September, October, November, December, and now January…… 2018! I’m so sorry for the silence! I lost my rhythm in writing monthly, with our latest addition to the family and daily tasks! I hope the prolonged procrastination just makes the update all the more suspenseful and sweet.
As most of you already know, the Fall season encompasses 4 straight weeks of 6th grade camp. This year, we had 17 schools participate reaching a total of 369 students and 69 adults. 135 children and 3 adults dedicated their lives to Jesus for the first time!!! We love the 6th grade camp season, it’s so jam-packed full of ministry beautifully interlacing science and spirituality, especially on astronomy night! Students truly get WOW-ed by God as Savior AND Creator! Pray for these hundreds of students as they enter back into normal, indoor education routine. That God would continually draw them closer to Himself and His creation. And that Romans 12:11-12 would reign true,
“Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord. When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful.”
CAMPER STORY: One 6th grade boy stood up in front of all his peers at the closing campfire. He declared he had given his life to Jesus, and that it would be difficult for his family to understand as they are Muslims from Syria!
LETS PRAY For his faith to grow & spread in spite of discouragement & possible persecution!
In the Fall, we also had the great privilege of attending our annual missional staff retreat to Palomar Mountain Conference Center. All seven missionary couples gathered for a three day retreat. We each got unlimited time to share our life as a story, and discussed a truly thought-provoking book by Lance Witt called, Replenish. Together we laughed, cried, confessed, prayed, encouraged, and ate on repeat!
“You can’t live life at warp speed without warping your soul.”
Lance Witt from the book, Replenish
We also got to play some fun team building games. ….In case you were wondering, it’s quite difficult to lower a hula hoop as a group!
Indian Hills Camp is a proud member of the Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA). This is Josh’s second year helping to organize the education for the Pacific Southwest conference as he serves as Chair of the Education Committee. He has been working very hard with the team to find the perfect speakers for each category of the conference. He will also be leading several seminars at the conference as well. It’s bound to be super insightful and thought provoking, and I can’t wait to hear the feedback after its conclusion in late January.
Family Update: It sure was fun to host Thanksgiving this year. Josh’s side of the family filled our home with lots of laughs, hugs, and tickle fights. We are so thankful we have housing on camp that can shelter such precious memories. Silas 4.5 loves quesadillas and oranges. He likes telling stories and making up songs. He is super into the story of David and Goliath, and really enjoyed dressing up like the “shepherd David, not the King David” for one of his weekly AWANA meetings. I also participate in the AWANA program at Skyline Church as a leader of four 5-year old boys! It’s a great honor to teach these little warriors the TRUTH that is God’s Word, considering Oxford dictionary’s word for 2016 was, post-truth. AWANA stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed” based on 2 Timothy 2:15 which says,
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
Caleb (3) loves looking around, but mainly touching and exploring new things! He is keen on using physical strength, swinging on the rope swing Josh installed in our play room. Owen (3) appears more mechanical, always running to play with the light switches or sitting to configure an entire puzzle by himself. The boys outgrew their amazing giant stroller, so these days we walk everywhere; brave, rugged and absolutely covered in dirt! Our sweet Zoe loves: looking at her brothers, pulling on her hair, sitting up as straight as she can muster, babbling, burping, and drooling. It’s a simple life for a 5 month old.
Financial Update: Coming into our 4th year as missionaries serving full-time here at IHC, most of you know that part of our salary accrues through financial supporters— many kind, amazing people, people like YOU!
Based on the economy, family size, and changes to the camp calendar year, we are looking to increase our monthly support by $1000. Please consider and/or pray regarding this matter. AND check out our “support us” page to learn the 3 ways to give financially!
CAMPER FUN FACT: By supporting camp, you are cultivating future missionaries! 60% of missionaries polled a decision for missions was made in a camp setting
Thanks again for your inclined ear to hear our stories, our prayers, and our requests. Your partnership greatly humbles and encourages us to serve the Lord whenever and however we can. We are deeply touched by your love, and forever thankful for your prayers here at Indian Hills Camp!
All our love,
Josh, Alicia, Silas, Owen, Caleb, and Zoe
Questions? …….don’t hesitate to email us: