Friday, December 14, 2012

Divine Detour


“Lord, why did you let me do that?” I gripped the steering wheel a little tighter and felt my shoulders tense as frustration began to grow in me. It was late at night and I was finally on my way home when I realized I needed to turn back because I’d forgotten something. Instead of making an easy u-turn, I had steered into a tiny side street which provided no room to turn my truck around. I knew this dark road eventually wound its way back to the main thoroughfare, but as I navigated my way through the inky blackness, I began to wonder what God was up to. I just wanted to get home.

Then I saw her—an older woman stumbling through the darkness, nervously squinting into the bright headlights of my truck. The look of distress in her eyes compelled me to stop. When she explained that she’d run out of gas and needed help, I felt a strange mix of compassion and caution. I grew up in a city where car-jackings were commonplace and wondered if I was being set up. Then the Lord spoke to my spirit, This is why I had you turn onto this road. When I agreed to give the woman a ride, she lit up with excitement. “Oh, thank you, thank you!” she exclaimed. “You’re a Christian, aren’t you? I knew you were because I was just praying, ‘Lord please send me some help,’ and there was nobody on this road. And then you came out of nowhere!” A few minutes later, I walked into the gas station with the woman and bought her a gas can and some fuel. When I was sure she had everything she needed to get home, I continued on my way. It was still late, but the tension was gone because once again I had seen God’s hand at work.

This is yet another instance of that same prodding of the Holy Spirit that drives everything we do here at South Mountain Christian Camp. Sometimes we don’t understand what God is up to—especially when things seem to be going wrong. But we know that He causes everything to work together for good (Romans 8:28), and, when we trust Him, He accomplishes miraculous things.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas 2012


As Christmas approaches, so does the noise. The sales, ads, specials, events, and productions all bombard us with a view of what the world thinks Christmas is supposed to be. The noise seems to get louder each year. It’s good to know, however, that even with all that noise, we can still find the heart of Christ in seclusion and solitude.

Isn’t that what happened at the first Christmas? The census was creating all sorts of chaos in Bethlehem. Yet it was into the midst of that mess that God chose to begin the total transformation of human history. He didn’t do it with fanfare and a flourish. Instead He chose a quiet place with just a few witnesses. That’s the beauty of the nativity scene. He showed us that the important things are not found in the noise, but they are found in quietness and isolation.

Throughout Jesus’ ministry we find numerous accounts of how He withdrew to a secluded place to spend time alone with the Father or His disciples. Today we live in a world with amazing technology that enables us to connect with people all around the globe, but sometimes we need to unplug and disconnect from the technology in order to reconnect with God. That’s a big part of what South Mountain Christian Camp is all about. We want this to be a place where people can get away from the noise of life and spend time alone with God. When that happens, hearts are touched, and lives are changed.

This is accomplished in so many different ways. There are hundreds of children and youth who attend our Summer Camp programs. Hundreds more experience creation through our SEEDS programs for school groups. Even more learn valuable lessons on life and relationships through our Ropes Course programs. Then there are thousands of others who experience God in their own way through weekend retreats here.

In addition to all this, we added several new events this year to draw even more people. We hosted several disc golf tournaments including a youth group team tournament, a skill shot challenge, and the Dale Sollars Autumn Classic. Then, in November, we held the first annual South of the Mountain Trail Run. This was a 5k race held right here on the camp that included participants of all ages and abilities. In each case, people had a great time experiencing God and His creation through wholesome fellowship and healthy physical activities.

We give thanks and praise to God for all that he accomplished through the ministry of South Mountain Christian Camp this year. Once again, He has proven himself faithful, enabling us to continue to operate debt-free despite some large, unexpected expenses. This is possible because of the faithfulness and generosity of supporters like you.

We look forward to more growth and productivity through God’s guidance in 2013. We are still working toward building a new cafeteria which has been needed for quite some time. Please pray with us that God will provide the direction and funding for this project. We also have plans to renovate some older buildings which will enable us to continue to expand into all that God would have us to be.
 
