Warm Beach Camp’s annual Men’s Advance weekend kicks off on Friday, March 2, 2018. Whether listening to the keynote speaker, pastor Rick Thiessen, participating in breakout seminars, or through recreational activities, unique opportunities are available to equip participants for the challenges of life.

A team of gifted ministry leaders from around the Pacific Northwest will share their stories of God’s strength and love through the gospel of Jesus Christ, and how He can change lives. One of the breakout session leaders is Mike Henry, Freedom Ministries Pastor from Sage Hills Church in Wenatchee, Washington. Mike’s passion is to see believers set free to fully trust and live out their faith in Jesus. In 2017 over 150 believers attended seminars and workshops at Sage Hills Church to help them identify and break patterns of doubt, bad habits and self-defeating belief cycles that keep us in spiritual slavery. This impactful material and quality teaching will be brought to Men’s Advance.

Perhaps you’ve had one of those rollercoaster seasons of life? One where there are highs and lows, but often more lows than highs? Toward the end of last summer, I found myself inhabiting a heart space I can best describe as a sort of ‘transactional survival.’

“We tend to want to blame Satan, but often we are self-deceived. We disregard our own bad behavior and ungodly belief-cycles.” – Mike Henry, Freedom Ministries

It was only through an intentional time of prayer and reflection that the Holy Spirit revealed the destructive ways I was looking at life. More than that, the Lord graciously brought me to an honest moment where I could admit I had helped plow the soil and sow the seeds of my own discontent rather than trust Him fully with the outcomes. Praise be to Jesus, I was no longer stuck, but was free!

It is this freedom in Jesus Christ that sparks passion in the leadership and speakers for Men’s Advance. It is a weekend for men who want to encounter Jesus, and be strengthened and empowered for life. Won’t you come and join us?

Information and registration for Men’s Advance can be found at: www.Mens-Advance.com.

Scott Rossiter
Warm Beach Camp Foundation Director

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In following God, there is a tension everyone deals with: Allowing the everyday pleasures and desires in the world to move us away from experiencing the love God has for us. This is a real challenge because the needs, opportunities, and demands of the world are a constant everyday reality. God often gets marginalized or eliminated in our time, thinking, and community.

In the Bible the following is written in the book of 1 John 2:15-16: Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

Eugene Peterson, in The Message, interprets this passage as the world squeezing out the love of God in our lives.

Any of us following God don’t get up in the morning saying, “I want my love for God squeezed out of my life today.” The truth is, we have a desire for a deeper presence of God and His love in our lives moment by moment.

A practical question emerges: What can I do to keep God and His love the priority of my life? Here are a few recommendations:

  • Spend time with God: Love in any relationship is best nurtured and safeguarded by spending time together. The same is true with God. Explore ways of spending time with God that work for you.
  • Talk and listen to God: The nature of prayer is dialogue – talking and listening. The apostle Paul encourages us to pray all the time. What he is saying is keep the communication going all day long.
  • Give generously: Giving is the best antidote to falling in love with our own stuff. Giving helps others, and it has the benefit of not letting us grip too tightly to things.
  • Read the Bible: God’s Word has life-giving truth and perspective that help keep us moving the right way with God and guarding against getting lost in the world.
  • Live in community: Be involved in a community of people who are also followers of Jesus. Encourage each other and support each other.

The Warm Beach Camp experience is all about drawing people closer to God in a world that squeezes out God’s love. The next time you come, experience a deeper connection with God and His love.

In Christ,
Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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The good news of Jesus coming is for everyone. Everyone is invited. Everyone is included.

It is meant to be shared in everything we do. The life He offers to everyone who believes in Him is nothing to be ashamed about. Quite the opposite. His good news is meant to flow through every aspect of our lives.

Interaction with other people is meant to be filled with grace. When truth is shared, it is meant to be shared in love. We are meant to live generously with each other. Sharing with each other sacrificially in times of need.

The good news of Jesus challenges us to love and forgive people when we are in conflict with them. Jesus reminds us to lead from a position of serving.

We are also told that we are not left to do this ourselves. The Holy Spirit has been given to guide us into all truth, comfort us in times of hurt, and to give us the words to say in pressurized situations. The Holy Spirit is an encouragement to come alongside of us.

One thing is asked of all of us: To believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God sent to save us from all that separates us from God.

The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach Camp is meant to lift up the beautiful truth that Jesus, the Son of God, has come. He is here. No one needs to be separated from God anymore.

