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It Only Takes a Spark

240 Lisa Furrie 12It was a slow day at the craft table at Special Friends Day Camp. Lisa waited patiently for campers to come and join her but it seemed no one was biting. Lisa’s hopes began to rise as she saw a camper, who had not done a craft all week, approach the table with her “Buddy” (a Special Friends Camp Counselor). Unfortunately, the buddy just needed a bathroom break and was asking if her Special Friend could wait with Lisa.

The camper sat down next to Lisa and began coloring. Lisa took the opportunity to try coax the camper into the day’s craft, gluing buttons onto a whimsical tree to make its leaves, but the camper would have nothing to do with it. She was quite content with her coloring.

And then Lisa found her way in. She proposed that the camper color her tree before gluing the buttons on. Wildly clapping and smiling, the camper agreed to the compromise. By days end, the camper had completed three of the week’s art projects.

Lisa dedicated her whole summer to volunteering at Warm Beach Camp. You would not have known that she had never led in crafts projects or worked with adults with special needs before. In fact, Lisa said “If it wouldn’t have been for the Camp, I never would have had an experience like this.”

Lisa admits that when she first found out that she would be the craft director for Special Friends Day Camps, she was a little intimidated. But, through some recent difficult life circumstances just before coming to Camp, the Lord showed Lisa that compassion is something everyone needs. “I would do it again in a heartbeat” Lisa said. “When you have a positive volunteer experience like this, it has a way of moving you on to the next thing the Lord has for you!”

Ministry is the Connection Between Instructor and Student

About a year ago, a wonderful 85-year-old grandmother entered my life. She approached us with the interest of taking riding lessons after many years of being out of the saddle. Inez grew up with horses and even raised a horse from a foal to his last day on earth. Her daughter was involved in a local Pony Club and Inez had ridden until her kids moved on to adulthood. She deeply missed riding and the bond that comes with riding ...

Hearing from God

The past year has been difficult, bringing physical challenges, relationship losses, and employment transitions. My husband and I came to Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center for several reasons. One of the most important was to hear from God. One of the things I appreciate most about Warm Beach, is it provides the perfect environment to listen to God’s voice. I hear His laughter in the sound of children at play and see His joy on the faces of little ...

Trust in Hope

Hope in the context of the Bible is not the same as hope in the context of our current culture. Our culture often uses hope as wishful thinking, "I hope so…." Biblical hope, on the other hand, is an assurance of a promise that will come to pass! Down at the Stables, we have another "Hope" I'd like you to get to know. A large, beautiful, gentle giant of a draft horse named Hope. As an equine partner in our ...