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.
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 Update From
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.
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
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.
- 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 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!
These 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.