From all of us at Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center,
Merry Christmas.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes…” - Romans 1:16

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Lutheran Brethren Family Bible Camp has been going for 69 years. Fifty-five of those years have been in ministry partnership with Warm Beach Camp, forming a family-like relationship. Zoe and her family have been a part of their Family Camp for many years. Her testimony bears witness to the amazing ways God changes lives at Warm Beach Camp.

“I want to thank everyone at Warm Beach Camp for keeping the path clear to the cross all these years. It has made all the difference in our family. For a long time my husband did not know Christ. He is a long haul truck driver, and could be a hard person to live with before Christ. In 2002 he made a commitment to come to camp with our family. Towards the end of the week, he responded to the invitation to meet and accept Jesus Christ.” 

The positive change in the family was dramatic and enduring. Zoe cherishes the photos of her husband being ordained an Elder in the Lutheran Brethren Church a few years later. Her family has been forever changed for the good.

One of her sons, a Navy sailor, recently recounted how much it meant to him to attend Lutheran Brethren Family Camp through his childhood years. He even decided to donate campership money so others could continue to come and grow up with the same significant experience at camp. 

Zoe’s story illustrates the ways that life changes here. We are grateful for all those who work faithfully in partnering with us to keep the path clear to the cross.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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It came in the mail... a bulky envelope from a partnership ministry who sent several kids to summer camp who have experienced some hard things in life. Donors of Warm Beach Camp made camp possible for these kids by giving to the Kids 2 Camp scholarship fund.

In the envelope were several thank you notes. Each thank you note read like a precious gift to me. "Thank you for helping me come to camp." read one. Another stated, "I made some really good friends at camp." One camper said, "I really like the horse you gave me to ride, can I ride it again next year?"

A few of the notes talked specifically about camp chapel times. "The chapels were the best part of camp." And, "I really liked the things we talked about."

Each note filled me with gratitude for many reasons:

  1. Every camper had a great experience.
  2. The generosity of people giving to Kids 2 Camp scholarships makes this possible.
  3. The Warm Beach staff and volunteers did a fantastic job meeting each kid right where they were.
  4. The kids hope they can return.
  5. Several kids grew in their connection with God.

I am so grateful for an entire ministry that bends itself for the well-being of kids, giving them a chance to be loved and connect with God. I am also grateful the kids took time to say thank you.

For all who helped, and will help, make camp possible for kids - THANK YOU.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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The ministry of Warm Beach Camp takes on many forms. The most publicly visible aspects of the ministry are programs we plan and sponsor, such as Special Friends Camps for adults with disabilities, Horsemanship Camps, and The Lights of Christmas Festival. Yet, the majority of guests who come to Warm Beach Camp attend year-round events produced by nearly 300 different church, school, or non-profit groups that rent our facilities.

These guest groups are our partners in ministry. Each group’s event, in their unique way, is designed to change lives and transform communities.

Earlier this year, we heard from a group who specifically focuses on ministry to the Japanese community in the Puget Sound Region. JEMS (Japanese Evangelical Mission Society) has been holding annual family camps at Warm Beach Camp for decades. Their PNW Director, Carolyn Shimabukuro, shared the following in her newsletter:

How wonderful it is to open an email and read, “I have great news from the JEMS Warm Beach Camp (Aug. 2016)... a Japanese guy... received Christ on December 31. PTL! He has joined our men’s Bible study and will come to our church.” The seeds of the gospel were planted at Warm Beach and with four months of watering through prayers, friendship, and additional partnerships with conferences and churches, this young man received Christ. One by one people are coming into an authentic relationship of faith in Jesus Christ. God uses all of us as a wonderful Body of Christ – and we can all praise Him for being the One who makes all things grow.

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:7

Warm Beach Camp provides Christ-centered hospitality in partnership with groups like JEMS and God uses this to invite people into relationship with Himself. While much of the daily tasks for Warm Beach Camp’s staff are cleaning, cooking, office work, maintenance, and grounds keeping, etc. we are encouraged how God weaves together the work of many to accomplish His purposes on Earth. This is our way of, “keeping the path clear to the cross” and it is this hope which sustains us. God is at work. Life changes here.

Patrick Patterson, General Manager/C.O.O.
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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At the heart of a camp or retreat experience at Warm Beach Camp is one thing: An invitation to a relationship with Jesus Christ.

In our world today, we are dealing with all kinds of problems and proposed solutions. We see the realities of this show up at camp all the time. Jesus offers a clear response — it is surprisingly simple, and yet life changing. Jesus invites us into relationship.

Warm Beach Camp is all about inviting people into relationship. The people, experiences, and programs are all built around healthy relationships that communicate love and acceptance. Forgiveness is lived out daily. Grace is extended. Community values are practiced for the benefit and encouragement of everyone.

