battling the subsequent problems of higher (minor) bacterial levels that come with losing water in a public water system and the San Diego County officials  have been assisting and supporting us in order to keep IHC open. Our staff has been working hundreds of man hours each week over the last month on this single issue. Fall is one of our busiest seasons of the year and we have had to cancel most of our camper groups since the start of October including Sixth Grade Camp Season. Fortunately most of those groups have rebooked further into future months and are remaining supportive of IHC.  So where are we now? It is still a constant daily battle to deal with natural bacterial levels in our system because normally the ever present bacteria’s are diluted by hundreds of thousands gallons of water in underground aquifers.  Since the aquifers are so low, we need to be constantly sanitizing, testing, and installing new back flow valves throughout the system. As of this week, we are certain that we will need to drill a new well at the cost of $30,000.00 -$50,000.00 depending on how hard it is to find water underground. ”

Currently, we are procuring the finances for a new well and new water tanks to bring our water reservoir up to 50,000, which will set us up for the future.

Please pray with us:

-The water situation, for timely recovery and for financial donors

-Continued health and safety of our family

-More financial sponsors

-Spiritual unity and opportunity to speak the Gospel to every person who comes on camp!!

                                         All our love, gratitude, prayers and THANKS—

                                                                                          Josh, Alicia, Silas, Owen, Caleb

therasmussenclan@gmail.com   15763 Lyons Valley Road  Jamul 91935

 

 

                                             

AUGUST Update: Toddler Escapes and Africa Adventures

Hello there faithful readers! Are you enjoying the chill in the air? Possibly wearing a sweater? Remember those!??  I’m finally wearing shoes that aren’t flip flops!– pulling out socks, and choosing to wear Josh’s, because his are way more comfy! Hahaha OK, enough augblogabout socks!

We celebrated Josh’s return from Africa on August 26th. He came home, jet lagged, of course, but healthy and with a renewed vision for Jesus. He will share later in the letter, but for now it’s just gonna be me chatting about the ins and outs of the toddler rescue I have going at my house. Before Josh left for Africa, he took a few days off to secure the backyard, building gates, and securing pieces of the deck.  He made sure the boys had space to be safe and free!

It seems they might not like it here… and are trying to escape! augblog3Hahaha, no, they love their life; pure boyhood going on over here.  Super into exploring, climbing, and who could forget eating!  Owen screams for food, but we are teaching him to say please first, which to him is just clapping his hands repeatedly, but hey, that is better than screaming, right?!  Owen also started a new trend in the house, the high five.  My true extrovert, walks around with his hands up,  saying “high figh, high, figh”. It took me off guard at first because mentally I’m still picturing them swaddled, tiny in oversized onsies. But now they are busting off the snaps of most babywear, and running to their big boy car seats!  What happened to the babies?

augblog6OK, now for some Africa updates! Thank you again for all the financial support and prayers that got Josh to the other side of the world and back. He arrived and did what James penned as “pure religion”, caring for orphans and widows (James 1:27).  He also helped run three camps full of games, balloon animals, and silly songs. It was neat because they had old friends Wongi and Fiki help with the games (Malawians that trained at IHC back in 2013).  The first camp was full! Over 400 children, 50 youths, and 100 adults! The huge crowd might have been because they partnered with Vic Murphy’s Action Sports Outreach team.  Vic and his hooligans jump over trucks and flip backwards on bikes, ALL for the sake of the Gospel. They sure put on an entertaining show, but more importantly, they preach the truth, and hearts respond!!! That day, 300 people raised their hands to receive Christ! Angels rejoiced and kept on rejoicing when the team hosted a second camp: 300+ children came, 250 of those precious children accepted Christ alongside 35 mothers/grandmothers and 30 youths! Wow, the harvest  IS truly plentiful.

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Josh’s univeral gift– getting kids to look at him like THAT!!! haha

In between running those camps, they drove to a hospital and visited the children’s ward. It was there that they shared the Gospel, prayed for them, and presented care packages.  After that, they visited more widows about 200 mother and grandmothers and children, with 60 believing upon the message of Jesus. From the surrounding 26 villages they were able to minister to 60 widows providing them with food, songs, and prayer.

Matthew 25:40  “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’  

Malawi is often referred to as “the warm heart of Africa”.augblog7 It is also known to be one of the poorest countries in the entire world. How is this possible? How can an impoverished country possess such a rich spirit??  Perhaps it’s because Jesus is real, and His word is living and active, bread and water to all those who thirst. It’s hauntingly powerful to know that when the team left apologetically for not bringing more food or medical supplies,  Abusa (which is Chichewa for Pastor)  Pilera told them his people “need Jesus more than they need food.”

 A Note from Boomchuck: I wanted to thank you personally again for your support of the Rasmussen Clan and subsequently to the mission here at Indian Hills Camp. We are grateful that we have co-laborers in all of you reading this. Your support whether in spirit, prayer or financial is a critical part of our family. Even are boys get to be little lights to the people God brings here. It is obvious that Alicia has many talents that God is utilizing in this community.  We are humbled to be useful in His hands. Please continue to join us in prayer as we continue to chase after what God is doing and that He would continue to provide for our needs.

Prayer Requests:

  • Continued wisdom for IHC as God shapes our vision and ministry
  • For the grace to raise our boys in the way that they should go
  • Increased monthly donors
  • We need to get Alicia’s wisdom teeth removed. This is a surgical procedure and is quite expensive. Please pray for funds.

