December 2019 Newsletter

My family just returned from Africa after the New Year, where we worked in a fishing village on the coast of the Atlantic. It is always eyeopening when you join the emerging churches as they seek to discover what it looks like to be the People of God that Jesus is calling them to be. It becomes even more exciting to see it happen in a fishing village. Watching the Lord call out men and women who have little knowledge of what it means to be “Fishers of Men” is almost like witnessing when Jesus called out James and John, Peter and Andrew to come and follow Him. They have grown up learning completely different traits, and the is Lord using them to disciple and equip west Africa to become the People of God, which He desires for each of us. It’s as if you are walking with the first church as it develops, it is truly a blessing. This month at Spring Lake, we have sought to go out from these walls to share the love Jesus has with those around us. In this newsletter, you will discover a few ways the resources the Lord blessed us with are being used to go beyond Spring Lake Camp and Retreat.
This past month, our staff participated with the help of Central Baptist Association and other churches in handing out food baskets around our area. We delivered these baskets to homes around the camp, which allowed us to meet our neighbors. While visiting with them, we shared the gospel and asked if they would be interested in a worship service if it were held at the Lonsdale chapel. We also passed out baskets in the Dixsonville community and invited people to a prayer meeting and meal at Dixsonville Baptist Church. The prayer meeting and meal is set for January 25th at noon. We believe this has come out of our prayer time each morning as we have been praying that the Lord would launch groups that would meet in these locations with the purpose of sharing Jesus in these communities. Join us in praying for the churches which today set empty that the Lord will fill them with His people.
Since 2012 my family has been blessed to be able to lead marriage and family training in the emerging Church culture. Our goal is to teach Christ-following families what it looks like to live in a Christ-centered marriage. How men are to love their wives like Christ loves the Church, and how wives respect their husbands like the Church does Christ. When couples do this, it becomes a beautiful picture of the world around them. Last week I had a couple say that as they lived this concept out in the middle of their family, it became difficult and they made the decision to move away from the family, after leaving the family asked that they move back because the “Peace of God” had gone with them. If we seek to allow our families to be a picture of Jesus’ love, forgiveness, and grace to our neighbors, we can become light in a dark world. Pray for the many families we had the blessing of interacting with over the Christmas season.

November Newsletter


Spring Lake has seen the Lord bless the camp during the month of November. Over the course of this month we have seen 776 students enter these grounds and be given a chance to draw close to the Lord. We have seen 6,497 individuals total join us for either a camp or retreat over the past 11 months. And while it is impossible to know the spiritual implication of what that means I am confident that hundreds gave their lives to Jesus, thousands made lasting commitments, and many surrendered their lives to serve the Lord full time. I truly believe that The Kingdom of God will be impacted through the work of the churches, associations, and groups that have joined us this year and hosted an event here. It is breath taking, as one looks over these grounds and thinks of all the ways the Lord speaks to His people as they seek time and reflect on their mission to spread the love of Jesus to the ends of the earth. Join us in praying for those who have made decisions this year at Spring Lake Camp & Retreat Center.

Mission Impossible is just around the corner. When I say “Impossible” I mean it will be impossible to complete these tasks before camp starts in May, that is unless the Lord shows up and shows out at Spring Lake. This is what this group has asked us to do, dream big and expect God to show up. Five years ago, this group called “Mission Impossible” came and added onto our dining hall, built a staff house and completed many other projects in just a week.
We have many projects we are dreaming about but three are major projects that I would like you to consider in your end of the year gifts to the camp.
1.      One is to renovate the Kitchen/Dinning Hall and upgrade the flow so that we may have two serving lines.
2.     Second, we would like to renovate the Hotel rooms to family style rooms with a full-size bed and two twins and new bathrooms.
3.     Third, we need to update the bottom part of Centennial Lodge to be equipped for interns this summer. We are offering an intern program for eight students that will be designed to prepare them for ministry outside of college.
Join us by praying, giving, and preparing the way for Mission Impossible!
Almost ten years ago Spring Lake built Hope Chapel and purchased a portable stage to use. We never moved the stage much, but after ten years the stage needed to be replaced. I love to think about all the messages of salvation, the call to missions, to surrender your life to Jesus that has been preached from that stage over the past ten years. I am thankful for the beautiful feet of those who preached the gospel (Romans 10:15) from that stage. I am also grateful for those who built the next stage and are getting it together right know.
I am excited for these next years at Spring Lake! The Lord is moving in a mighty way. Just this last month we have booked two new groups for next year that will impact the entire state of Arkansas.
I pray daily for revival, that an awaking will take place in Arkansas and flow to the ends of the earth. So, as I wait with anticipation for the next stage to be built, I pray for those who will preach from it. I pray for those who will receive messages from it, and I pray for those who will use their beautiful feet to go from Hope Chapel to the ends of the earth to preach the News of Jesus Christ. Join me in this prayer.

October 2019 Newsletter

The lord has moved in great ways this month! We have hosted eight groups this month that make up 657 students and adults. This totals 5,721 people who have entered through these gates for the purpose of spending time with the Lord. This month I received a testimony of a group that came out last year and had four students give their lives to Jesus during a retreat. Those students went back to their school changed and shared with all their classmates. This resulted in many other students within their school giving their hearts to Jesus. It is my prayer that the same thing happens every week! Join me in praying for this month coming up.

Here are some stories from retreat season this month.

