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Drawing People to God Through Camp!

Our mission at Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center is to provide Christ-centered environments, experiences, and resources that draw people to God through camping ministries, conferences, and events. We’ve long known the power of camp to draw people to God, but have you also known and experienced the power of a Christian conference? Perhaps after two years of collective isolation, it has even more significance as people hunger for community and reconnection.

In February we had the privilege of hosting such a conference for the Christian Camp and Conference Association (otherwise known as CCCA). The annual Northwest Sectional invites staff and volunteers from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho CCCA camps to come together for 3 days of worship, fellowship, networking, and fun.

You could physically feel and see the impact that being together had on attendees. Just walking through the lobby, hearing the excitement, joy, and enthusiasm was life-giving. One attendee shared, “In times of struggle, it’s encouraging to remember that there are others going through similar situations. We are all in this together.”

People were able to share their struggles and victories over the last year and encourage one another to carry on. We’re not alone. We can carry one another’s burdens.

One attendee, who had experienced God’s healing touch in her own life, felt led to pray for healing for someone she had never even met before. That act of kindness blessed the recipient in a long-lasting way.

Others shared that it was wonderful to have time and space to just “be” with fellow Christian workers; to share life outside of the workplace. Someone else’s takeaway was from a workshop on forgiveness. “You can’t do ministry if you are hurting. Hurting people always end up hurting other people. I didn’t realize that I had some bitterness that I was holding on to and it was limiting my ministry. Now God and I are in the process of working through it and towards forgiveness.”

Many people went home encouraged and challenged regarding God’s work in their own lives.

When a small group of people chooses to get away from their ordinary location and routine to seek God’s face, powerful moments happen. When multiple groups of people gather for such a purpose, the impact is exponential. It’s the power of partnership; people with a common cause are stronger together.

Paul says in Philippians 1:4-5, “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” What a joy it is to partner with others as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ!

-By Marlene Smith, Guest Services Director
Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center

Permission to Rest is Granted

This morning, in my time with God by the morning fire, the message was simple and clear: You have been granted permission to rest. Yet, the real challenge for me, and perhaps you too, is to receive and take the rest that has been generously granted to you and me. Will you take a few minutes to reflect with me on what God has to say about different types of rest? Scripture • For the weary person carrying heavy burdens ...

Just a Hint of Heaven

In Mark 6:30, Jesus called His disciples to “come away and rest by yourselves.” It was an invitation to separate themselves from the work of the Kingdom, from the press of the crowds, and from daily cares. And best of all, they got to just be with Jesus. That’s what coming to Warm Beach Camp has felt like for me personally. It’s been an invitation to come away and spend time with Jesus. I have been attending family camps at ...

Words from the Heart

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. Romans 10:10 NLT The writer of the book of Romans is sharing words from his heart. He wants everyone to understand the way to be made right with God. He longs for everyone to be saved. Listen to what is being said: Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and ...