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A Community that Cares- Employee Commitment to Creation Care

At the beginning of 2019, the staff of Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center made a commitment to make changes that would contribute to meeting the goal of reducing campus waste by 10% from combined fuel, propane, electric, and solid waste consumption by 2020. Every month leadership sends an email to staff with the latest news in the field of sustainability with an attached action step. The action step incorporates the news shared with practical ways of integrating it into ...

Gone Forever

Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. Revelation 21:4 NLT https://www.bible.com/bible/116/rev.21.4 What comes to your mind when you hear “gone forever”? Is it opportunities missed, wealth squandered, or broken relationships now out of your reach? I hear two words most often associated with “gone forever”: regret and relief. Regret represents aspects of life that ...

Experiential Learning Outcomes for Outdoor Science Education

Photo by Ellie Storms on Unsplash “What I hear, I forget. What I see, I’ll remember. What I do, I’ll learn.”                          -Chinese proverb This proverb could be the first identification of the styles of learning. It certainly is one of the earliest confirmations of what many educators have developed over the years. Many advocated children going outside to learn about the forest by walking in the forest. Encouraging students to bring a notebook along, stopping, seeing, drawing, smelling, digging, and measuring. ...

The Challenge of Honor & Respect

Photo by Product School on Unsplash So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 1 Peter 5:6 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/1pe.5.6.NLT Honor and respect are often associated with people who are established leaders. Up-and-coming leaders often wish to be shown honor and respect. Yet, there are challenges associated with honor and respect: Established leaders think they deserve it, and treat it as an aspect of power and influence over ...

Please Love and Know Me

Photo by Emmanuel Phaeton on Unsplash I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/hos.6.6.NLT Every person wants to be loved and known. Guess what, God desires the same thing! God wants us to show love and to know Him. This is far more important than any religious structure or system in our lives. There is a nasty tendency in humanity to try to ...

Cared for by God, Always

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/php.4.19.NLT You and I are cared for by God. Always. Along the way, we don’t always see the evidence of God’s care because we are blinded by the sheer force of stress or trauma we are dealing with. Questions burst out in hard times ...

Is a Fundraising Event Right for Your Organization?

From time to time I am approached by organizations looking for ways to improve their fundraising efforts. One idea on their list is inevitably an auction. Auctions seem pretty straight forward right? You get items donated, people pay for the items and your organization benefits from those purchases. I wish I could say it was so easy, but auctions can be much more complicated than they appear. There are few questions you should ask yourself before you dive in head ...

Kingdom Building in Korea

There he was, all 40 or so inches of him, heading up to the stage determined to be the first one to share at open mic time at Camp. This is a time where campers can share about their experiences during the week in front of the entire camp. In our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, Eric was a good student – bright and very accomplished with his English as a 4th grader. He stepped on stage and ...

On Purpose

Photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/jhn.10.10.NLT “Did you mean to do that on purpose?” is a phrase a co-worker would often say to me when reviewing and managing my overcrowded schedule of commitments. It was a polite and humorous way of asking me to examine my priorities and purpose. Jesus asks the same question when ...

Body

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself… 1 Corinthians 6:19 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/1co.6.19.NLT Image by Mimzy from Pixabay We live in a time where there is intense debate over one’s body and the personal freedoms and responsibilities associated with one’s body. Some laws regarding one’s body and corresponding rights have been considered by the highest court in the ...

Top 5 Contributions Millennials make to the Non Profit Sector

Millennials are the hope of the future. Having worked alongside this cohort since they were in high school, I have found them to be intelligent, hard-working, and committed to the kinds of community values that make the world a better place. Millennials are an amazing gift to non-profits in five important ways: Quest for meaning: Millennials are motivated by meaning, by a purpose greater than themselves. Every non-profit needs motivated employees and volunteers who align their personal Photo by Annie ...

“I Received a Scholarship”

Warm Beach Horsemanship offers Equestrian Vaulting instruction through camps, classes, and even a competitive club team. Equestrian Vaulting is essentially gymnastics and dance on a moving horse. Many who participate in vaulting instruction are horse enthusiasts but have never tried the sport. As you can imagine the first time sitting on a horse with no saddle and being asked to let go and stretch your arms to the side can be rather unnerving. Ginger Reitz, Assistant Horsemanship Director, describes the ...

It’s Just God!

“Warm Beach Camp has always changed my life for the better.” When I sat down with Bee to talk about how God has been working in her life this summer, these were the first words out of her mouth. Bee, known to the outside world as Hannah, is currently a Cabin Guide down at W-Bar-B Youth Camp. Bee and I go back five summers when we both started volunteering at Warm Beach Special Friends Camp. Bee truly encountered God that ...

Letting Go

By Shelby Janes Life can be hectic. One can easily find themselves running from one thing to the next, groceries, social activities, work, cooking, cleaning, and phone calls. I’m sure you could add to this list. But there are also activities that cause us to take pause and reflect on the world and our place in it: gardening, going to church, holding a baby, taking a walk, watching a sunset, and if you are an animal lover, working with a ...

August 2019 Project Updates

Summer projects are in full swing: Cedar Lodge Loop is now repaved. New double pane windows are being installed in three retreat houses providing them with much improved winterization. A new ticket booth for The Lights of Christmas has been finished. Fresh water well controls are being replaced for Well #4 As an extra safety precaution, an emergency bypass is being installed to a section of the wastewater treatment plant where a main pipe to the treatment plant runs above ...

Wealth and Relationships

Wealth makes many “friends”; poverty drives them all away. Proverbs 19:4 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.19.4.NLT One of the great experiences at Warm Beach Camp is the formation of life-long friendships. Recently, at one Family Camp, people who have been coming for generations upon generations gathered to grow in God and enjoy each other’s relationships. As I have watched people connect with each other over the years, I see people truly enjoying each other for who they are. The relationship is not established ...

Blaming God

People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord. Proverbs 19:3 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.19.3.NLT   It’s time for confession. Have you ever blamed God for something that was clearly the result of your own foolishness? I don’t want to admit it, but I have. Dr. Henry Cloud, in a book titled Necessary Endings describes foolishness as the person who never takes responsibility for his/her own actions. In earlier years, I took way too many risks ...

Choose Honesty

Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool. Proverbs 19:1 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.19.1.NLT If you were given the choice of being honest and poor compared to being dishonest and rich what would you choose?  I suspect many of us would ask if we could be honest and wealthy. The truth is, some of the most honest people I know do happen to be wealthy. It is also true that some of the most honest people I ...

More than Enthusiasm, Please

Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. Proverbs 19:2 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.19.2.NLT I am guilty of jumping into something with enthusiasm as my primary energy. When I find out how much knowledge is needed to be effective, it is very sobering, and quickly becomes hard work to do it right. While enthusiasm can be a wonderful encourager, it is not a foundation on which to make decisions. Good decisions are based on conviction, knowledge and application. It takes time ...

Alert, Thankful and Praying

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Colossians 4:2 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/col.4.2.NLT In this scripture, the apostle Paul is encouraging us to give priority to prayer in our lives. He gives us two challenges as part of the encouragement: Come to prayer with an alert mind Pray with a thankful heart Alert Mind: “Pay Attention!” From the parent’s correction to the coach or supervisor who is giving specific instruction, we have all been admonished to be ...
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