This month we were able to host New Life Church – Engage. This is the JR High groups from the many New Life churches around the state. When I witness this group work, I am reminded of Acts 2:44, “and all who believed were together and had all things in common.” They embark on the camp ground with a driving purpose of engaging student’s in the life changing gospel. All the volunteers serve with one purpose in mind, they stay up late, council students, and deal with difficult situations all for the purpose of Jesus. You can’t tell who is paid and who is not, because everyone works tirelessly for the same purpose. As I watch them engage in a retreat, I am reminded of what I read in the book of Acts. How the church united around the message the apostles were preaching, the message of Jesus. They tirelessly volunteered, served, and gave so the message would go forward. Pray this month as both the High School and College groups come out. Pray that the Lord will move just as He did during the JR. High group.

A mantel may seem insignificant to some, it is a piece of furniture that is often overlooked. That is until it is out of balance then it becomes all you can think about. This is what happened in Faith Dorm. We placed a TV over the mantel which then made it obvious that the mantel was out out of balance. This happens in our walk with Christ often. We go day in and day out and never realize how out of balance we really are. It is not until we stop and compare our walk to Jesus that we realize we need adjustment. This is where Spring Lake comes in. When people get alone with God they suddenly see were they are out of balance. It is then that they can make adjustments with the Lord’s help. Once those adjustments are made we then can truly do what the Lord has called us to do. Pray for those who will find themselves out here this month and that The Lord will want to adjust their mantel so they can fully do what He is calling them to do.

Above is a picture of the Mantel Herbert Gray built for the camp. We thank the Lord for his gifts everyday.

Pray for the several groups that will join us this coming month at Spring Lake Camp & Retreat

September Retreat Update

September Update From

Spring Lake

September was full of blessings around the camp! We were able to complete a few projects around the camp, host many groups and plan for future ministry opportunities here at Spring Lake Camp and Retreat. As of the end of September we have seen 5,064 people join us for either a summer camp or a retreat. One of the ideas that has been developed this month is to host a men and boys or father/son weekend in partnership with Arkansas Baptist State Convention. So, mark your calendars for September 26-27, 2020. You can join us for the weekend several different ways, one you can come tent camp & cook your own food, you can tent camp and buy a meal package, or you can stay in a dorm and enjoy a meal package. You will have the opportunity to hear missionaries talking about their journeys with the Lord. There will be men teaching their passion, like hunting, metal working and fishing. There will also be great guest speakers, music and campfires. It will be an amazing weekend and I cannot wait to see how the Lord will use it in the lives of the men and boys in our state.However, you choose to join us, just be sure you don’t miss out on this adventure. Details about how you can sign up for this weekend will be coming soon.

Over the weekend my family spent time on the front porch of our house overlooking the camp. It was about to turn dark and the group was gathering around a campfire for a time of worship. As they sang their voices made the way up the mountains and filled the valleys and our hearts with joy. It reminded me of the time when Isaiah entered the temple of The Lord, and witnessed the seraphim crying, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of host; the whole earth is full of His glory!” As I read this passage I see evidence of smoke and coals, and the movement of God driving his people on toward the work that he has for them. This is what happens at camp, sometimes it is around the campfire, and sometimes it is in a chapel, but the Holy Spirit enters into this place and calls on the heart of man, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” (Isaiah 6:8) Many individuals who come here say the words of Isaiah, “Here I am!” Send me.” The problem is that when they return home they forget that burning desire in their heart and their flame turns into coal. It must be stoked, this is the job of the church, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:2) Pray how your church may stir up the work that the Lord started at camp or during a retreat this year.

Mission Village

David Mason set up one of the huts in Mission Village to look like a house in India, he then invited Dr. Cyril K. Antony to share what life in India looked like. Cyril asked the boys who were present to smell spices of India. He talked about how each spice has a unique purpose and flavor, and reminded the boys that they were all designed with unique abilities and the abilities were like spices in the hands of God. When The Lord wanted to use them He would move them around to get the most flavor in the Kingdom of God. He reminded them that when they give their life to Jesus, everything that they do with their life there after spreads the flavor of Jesus Christ. I can’t help but think this made an eternal impact on the lives of the boys

Pray for the several groups that will join us this coming month
at Spring Lake Camp & Retreat!

2018 Serve Week.

About twice a year Spring Lake has a week called “Serve week”. During this week whoever would like to This year, we had exactly 59 people that felt led to come and give us a hand! With the help of these people, we got quite a few things done.

Our volunteers:

  • Repaired our docks
  • Cut down trees
  • Helped prepare lunches for our other volunteers
  • Cleaned some of our dorms
  • Put together and installed our new benches for Owen chapel
  • Waxed our water slide
  • Painted handrails
  • Cleaned out our All People’s Village

Our camp wouldn’t be able to run as efficiently if it wasn’t for our volunteers, and we are so thankful for each and every one of them!



Owen Chapel.

Owen Chapel is our open-air pavilion here at Spring Lake.  It has been the same for years, with the exception of the chairs, which have changed our time from weathering and breaking apart. Because of this, we decided to take out all of the old seats, and replace them with new benches!


owen chapel benchesThese benches are plastic-coated, with full backrests and are VERY easy to keep clean!

We hope that with the new upgrade to Owen Chapel, more people will use it to its full potential! Taking out seating that had been a part of the chapel for so long can be a difficult change for some people, but we think that it was for the better.

We love our new benches, and we hope you do too.

-Spring Lake.

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