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Counting on God

  So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. Galatians 5:1 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/gal.5.1.NLT There is a subtle challenge for all who seek God through Christ: We begin by faith knowing that God loves, met and saved us. Yet, over time we add back in structures and laws of our own that replace faith with human effort. If we are not careful, we end ...

Cascadian Lodge Renovations Completed

  Cascadian Lodge is 57 years old! With many years of service since the last renovation, it was time to update and preserve this lodge for years to come. Renovation work was started on Cascadian Lodge a year and a half ago and was recently completed in June 2019. The renovations were funded through room memorials made by families who wished to commemorate family members and other loved ones while also contributing to the ministry here at Warm Beach Camp ...

The Difference was Fred

  “Life changes here”…a phrase you may have heard. This phrase doesn’t just apply to our campers and guests, but also our volunteers and staff. Often volunteers come to Warm Beach Camp to be part of something bigger than themselves, to help with programming, labor and other tasks. Little do they know the experience is often just as life changing for them as it is for the campers they serve. This was exactly the case for Marcus Petterson, “Fred” here ...

Somebody to Lean On

  “Sometimes in our lives we all have pain, we all have sorrow.” as the song goes. This can be especially true when difficult circumstances arise in our youth. Children have no control over their circumstance. Everyone is making decisions for them, and it can be hard not to feel isolated, confused, and sad. This was the very situation Ms. Belltower or Puhi (camp name) found herself in just a few short years ago. Puhi’s parents were in the midst ...

Incredible Compassion

"You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate." Luke 6:36 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/luk.6.36.NLT   “I only do this to people I like!” is a phrase I use after teasing someone in a nice way. When I think about the people I love and am in relationship with, it is easy to have fun, play, show love and give care. I think up ways to express gratitude and appreciation. When it comes to people I am in conflict with, that ...

Guard Your Heart

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.4.23.NLT The direction of my life is at stake. So is yours. There are many things to do to encourage a good direction in life. Proverbs 4 names several: Listen when your father corrects you, develop good judgement, stay away from evil, value wisdom and don’t turn your back on it, avoid perverse talk and corrupt speech. Proverbs 4 lifts one above all ...

Help is here!

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning that cannot be expressed in words. Romans 8:26 NLT And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. Romans 8:27 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/rom.8.27.NLT It’s ok to say it. “I have weaknesses in my life.” ...

Restoration

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Psalms 51:10 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.51.10.NLT Have you ever really blown it? Have you made the kind of mistake that you know is dead wrong. A choice that is very damaging to you and all the people who trust you. And yet, knowing that, you chose to do it anyway. When the reality of these actions has sunk in, there becomes a real desperate crying out, “How does ...

That’s Why…

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Matthew 6:25 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.6.25.NLT “That’s why…” has kick started many reminders that people often give to each other. See if any of these sound familiar: That’s why you need to brush your teeth. That’s why you need to exercise. That’s why you don’t go over the ...
Refreshed Family Camp at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

A Calm, Safe, and Fun Place for Foster and Adoptive Families

Have you been hearing the people around you excitedly saying, "Summer is right around the corner!" For most people, that one statement can invite a host of anticipatory emotions and thoughts. You may find, like me, you don't usually fall into the category of "mos t people." Being an adoptive mom, I find when I hear this phrase spoken, a small unwelcome rumble happens deep inside of me that sounds something like short growls of fear rising up from my ...

God’s Peace Requires Our Focus

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/php.4.7.NLT   It’s a challenge to focus on the right things at the right times on any given day. Distractions, competing agendas, and the constant bombardment of streaming information from technology penetrates the ability to stay focused. Some days I feel like life is one big game of “squirrel” and I ...

Refreshment and renewal for foster and adoptive families

The vision for Refreshed Family Camp is clear: Give every foster and adoptive family a “win” together. Refreshed Family Camp is an experience where the love of Jesus is clear. Connect with God around the campfire or through a conversation with a friend. See God’s care in the epic sunsets overlooking Port Susan Bay. Learn about God’s heart through experiential-based teaching. Play hard at camp. Swim, zip line, canoe, shoot arrows, compete in field games, or just take a hike on ...

The gift of time

Some of the most important things in life cannot be bought, like time and love. If you want to measure the quality of life, measure the quality and depth of relationships. One of the most treasured relationships are between parents and kids. Both parents and kids desire transparent, loving relationships. In a world saturated with distractions, we are faced with bigger challenges than ever to maintain flourishing relationships. Somebody once said, “Love is spelled, time.” Consider the following acronym for your ...

The long view

“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” - Proverbs 22:6 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.22.6.NLT Parenting requires more vision and persistence than anything else I have ever been involved with in my life. As parents we respond to a series of short term moments, many of them immediate (potty training, sharing toys, riding a bike, etc.). As children grow, parents find themselves in more complex situations involving relationships, life choices, and finances. The desire ...

A Man of service

Steve and Jacque Johnson began volunteering at Warm Beach Camp over four years ago. The couple dedicated their lives to service for the Lord and enjoyed working with youth and overseas missions. Steve spent 41 years working with the youth group at Wenatchee Free Methodist/Sage Hills Church. In 2005, Steve and one of his best friends, Ron Bundy, bought a shop where they repaired cars for single mothers and widows, and spent years ministering to hundreds. Steve’s life was cut ...

Bread of life

“Jesus replied, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” - John 6:35 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/jhn.6.35.NLT They came out to the countryside to hear Jesus speak. Thousands of people gathered. People were hungry. There were not any caterers or food trucks standing by. Jesus took a small amount of food, and fed everyone to the full with leftovers! The day ended. Jesus traveled to another town across ...

Rest sounds so good right about now

"Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest'" Matthew 11:28 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.11.28.NLT I am weary and carry burdens that are heavy. Do you? It seems that the most common response I receive in regards to how people are doing today involves being fatigued or under a heavy load in one way or another. Do you identify with any of the following categories? Which ones apply to your ...

A summer to remember

When I was asked to talk about my experience at Warm Beach Summer Youth Camp, I struggled at first because there is truly no accurate way to describe an experience so life-changing. Eventually, I pinned down the three best parts of my camp experience. The environment created by the staff, the time away from normal habits, and unique and amazing opportunities for personal growth. These three things made my summer incredibly fulfilling. During my time at camp, staff came together ...

Relationship wisdom

"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry." - James 1:19 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/jas.1.19.NLT Every person I know, or have met throughout my life, hopes to have healthy and meaningful relationships. Around the many campfires of Warm Beach Camp I have had the privilege of listening to people experiencing the joy that comes with healthy relationships and the pain of broken families, marriages, and friendships. There is a ...

A special friend for life!

Paris (left) and Vivan (right) at Special Friends. Have you ever had someone declare, “You’ll be my friend for life!”? When it happens, it’s a very special day indeed!! And it happens frequently at Special Friends Camps for adults with disabilities at Warm Beach Camp! One such relationship was shared between Paris, a buddy (volunteer), and Vivian, a camper. They became dear friends at Special Friends Camp and shared precious moments together. They were the best of friends...the “friends for ...