There is a simple truth — healthy relationships are the basis for a healthy world. God made us this way. There is one relationship that brings it all together and allows life to work... a relationships with Jesus Christ.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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KoreaTeam2017The Church in South Korea is inspiring. With a fraction of the population of America, it is the second largest missionary-sending country in the world, just behind the U.S.! Korean Christians are some of the most passionate of any in the world.

Nevertheless, only 30% of Koreans express faith in Christ. Korean Christians are working hard to reach their fellow citizens. One of the effective means of reaching Koreans with the Gospel is through English language learning.

Myungsun Presbyterian Church, just outside of Seoul, has an extensive outreach through English ministry. The key to their success is an annual summer English Camp in South Korea and a Summer American Immersion experience here in the Pacific Northwest. Warm Beach Camp partners with Myungsun to send a team of 10-20 American youth and adults to South Korea to work with them in ministry. And each summer, 30 Korean young people attend a week of Warm Beach summer camp as part of their American cultural experience. 

This year, a twelve-person Warm Beach Camp Korea ministry team served in South Korea August 1-15, 2017. They were joined by 20 Korean young people who rapidly immersed the team in Korean culture building effective teamwork. Once oriented, the team joined the Korean hosts in ministry to the homeless, holding the English day camp at a local church and a week-long English Camp. The experience is truly a ministry immersion with our Korean hosts.

English Camp combines English language learning with camp-style games, crafts, music, and sports. Along with ministry to elementary-age campers, Korean and American High School students enter a leadership track where they will assist with the camp and spend time in biblical leadership studies led by the U.S. Team Pastor.

The Lord always reaches deeply into the hearts of His people as we go and engage in the work to which He calls us. Saying “Yes” to Jesus when He calls us to go is the first step in a journey of transformation.

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Faith and JamesOn July 9th Faith and James Oates and their kids pulled into Warm Beach Camp. Faith is Warm Beach Camp’s new Volunteer Coordinator, and James is the new Assistant Plant Manager.

Faith grew up in Christian camping at Oak Glen Christian Conference Center in Southern California. The Oates family moved to Warm Beach Camp from Glorieta Camp 2.0 in New Mexico where Faith was the Front of the House Food Service Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, and James was the Facilities Director.

Faith and James have five children: Zach, Grace, Hope, Grady, and Wesley. The Oates family is fitting right in at Warm Beach and we are excited to have them as a part the Camp Family!

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Erica Graf 150pxErica Graf served on the staff at Warm Beach Camp in 1989-1991. She was an emerging leader at that time. Now she serves as Early Childhood and Events Coordinator at Cascade Community Church. Recently, she came to Warm Beach Camp for a weekend of R&R and shared this story of life change.

Often as we minister, we plant seeds of God's love and the Gospel. Rarely, do we get to see the result of a long germination period...

One week, during a summer I spent as a horsemanship camp counselor at Warm Beach Camp, I had a precocious camper arrive who promptly pulled me aside to share that, while she understood this was a "religious" camp and there would be "religious" teachings, she did not come from that kind of background. She was polite and respectful, but wanted me to know I should not expect her to be swayed by what was shared–she was just there for the horses. I thanked her for being so upfront and assured her no one would attempt to coerce her into any kind of belief system. During the week, while she did have many questions during our Bible study times and following chapel services, I genuinely believed that as an intelligent girl, she was merely curious and wanted to understand what was being spoken. She gave no indication of having been spiritually impacted in any way by what was taught. At the end of the week, we parted happily–and she was still very firmly "non-religious." As the summer wore on, I mostly forgot about the experience.

A few years after that summer, I received a letter from this camper via my parents. In the letter she relayed to me that, now in high school, she had accepted a friend's invitation to accompany her to youth group. She enjoyed herself and began attending regularly. As she began to listen to the messages of the Gospel being shared, she was flooded with memories of her experience at Warm Beach those few years ago, and all the things that had been shared about God, the Gospel, and having a relationship with Jesus Christ. It all began to make sense to her and to reach her heart. She eventually prayed to receive Jesus and was now in a growing relationship with Him. She was writing to thank me for being the first person in her life to share the Gospel with her and patiently (but not forcefully) answer her questions. She was so grateful for how we had begun, even then, to point her toward Jesus.

Besides being thrilled with the news that she is now a believer, I was humbly reminded that many times we aren't aware of the impact we are having as we minister to others. Even when it looks like we're not making any inroads, the Spirit is at work and the Word is not void. Seeds planted germinate at different times. God's timing is perfect.

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