The coming year promises to be a busy one at South Mountain, but even in all the busyness, we want to follow the example of the nativity. We want to find seclusion and stillness with God, so that we can be sure that we don’t miss all that He has for us. This Christmas let’s all take time to do the same.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Adding Value


What is it that makes an experience valuable? I’ve felt the adrenaline rush of rock climbing in the Rocky Mountains. I’ve tasted the salty water of surfing in the Atlantic Ocean. I’ve heard the thunderous roar of thousands of screaming fans in a stadium. And I’ve known the quiet solitude of sitting alone with the Lord on a mountainside all day. All of these have been memorable experiences, but what makes them valuable? Is it the excitement? The knowledge gained? The people? It may be a combination of things, but one thing is for sure—when you’ve had a great experience, you often want to do it again.

We find this to be the case with many of the groups that come to South Mountain Christian Camp. We provide all sorts of programs for thousands of people each year. Our hope is that each experience is valuable so that they will want to come back again and again. Just last month we hosted sixteen different groups here through our various programs; and, looking back, I was amazed to discover that all sixteen of them had been here before! What is it that draws them back year after year? The truth is, it’s not about the programming or even the facilities. The one thing that adds great value to an experience is the presence of God. He makes all the difference.

That’s what South Mountain has always been about—providing a place where people can experience God. Every year more and more individuals are visiting this place for that reason, and I invite you to do the same. Whether you come with a group for a weekend retreat or just on your own to spend some time in the Prayer Garden, South Mountain is here for you. Just give us a call if you’d like to arrange a visit.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Discovering God in Creation


Experiencing nature is more than just being outside.  It's not just about the birds or the breeze or the beauty. There’s something about creation that connects us with the Creator. Paul alludes to this in Romans 1 when he describes how nature draws us into God’s presence. The Message Bible paraphrases it this way, “Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of His divine being.”

At South Mountain Christian Camp, we’re always looking for new, creative ways to give people an opportunity to experience God through His creation. In addition to our group activities (summer camp, school field trips, ropes course and weekend retreats) we also make this property available to individuals and families for a variety of activities which are open to the public.
 
In just the past week we’ve had dozens of individuals here to fish in our lake, play our disc golf course, run or walk on our 5k jogging trail, and even take engagement photos on the Camp. In every case, these individuals are outdoors in nature and, according to the scripture, experiencing clear evidence of our loving God.

Many believers will share with us how they can sense the Spirit of God in this place. The funny thing is, many unbelievers will surmise the same thing (although they don’t quite know how to articulate it) when they comment how peaceful it is to be on the Camp. They are experiencing God through His creation. And, even though they can’t quite put it into words yet, they keep coming back to experience Him again and again.
 
These experiences are made possible because years ago God set aside this piece of property for His divine purpose. We don't take that lightly. Through His guidance, and the support of many individuals, we are able to continually offer South Mountain Christian Camp as a "spiritual oasis" where people can connect with God.

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Greatest Miracle


What does it take to change a life? A life can be influenced by many things:  a family member, a book, or even a movie. But the only thing that can actually change a life is Jesus Christ. He doesn’t just influence a person’s behavior, or modify their thinking; He causes a total transformation that stands the test of time.

Take Mandi, for example. She was an orphan by age five and “passed around” for years before coming to live at a group home. Someone there heard about our Summer Camp scholarship program for needy kids and made arrangements for Mandi to attend. She ended up coming to South Mountain for four straight years. Now an adult, she wrote to me last month about her four summers here:

I was 13, a little nervous about being away from my home, but at the same time excited about being somewhere new. I was very happy with the swimming, the gym, and many other activities camp had for us. The biggest event at camp for me this year was I got saved. It was very awesome! The next year was my last year as a camper, but the following year I attended as a Junior Counselor.  I was very nervous and excited about this. Not only because I was in a leadership position, but because I’d be directing the lives of kids for one week. That week was great, and I returned again the next summer for another year as a JC.

Even though my time at SMCC is done, there is so much I took away from there. I have the lessons of God, trust, friendship, and even some lessons in love learned at SMCC. I am now grown, married, have three kids ages 7, 2, and 1. I own my home and car. I know that God has prospered me for the guiding light that I gave to campers and the light that was lit in me that I carried away from camp. I know that if SMCC continues in the ministry it has for many years there will be others, like me, who can learn and take away so much from camp.

Mandi’s life was changed by God at SMCC. Now she is raising three young children to know Jesus in the same way that she came to know him. That’s real change. And there is no greater miracle than the transformed life!

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Experience


When Ariel stepped into cabin 1 for the first time, she felt a strange mix of excitement and trepidation churning around in her belly. She was the first camper to arrive, so she scanned the eight empty beds trying to imagine what it would be like to share this cabin with so many new faces. She was shy and a little nervous about meeting so many people at one time.

