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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 ...

Welcome Back Oksana!

Warm Beach Camp is so excited to welcome back Oksana Despins as our Marketing Specialist! Oksana has a long history at Warm Beach Camp. She first experienced Warm Beach as a Family Camp attendee in 2009 and then as a Marketing Intern in 2010. Following her internship, she served as a graphic design contractor for Warm Beach Camp until 2013 when she came back to the Marketing Team fulltime until 2018. When life took her in a different direction for ...

The Auction is Moving!

I don’t know about you, but I have missed being together for the annual auction. If you have joined us in the past, you will remember the fun of quietly (or not so quietly) outbidding someone for a certain item, or the friendly competition for a delicious-looking cake or pie.  Over the last two years, as we navigated the pandemic, we have been grateful for the opportunity to move the auction online. We found new opportunities and a way to ...

Outsmarting The Giants

Pictured, Rachel Tilgner, WB Horsemanship Program Assistant, Barn Manager, Instructor, Pony Club member Our role as educators and mentors is to bring someone younger up to our level as quickly as possible and then catapult them into the future. With support, they will accomplish more with the balance of their lifetime than could be accomplished with the balance of ours. Whether we’re talking about how to ride and train horses or discipling people about the intrinsic qualities of Christ, the ...

Gentle Feeling, Quiet Moments, Slowing Down

“I have learned more about being a person from a horse than I ever learned about being a rider. I wouldn’t be alive, and I wouldn’t be who I am today without them in my life,” says Stella (Warm Beach Horsemanship student and wrangler alumnae with autism).  Imagine experiencing clanging symbols, flashing lights, and prickly textures all in what a neurotypical person would term an ordinary environment or scenario. For a person with autism, life can quickly go from peaceful ...

Your Safe Place

The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 NLT Everyone is encouraged to have a safe place and person to go to in times of trouble and danger. It is a place you can get to when you need to. It is a person who has given you permission 24/7 to reach out to them. There is something comforting about knowing that we can always be with a person ...

The Reality of God’s Enduring Love

We are living in the reality of God’s enduring love. That is the truth. God’s love is greater than the epic challenges of the world and the individual moments on any given day. New beginnings and necessary endings are part of what we navigate in life every day. We will celebrate a newborn baby, intercede for a friend with a terminal disease, and grieve when nations go to unjust war.     God’s enduring love never fails.     His compassion reaches beyond the harshest ...

Why I Love Family Camp

I love everything about Family Camp. It is a time to come together, connect with God’s love, have amazing experiences as a family, and spend time with old and new friends alike. Warm Beach Camp is the perfect place. I admit I am biased, and with good reason! Here are just some of what makes Family Camp special:  Dedicated Space– The land is dedicated to making God known to everyone who comes on the property. When families come, it is not ...

Best Christian Workplaces Certification

Warm Beach Camp Ministries (WBCM) has always been focused on the mission of sharing the love and hope of Christ through camping ministries and experiences in the Pacific Northwest. By keeping the path clear to the cross, the goal is for guests to have an encounter with Christ that will transform their life and ripple out to bless families and communities.   The prayer for the staff is we would experience the transformation we desire for others. Serving in a Christian ...

Volunteering With Horses!

Whether you have never volunteered before or volunteerism is a way of life for you and your family, volunteering at Warm Beach Horsemanship may be just the thing you are looking for to fill your time in a meaningful way! At Warm Beach Horsemanship, we would not be able to do ANY of our programs without the help of caring and diverse volunteers. Every task, job, and role is meaningful. From sweeping to tack conditioning, class assistance to vehicle and ...

Jesus, My Example

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human ...

Horse Magic

My first love was a big bay gelding named Clipper.  I was 5, visiting a cousin’s horse ranch for summer vacation. Clipper was a gentle giant who was always steady and calm around me; it was as if he sensed what I needed. With no dad in my life and a mom suffering from mental illness, steady calm was rare for me, so my time with Clipper was a stark contrast, a magical refuge. Once, I saw a teenage girl ...

My Black Diamond Internship

When Easter 2021 came around, I had no idea what I was doing with my life. I had just spent the previous two years dedicated to missions in the South Pacific Islands when suddenly Covid started to spread around the world. This led me to move back in with my parents in Arizona as I tried to figure things out. Through this, I decided that I should move back to my hometown, Auburn WA, to look for new opportunities. Right away I got reconnected with my home church ...

Welcome Sara Kauffman!

The Lights of Christmas, is excited to welcome Sara Kauffman to the team!   Sara has been a Warm Beach Camp resident volunteer for the last 8 months and loves the people and community life at Camp. When the position of The Lights of Christmas Project Coordinator opened up, she sensed a strong nudging from the Lord that this was the place for her! Sara lives on the grounds with her husband James and her three kids Maddy, Ezra and Eleanor. ...

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 ...

A Time of Connection

The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Regional Conference is a great time for personal growth and learning from professionals in their various careers and trades in the horsemanship world. Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center happily hosted this year's conference in March. Not only is knowledge and information shared during the weekend, but it is filled opportunities to make new connections and friendships with people you may not meet otherwise. I was blessed to experience all these things throughout the weekend. ...

Stress Relief – Thanks Mom

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 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 4:6-7 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/php.4.6-7.NLT A new study on the reality of increased stress in people’s lives just came out. Stress levels are on the rise. Anxiety is up. It doesn’t come as a ...

Excited to Welcome Lewis Van Hofwegen

Warm Beach Camp is excited to welcome Lewis and Brittany Van Hofwegen. Lewis has a background in mechanics and will be joining the Plant Services Team. After praying for years about getting involved with ministry, they are thrilled that the Lord led them to Warm Beach Camp!  Lewis and Brittany arrived in late February from northwest Iowa with their two children, Lily (6) and Luke (4). As a family, they enjoy getting out and exploring new places and seeing new ...