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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 ...

Welcome Tori Raiguel, Volunteer Coordinator

Please welcome Tori Raiguel, our new Volunteer Coordinator for Warm Beach Camp Ministries. Tori began working at Warm Beach Camp in 2015 as the Assistant Director for The Lights of Christmas, and now has transitioned to a new challenge. Tori is a wife to Joe and mother to three wonderful children Dustin, Rebekah, and Paul. Tori loves the Camp, specifically the close faith-based community, campfires, and getting to be a part of the life-changing work God does at Camp through ...

Growing Beyond Myself

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears (Psalms 34:4)  Reaching, seeking, and stretching all indicate areas of growth. Adaptive vaulting challenges not only physical effort but emotional effort as well. Vaulting’s unique environment and equipment provides opportunity for participants to reach beyond themselves. They discover physical and emotional boundaries can move. Flexibility becomes a metaphor as well as a physical experience. With Warm Beach Horsemanship’s equine partners and volunteer support, participants experience ...

Growing Confidence in New Experiences

Finding experiences and activities that your kids truly love can be a challenge. Our son Jonah had a hard time finding an activity he enjoyed enough to do more than once. He played soccer, basketball, ice skating, and even joined a math team, but nothing gave Jonah joy and confidence like ridging lessons at Warm Beach Camp. We signed him up for riding lessons hoping it might help him find something he enjoys but he found SO much more. For ...

Cole Marshall, Black Diamond Intern

I love being an intern at Black Diamond Camp for many reasons! I love the community I get to work in and be surrounded by. I love getting to serve others every day and know that my actions are making an impact on the lives of the people who come to camp. I also love working with others while running different activities, it’s great to see people come out of their comfort zones to try things that might be daunting ...

A Very Good Thing

When I gaze upon the beauty of a PNW sunset from my outlook at the stables. God’s faithfulness and provision are ever-present. His evidence abounds. The evergreen trees and lush green pastures withstand record breaking heat of summer, buffeting high winds of fall and bitter cold in winter. They remain the backdrop for the life-giving ministry between horses and people and give testimony to the work the Lord has laid before us at the stables. Beautiful fruit is being shaped ...

Living in Comfort

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/2co.1.3-4.NLT What comes to mind when you think of living in comfort? Sunshine, warmth, good health, family, friends, and adequate resources are a ...

Lessons for Life

“And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9  The Riding Lesson program at Warm Beach Horsemanship continues to thrive as many realize these lessons don’t only improve riding skills, but they also develop valuable life skills.  Riding lessons provide an amazing opportunity for ministry! Warm Beach Horsemanship staff build relationships through regular weekly interaction with students. Through this, students experience the love of Christ, coupled ...

Come To the Middle

The relationship between horse and rider is similar to our relationship with God. Through interacting with horses all my life, including incredibly meaningful weeks attending Horse Camp as a child, I’ve witnessed God’s fingerprints displayed through horses profoundly. When I was asked to pastor a week of Horse Camp, I had trouble putting pen to paper. Before the first chapel, I dropped to a knee and asked the Holy Spirit to guide my words. He answered my prayer with short ...

God’s Enduring Love

As we transition from 2021 to 2022 there is a profound truth that has become our focus for 2022:  God’s Enduring Love. We just finished the 24th season of The Lights of Christmas, the 2nd year of a drive-thru format. We shared and experienced God’s enduring love. The story of Jesus coming to save us, God coming to be with us, was clearly evident through, and word. We are grateful for all those who chose to take this in. As we look ...

Alexander Cook, Black Diamond Intern

Hello! My name is Alexander and I am proud to be a part of the Black Diamond Camp Internship program! I found myself at Camp back in 2019 as a summer staffer, it was then I got to meet all the wonderful staff and experience the beautiful campus. I served two more summers after my first, and now I find myself in the internship program! Camp has really become a large part of my life, something the former me would ...

Christmas, a Season of Wonder!

As a boy, I loved thumbing through the Sears and JC Penny’s catalogues marking Christmas gift ideas for my mom to pass on to Santa. The nativity set in my grandparents’ home evoked a deep sense of mystery in the curious scene. The song, Little Drummer Boy, fueled my imagination as I thought about what it would have been like to actually see the baby Jesus. Christmas is a celebration of life in all its fullness and possibility. Christmas is ...

Praise the Lord for our new Guest Service Associates, Scott Brandenberger & Liz McBride

Welcome Scott Brandenberger! Many of you may already know him from his time as Camp counselor at Warm Beach in 2005. In the intervening years, Scott has lived in Korea where he met and married his wife, Grace. They have three wonderful kids (Alan, Elsa, Levi)  to add to our Camp family. Scott has also owned his own woodworking business, been a teacher and brings many years of customer service to our team. He will be working on the Registration ...

This is God’s Place

God chose Warm Beach Camp to be the home of The Lights of Christmas! He chose the people to start this amazing experience to share the true message of Christmas. He fills the staff with His love and joy so that it pours out of us to the community to soften hearts and bring change. The world is a dark place, and the last couple of years have been difficult! But no matter what, when you drive through The Lights ...