When she stepped outside to get her luggage, and her grandmother took the opportunity to talk with Jessica, her cabin director. She explained that Ariel’s mother, who was also named Jessica, was in prison, and that Ariel was having trouble dealing with the separation. Jessica felt an immediate connection with Ariel and took every opportunity that week to demonstrate the love of God toward her and the other girls in the cabin. Ariel was quiet and shy most of the week, but, nevertheless, she seemed to enjoy camp.

Wednesday night it was time for cabin 1 to do the giant swing in the gym. Now Ariel felt more nervous than ever, but, at the prodding and encouragement of her cabin-mates, she stepped forward to take her turn. Her new friends pulled the rope that lifted her up toward the high ceiling. Ariel’s stomach felt like it would turn inside out from fear. She swallowed hard, and then yanked the quick release to come swinging down in a rush! A loud roar erupted behind her. Ariel turned to see that it was her cabin group cheering for her wildly. A huge smile spread across her face. That was it. The emotional walls were down, and Ariel had connected with this group in a way that can only be experienced at camp.

 If that was the end of her story, that would be great—a shy camper connects with her cabin-mates through a unique, shared experience. But that’s not the end of the story. God used that experience to do much more. Now that the walls were down, Ariel was ready to receive the message of God’s love and forgiveness. The very next night, Ariel gave her heart to Jesus Christ, and she was changed forever! The quiet, withdrawn side of Ariel was overtaken by a joyful, bubbling personality that overflowed with the love of God.

 This is just one of many testimonies about how God has impacted the lives of young people here at South Mountain Christian Camp this summer. And it’s important to note that Ariel would never have been able to come to camp had it not been for the scholarship that was provided through the generosity of our supporters. This is the Kingdom of God at work. When everybody does what they can, God puts it all together to make an eternal difference.

Monday, July 16, 2012

A Rock, A Lake, and A Camper

The sunlight warmed his skin and reflected off a thousand ripples in the surface of the lake as Jeffrey listened to the words of his Cabin Director. It was Wednesday morning cabin devotions. A full day of camp lay before them, but right now Jeffrey’s mind was on the past. He gazed at the rock in his hand and recalled what his Cabin Director had said moments earlier: “I want you to imagine that all the things that have caused pain in your life—all the things that burden your mind—are in that rock.”

Jeffrey had a lot of pain to fit into that rock. In his mind he could still hear the sound of his drunken father beating on the door late at night while his mother warned him and his siblings to not open the door, no matter what. Those memories blurred into the sharper image of his father’s death which he had witnessed first hand, and Jeffrey cringed. Before the tears could form in his eyes, he shifted his thoughts to the dog his father had left them—the only good thing his father had left them. But memories of coming home from school one day to find the dog that he loved mauled to death soon followed. That’s a lot of pain. Could it even fit into such a small rock?

“Now,” the Cabin Director spoke again as each camper looked up from the rock in his own hand, “if you believe that God wants to take away your pain, and you’re willing to give your burdens to Him, I want you to throw your rock into the lake.”

Jeffrey’s entire cabin stood at the same time, but Jeffrey barely noticed the others. He took one good look at the sparkling surface of the lake and gripped the rock tightly. He needed this. He was ready for this. With all the strength his 14-year old arm could muster, he chucked the rock high and long. A full two seconds later, it crashed into the water, never to be seen again.

But it didn’t even take that long for the peace to come. As soon as the rock left his hand, Jeffrey felt it. The burden was lifted. Relief flooded his mind, and Jeffrey found rest for his soul.

“The whole rest of that day, I couldn’t stop smiling,” he later told me. “I just felt like God was telling me that everything was going to be okay.”

Jeffrey is just one example of the many lives that are being impacted at South Mountain Christian Camp this summer. His experience was only possible because someone provided the scholarship funds needed to sponsor him.

If you would like to sponsor a camper like Jeffrey, you can use the PayPal button below to pay with your credit card, or visit our website here to get more information.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hungry

They look so happy, it’s easy to forget their pain. Many of our campers arrive with huge smiles, bubbling over with excitement for camp, but, if you look closely, you’ll see signs that not all is well. We can blame it on a struggling economy, a broken welfare system, or neglectful parents, but, whatever the case, the problem is still there—these kids are hungry.

