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Spring, a Season of Hope

Springtime is a season of hope. Young animals are being born. Seeds are beginning to sprout. Blossoms appear on the trees promising abundance in the fall. The Church celebrates the resurrection of Christ, the author of hope and the source of abundant and eternal life.  As I reflect upon the Warm Beach Camp Ministries, we also are in a season of hope, of promise. The purposes of God in bringing Black Diamond Camp and Rainier Camp & Retreat Center together ...

Join Us in Prayer

You are invited to join us next week, as we gather via Zoom to seek God and His leadership in this time of emerging from the pandemic. Join us for one session or all three as you are able. These prayer sessions will also be a valuable opportunity to connect as a community, receive important updates on the re-opening of ministry at all three campuses and of course a time to pray for the staff and guests that will soon ...

Serving Military Families

Everyday life for military members and their families can be filled with a level of uncertainty and displacement. The stress on these families is unique and underscores the need for a safe place to find refuge, rest, and renewal. Black Diamond Camp has consistently hosted military groups since December 2018. Not only have they made it a point to welcome military families from all over the region, but they have formed a specific partnership with a program called Strong Bonds. ...

Renewable Energy

Photo by Zbynek Burival on Unsplash But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/isa.40.31.NLT Reflection: Dear God, I am in constant need of having my energy renewed. I consume energy, even when I am resting. I get tired and weak. I am confronted by my own limitations. I am always looking for ...

Wait for it… You won’t be disappointed

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. Psalms 40:1-2 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.40.1-2.NLT Reflection During this pandemic, which phrase below best describes you: I waited patiently for the Lord to help me. I stopped briefly ...

Horses Bring Hope

Warm Beach Horsemanship is one of the few programs at Camp that can follow CDC guidelines and remain open, providing a place of hope and healing during these challenging times. Due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19 many people’s lives have been thrown into turmoil. Things we once took for granted have been stripped away from us, however amidst this turmoil there is HOPE…    Those missing physical touch can wrap their arms around a horse and feel the comfort that comes from an embrace. Words cannot express the joy and healing ...

Living under God’s Attentiveness

Photo by Jude Beck on Unsplash Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and ...

Just Before

Photo by Kristopher Roller on Unsplash "The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:14 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/exo.14.14.NLT  I have come to understand in the human experience there are the “Just before” moments that tend to call into question everything that is about to happen: Just before the wedding, a nervous bride or groom thinks or says “should I really be doing this?” Just before opening or expanding a ministry or business, there can be a wave of ...

Facing Troubles with Joy

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:2-3 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/jas.1.2-3.NLT How do you face your troubles? Stop and think about it. What do you actually say and do when something hard is going on? Take time right now to list out your top 5 responses ...

The Earth Has Yielded Its Harvest

So be patient, brethren, [as you wait] till the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land. [See how] he keeps up his patient [vigil] over it until it receives the early and late rains. James 5:7 The songbirds welcomed a crew of hearty folks to the Warm Beach Horsemanship pastures as preparations were made to bring in a bountiful hay harvest. Volunteers gathered and created a crew of loaders, lifters, ...

Strength and Power

Photo by Wade Austin Ellis on Unsplash A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/eph.6.10.NLT When the words “strength and power” come up in the same sentence what comes to mind? The narrative of culture celebrates it in sports, despises it in politics, mocks it in success, and is concerned when unchecked strength and power shows up. Yet, God speaks of His strength and power in ways that are freely shared ...

Family R&R Weekends

The summer of 2020 is like no other summer in recent history. “Stay at home mom,” “Work from home,” “Mom, I am bored,” “Cabin fever,” “I have to get out of here.” These are all phrases that have new meanings thanks to COVID-19. I think we can all relate to these phrases in one way or another. We all seem to be experiencing a certain level of uncertainty and restlessness, especially for those who have children at home. To help ...

Creating Beauty

I love to garden. Shrubs, flowers, trees – I love the shapes and colors, the textures and fragrances of each one and how they come together to make surprising and unexpected beauty. Being in my garden feeds my soul. But gardens need care – weeding, pruning, dividing, and transplanting occur frequently. It’s part of the deal – part of the joy – at least most of the time. When it comes to pruning and moving and removing, I am often ...

The Generosity and Understanding of Jesus

Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. -Hebrews 4:16 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/heb.4.16.NLT Take time to listen to these words. Read, speak and own them. These words are for you and me. So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us ...

Blessings Big and Small

To see Warm Beach Camp empty at a time of year when it would normally be flooded with guests and campers is an odd sight. The past four months at the Camp have been challenging to say the least. Camp staff have made drastic adjustments at work to adapt to government requirements and the lack of revenue the Camp is experiencing. But, in all of this we have seen God’s blessing and provision every day. The blessings come in big ...

The Power of Community

Volunteers play a key role in the Warm Beach Camp community and have since its beginnings. In 2019 volunteers donated over 40,000 hours of their time to keep the grounds looking beautiful, to help run programs, to maintain the heard for horses, and so much more. Warm Beach Camp volunteers often come intending only to stay for a month or two but end up staying for years. When I ask them why, their reply is, “Because it feels like home.” “I volunteer at ...

Join Us in Prayer

Photo by Pedro Lima on Unsplash Even before Warm Beach Camp sat on the edge of Port Susan Bay, members of the Free Methodist denomination had a tradition of holding tent meetings which included revival prayer. The foundation of Warm Beach Camp was built on prayer and the community continues this tradition to this day. We are navigating an extended period of time where we need the heart of God, the strength of the Holy Spirit, and the grace of ...

June 2020 Project Updates

We are preparing to serve guests again soon! That includes making improvements to the grounds and our facilities. Here are several of the projects that have been keeping our staff busy: The new sidewalk and landscape lighting is done and looks magnificent. Several staff cottage repairs were done, including a new roof, two new bathrooms, painting, and flooring. Projects are continuing for The Lights of Christmas to make 2020 spectacular. A new fiber optic powered wifi system is being installed ...

Camp Home

I was first introduced to the Warm Beach Camp community 27 years ago. I was managing condominiums in Colorado when I was led by the Holy Spirit to get back into Christian camping. When I flew out to interview for the Horsemanship Director position, I was immediately welcomed by a genuine and loving community. As my wife, Holly, and I sat around a table enjoying a potluck dinner provided by Warm Beach Camp, we felt right at home. We sat ...

Stay and Play With Us!

The eagles are soaring, the horses are grazing, the flowers are blooming. The sunsets have been incredible lately.  Can’t you almost smell the campfires as you think about summer at Warm Beach Camp?  While we are unable to offer our regular Family Camp program this summer, I am excited to welcome guests back to Camp the week of July 27-Aug 2 for Oasis Family Camp 2020 Stay & Play. This is our one-time alternative format to address the need for social distancing. It is a ...