 

Blessings, from Josh, Alicia, Silas, Owen, and Caleb

Contact us! @ www.therasmussenclan@gmail.com

JULY: Goodbye Campers,Hello Neighbors, Poop smears and Shower Loofahs

 

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! group pic summer

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 tangel teehe 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 wejuly10 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 rightJULY6!  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 helpJULY3ing 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 painJULY7 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-26THJosh 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. Lovemalawi 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leave from LAX

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In the air

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Arrive in BLZ

Blantyre, Malawi

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Head to PCFC Meet staff

Prepare for camp/

Widow visit

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Camp at PCFC

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Camp in a village/Child Headed Household visit

 

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Visit Churches

 

 

 

 

 

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Safari

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Hospital visit/

PCFC group ministry

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Camp in a village

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Camp in a

Village

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Depart for

LAX

 

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>>  >How are YOU doing?! What was YOUR July like? Did you have massive poop smears in your toddler cribs too?? 

Do you have any prayer requests? Let us know via email!

 

Blessings from:

Alicia + Josh + Silas + Owen + Caleb 

therasmussenclan@gmail.com

JUNE Update

 

Time is flying by… as usual!  It’s not stopping, just like Owen  and Caleb! — At least time always moves in the same direction!!

june1We ended May with a Dean Retreat up at Palomar Christian Conference Center. What are deans you ask? Deans are the spiritual heads of the entire volunteer summer staff.  They make sure everyone and everything is accounted for.  3 out of the 5 deans are returning, so, it was an honor to see them get back in the swing of things! Literally, we swung from ropes in the forest at Palomar’s new ropes course (pictured below).  Such a beautiful place!  We were blessed by the director, Micah and his super hospitable staff as we prayed and prepped for this year’s summer program.june3

In early June, Josh passed his Lifeguard instructor’s certifications.  It was a labor-intensive process, but now, he is able to train all our camp’s lifeguards.  Thanks for all those prayers of peace as he passed exam after exam! Shortly after that, we celebrated the retirement of our treasured maintenance man, Tom Long.june4  What a man and legacy he left for all of us at Indian Hills Camp.  Pray for him as he adventures into retirement with his amazing wife, Karla.  And pray for camp as they adjust to life without the man who knows everything!!

We welcomed the lead staff to camp for a retreat in early June as well. These are the selected high school and college age staff that have volunteered in previous summers, but are now trained in how to become a leader, more specifically, a servant-leader.

These vibrant young adults and students come eager to learn and ready to laugh.  They prep for summer by making fun posters that hang all over camp for staff training week. The posters read: “Appreciate and Affirm” “It’s for the Kids”, “Kill criticism”, etc.  It’s amazing to watch young people growing under the banner of the Gospel—they are renewed by the Word of God, and daily submit to the good works God has planned for them! They fill this camp with the fruit of the Spirit; It’s truly a joy to have them around.  And it’s energizing to see Jesus shape them as they serve here at camp!

Staff training week started on Sunday, June 19th.   With open arms, we welcomed 72 high school and college staff (including two from China).  We have them until July 10th. 22 days straight! Keep them in your prayers to finish strong, to endure without the “weekend breaks” they used to get in previous summers! june7 I think the switch in remaining on camp all program long has kept the fellowship strong and the unity even stronger!  Pray for continued endurance and supernatural strength to run the seemingly endless program with joy.   Josh taught a few trainings and devotionals for the staff.  I walked in to one meeting and he was speaking to the men in the room, reminding them of their need for mission, purpose, and passion.  It was truly captivating and I believe most of the young men were convicted to purpose their lives for Christ!

On a lighter note, I had the privilege of assembling artwork for the new “lounge”.  Once a dirty storage shed, is now an awesome space for the staff to retreat for their breathers! Ultimately, my favorite program thus far has got to be the Progressive Dinner.  It’s an extrovert’s dream!  In groups of 15, the staff travel from house to house getting to know the year-round, missional staff. june9 Josh and I always have the kids ask us any question they want, “Boomchuck! Do you have any tattoos?” “What’s the worst thing you have ever done?” uhhhh Maybe it’s not the smartest way to fellowship!… but we DO laugh a lot and enjoy making the memories with all these precious young people.  Pictured left, “Big Mac” holds a somewhat suspiciously posed Caleb!  Also, as musicians, it has been so fun leading times of musical worship.  It’s been an honor to play songs for the morning devotions, Praise God childcare gets resolved quickly in a friendly cola sac! Really, it’s been an amazing privilege to not only lead worship music, but teach younger musicians that worship leaders anticipate God moving.

At the end of staff training week, Josh assembled a surprise inaugural celebration for Festus’ 40th summer!! Forty summers?!!   What an amazing legacy our camp director has here!  We honored him with a signed photo of these year’s staff, a referee shirt with his camp name on the back, and lastly revealed “Festus Falls”, our new camp water slide! It was so much fun to see his face as the staff uncovered the “Festus Falls” sign, because he didn’t know Josh was naming the slide after him!june11

Well, there you have it folks! Keep us in your prayers through July, pray for camper salvations, health, and safety as we press onward! And remember to pray for Josh during his Africa trip: August 15th-29th!                                                                                                    Blessings, The Rasmussen Clan