For many of our campers, the only nutritious meals they ever receive are the free meals provided for them at school. When the school year ends, so do the meals. They arrive to Summer Camp hungry for good food. Often they will comment with amazement that we are providing 3 quality meals every day, plus a snack at night. It’s more food than they are used to, and they eagerly devour every bite. At the end of the week, we overlook our rule that no food is to be taken out of the cafeteria because when we see campers stuffing rolls into their pockets to take home, we know that they are doing so because there will be no food there when they arrive.

This year South Mountain Christian Camp is working with the Summer Food Service Program through the NC Department of Health and Human Services to provide healthy, nutritional meals for all of our campers. Although we’ve been providing our campers with great meals for decades, this new partnership will enable us to meet specific meal criteria, identify those who have the greatest need, and do all that we can to make sure these children don’t have to go hungry all summer long. While our primary purpose is to provide for our campers’ spiritual needs, we know from Jesus’ example in Mark 6:30-44 that we should provide for their physical needs too.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the help of our generous supporters. Most of our campers could not come to camp without financial assistance, and people like you are helping to make that happen. Please pray with us that God will provide the needed funds for camper scholarships as we are still thousands of dollars short of meeting the need.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2012 Banquet

A full-sized hammock hanging between two palm trees set the mood for the beach scene at the 2012 Banquet on May 5th, creating a relaxing atmosphere accented by a tiki hut, surf boards, and mini palm trees on each table. We were pleased to host over 160 guests for the annual event this year, including many who came for the first time. The theme was called “Anapauo Beach,” referring to the Greek word translated in Matthew 11:28 as “rest.”

Following the Open House and Reception, the Banquet started at 6:05 pm. Chuck Teague provided live music as guests entered and took their seats. A warm welcome by O.A. and Charlotte Fish was followed by camp board vice-president Don Alexander who gave the opening prayer. Everyone enjoyed a great free meal featuring pulled-pork barbecue and grilled chicken, prepared by our facilities manager, Art Reagle. The expenses for the meal were paid for by a list of business sponsors.

After the meal, O.A. introduced the camp staff and board members, then presented me as the new Executive Director. Using a shoulder yoke to lift two heavy buckets, I acted out a skit with my wife, Jen, to demonstrate how Jesus calls us to lay down our burdens at his feet and find rest for our souls. This led into my presentation of our Summer Camp theme, “Anapauo Beach,” in which we will be teaching campers that they too can find rest from the heavy burdens that they carry in their lives.

Afterwards, O.A. addressed the audience once again sharing how the ministry of South Mountain Christian Camp operates entirely by faith. He gave examples of how God miraculously meets our needs each year through the generosity of our supporters. The evening concluded with an opportunity for attendees to fill out response cards if they wished to be added to our mailing list and even to make donations to the ministry if they felt led to do so.

You can view more pictures of the Banquet and leave comments on our Picasa web page at  here.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Heavenly Wake Up Call

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to run. It was late Friday night when my wife and I arrived back home after a very busy day. I’d been thinking about running a 5k race the next morning, but now I was having doubts because I felt so tired.

“I don’t think I’m going to run,” I said to Jen. Then I clarified, “Well, if I just spontaneously wake up at 7:30 in the morning and feel good, maybe I’ll run. But I’m not going to plan for it.” A half-hour later I closed my sleepy eyes, almost positive they wouldn’t open again until at least 8:00.

When I awoke the next morning I rolled over to take a look at the clock. The red digital numbers read “7:29.” I almost laughed at the irony; then just rolled back over. I’m still tired, I told myself. I need to sleep a little longer. But it wasn’t happening. I lay in the bed for another 10 minutes and simply could not go back to sleep. Okay God, I get it, I finally consented as I threw back the covers and hopped out of bed. I’ll go run the race.

It wasn’t too long after I arrived at the race that I started to see God's purpose for bringing me there. It wasn’t so much about the race as it was about the people. I had, not one or two, but four or five divine appointments awaiting me. Everywhere I turned, the Lord was giving me another opportunity to share with someone about the ministry of South Mountain Christian Camp and how God continues to be at work here.

These types of divine appointments can only be set up by God. I’m so grateful that the Holy Spirit cares enough about us to intervene in our lives—even when we’re being stubborn on a Saturday morning. He woke me up and got me out of bed so that I wouldn’t miss out on the good things God had planned for me to do. And I had a great time!

Ephesians 3:10 tells us that we are “created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand.” So, if you sense the Lord prompting you (or waking you up), let me encourage you to follow His lead. He always leads us to good things.

This is the way South Mountain Christian Camp operates. We try to always follow His lead when he prompts us to move in a certain direction, but we also try to be sure that we don’t run ahead of Him. In this way, we know that our direction is controlled by the Lord and the result will be good.

Look for divine appointments in your life today. You may be surprised at how many of the people you "run in to" during your day are actually set up by our Father. When you start to recognize these situations for what they are, you'll find opportunities to be used by God to minister to these people through an encouraging word, a compliment, or even just a smile. God wants to work through you!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Mountain Star newsletter

This is the latest version of the South Mountain Christian Camp newsletter, The Mountain Star. If you'd like to receive The Mountain Star in print, click here. If you'd like to receive The Mountain Star by email click here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

In His Hands

Rome wasn’t built in a day…and neither was South Mountain Christian Camp. We’ve undergone a lot of changes over the past 37 years, and that growth continues today. Just as the Camp has undergone growth, so has my role here. Over the past 14 years, my responsibilities have increased ten-fold! Each step of the way, I have been amazed that God could accomplish more though me than I could ever hope to accomplish on my own.


It reminds me of the day when Jesus fed the 5,000 with one little boy’s lunch. With five loaves and two fish, that boy could have set out to feed as many people as he could, on his own. But such a small amount wouldn’t have lasted long. Because he gave all that he had to Jesus, however, God was able to use that lunch to feed everyone (with 12 baskets of leftovers)!

This is what I want to do with my life. On my own, I can accomplish only so much. But when I give myself completely to God, he does more with my life than I ever thought possible. Philip Brewer wrote a poem that says,

“God uses what you have
to fill a need
which you never could have filled.

God uses where you are
to take you where
you never could have gone.

God uses what you can do
to accomplish what
you never could have done.

God uses who you are
to let you become
who you never could have been.”

That poem is called Five Loaves and Two Fishes.

Last month, our Camp board voted to make me Executive Director. This does NOT mean a change in leadership for South Mountain. OA and Charlotte still head up the Camp board and oversee this ministry, but this new title enables me to represent SMCC in a more substantial way. It also puts me in a position to continue learning from them from a different perspective. More personally, it gives me one more loaf to present to Jesus, to be used by Him however He sees fit.

My life is in His hands. I trust that yours is as well. There’s no better place to be. When we give ourselves to God, we can function as one. This is evidenced by those of you who partner with us in ministry through your support. You are making a difference!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Twists & Turns

I love to ride roller coasters—especially new ones that I’ve never ridden. To me, the biggest thrill of the experience comes when I don’t know what lies ahead. While many people clamor for the front seats so they can enjoy the spectacular views, many times I prefer to be further back so that every twist and turn is unexpected. I love the sensation of having my body flipped and tossed around with no idea what's going to happen next.

I know that, for many people, that sounds like a horrific experience. There's nothing enjoyable about being terrified. But, when I have complete confidence that the ride is safe, the unexpected brings excitement, rather than fear.

Life with Jesus can be the same way. God is always doing new and unexpected things. This year seems to be starting with a host of new experiences for us here at South Mountain Christian Camp.

Some of you may know that, last Fall, we installed a new 18-hole disc golf course here at the Camp. Well, this year we will be hosting our first disc golf tournament for church youth groups. We expect a relatively small turnout this first year, but we anticipate hosting more and more tournaments with larger groups in years to come.

In addition to this, we are rebuilding our SEEDS programs for 3rd-5th grade students. These programs will now include both life science (plants, animals, ecosystems, etc) and physical science (matter, energy, motion, etc.) in a one-day school field trip. We believe these changes with make SEEDS even more beneficial to the education of children in our community.

We’ve also got new things transpiring with our fundraising efforts. We are working with our local Zaxby’s restaurant to hold fundraising events there once a month (Feb. 21, March 13, April 17) to raise funds for Summer Camp scholarships. On these nights, ten percent or the sales between 5 and 8 pm will be donated to the scholarship fund.

We will also be hosting our first South Mountain 5k Trail Run on November 3rd this year. The folks at Rutherford Outdoor Coalition have agreed to include us in their Rutherford Race Series, and a good friend of the Camp, Amber Jones, has agreed to take the initiative in organizing the race. We hope that this will turn into an annual event that has the potential to be a very successful fundraiser for the ministry.

So, for us, 2012 is getting off to a fresh, new start. While our mission here remains the same, God is bringing about new ways and new opportunities to accomplish that mission. We appreciate having your support, and we enter 2012 with excitement, rather than fear, for what God has in store for us.

No matter what unexpected twists and turns we face this year, we have confidence that God is in control. I hope you find the same to be true in your own life.

Steve

Friday, January 20, 2012

One Handful At A Time

When a tornado struck our community recently, just a mile from the Camp, several people were injured and many homes were destroyed. My wife, Jen, and I were eager to help the victims in any way that we could—especially when we learned that some of the victims were longtime church friends and supporters of South Mountain Christian Camp.

Once the roads were opened up to volunteers, we arrived at the site of the devastation, unsure what to expect. Some of the homes had been completely obliterated. Others had been severely damaged. Trees were twisted and knotted into unthinkable shapes. The destructive power of the storm was evident everywhere we looked.

Our first move was to find our friends and offer our condolences. As we listened to their stories, we were amazed at how God has spared their lives, even in the direst of circumstances. Although there were injuries to some of their family members, everyone was safe and accounted for.

Next, we turned out attention to the cleanup process. At this point things became intimidating for me. I saw volunteers who had brought heavy machinery to clear away the wreckage. I saw others who had brought chain saws and were cutting up the fallen trees. In the midst of this, I heard stories of extravagant donations being made by generous individuals to help replace what had been lost.

I began to wonder, What can I do? I have no heavy machinery. I have no wealth to donate. I don’t even have a chain saw. All I had was a pair of work gloves covering two willing hands.

Then my friend pointed out that much of the pink insulation from an obliterated home was strewn all over the trees that lined the back edge of the property. “It’s just eyesore stuff really,” he said, “but it does need to be cleaned up.”

Jen and I eagerly jumped into the project. We quickly retrieved a box of trash bags from the Camp and proceeded to the tree line. Suddenly our eagerness slammed into the wall of reality. From a distance, picking up the insulation seemed like a great job for the two of us, but up close, we soon realized that we could spend a week picking out the pink fluff from the trees and still not have the job completed. It was overwhelming to say the least.



Still, our desire to help burned within us, driving us to move forward. We took a breath, and then immersed ourselves in the project. One handful at a time, we picked up the insulation. The progress was slow, but we kept at it.

It wasn’t until we had nearly filled our second 60-gallon trash bag that I looked up to see that another volunteer had joined us. We greeted each other briefly, then got back to work. After another bag was filled, I realized that three others were now working alongside us. Encouraged that our progress was accelerating, I began to have hope that the project may not be as daunting as I first thought.

And now more and more people were joining in. Every time I looked up, the volunteers were increasing. Our group was now dozens strong and making tremendous progress. Bag after bag was filled and carried off, and then, before you knew it, the job was done.

What had seemed to me a week-long project had been accomplished in just a few hours. And, to tell the truth, it only felt like about 45 minutes because there was such an energy about the group. We all shared the same intense desire to help out, and that desire was multiplied into efficiency.

As we meandered about, picking up the last few pieces of trash, I realized that this experience was just like the Kingdom of God. Many times, in the Kingdom, we may wonder where to find our place. We see others with gifts and talents that we could never hope to possess, and we begin to doubt that God could ever use us. But God is not looking for just the powerful and popular. He’s looking for anyone who is willing to be used by Him. If you offer yourself to God, you’ll find that He can do greater things with your life than you could ever imagine.

And, just as Jen and I felt when we first started picking up the insulation, you might feel that the task is too great. You may even wonder if you’re making any difference at all. But God’s Kingdom is big. You never know how your small contribution might inspire others to do the same. God tells us, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9)

We see clear evidence of this all the time at South Mountain Christian Camp. Volunteer groups accomplish in a day what would take us weeks to do alone. Multiple contributions come in to cover a daunting bill that we lack the funds to pay. And, most importantly, hundreds of lives are impacted for the Kingdom through this ministry when a team of individuals work together in the name of Jesus Christ.

We consider every one of our supporters to be vital members of our team. Every prayer, every donation, and every minute of volunteering plays a significant role in God’s Kingdom. And that includes you!

Steve

NOTE: The donate button below is to make a contribution to the ministry of South Mountain Christian Camp. To make a donation to the tornado victims contact BB&T banks at 828-287-3395 and ask about the Piney Mountain Relief Fund.