Flourishing and Abundance

Abundance from God has a surprising connection with our confession and acknowledgement of our own brokenness and limitations. I have found enormous freedom and confidence by recognizing God is coursing through my life, and increasingly living His will through me. The challenge is to lean into the growth God is putting before me. By leaning into God, I experience flourishing.  Warm Beach Camp Ministries stands in the abundant provision of God. It is daily. It is beyond what we could see or ...

Grateful for Our Faithful Volunteers

I have worked at Warm Beach Camp for many years. Only recently did I begin working with volunteers in a broader context while serving as the Interim Volunteer Coordinator. What an encouragement to all the staff to see how faithfully the volunteers want to serve. Several volunteers help us for many hours each week. So much of what they do is critical to the ministry. During The Lights of Christmas, we have volunteers that fall into the age category of “the golden years” ...

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 ...

Is it Better to give or receive?

Photo by @benwhitephotography on Unsplash Growing up I looked forward to receiving Christmas gifts. As I got older, I found the joy in giving gifts to be more rewarding than receiving them. To answer the question, “Is it better to give or receive?” one must look at the context of the situation.  Shortly after arriving at Warm Beach Camp 29 years ago, I had an interesting conversation with Rod Brown who was on the leadership team. At the time, Rod was part of a men’s discipleship group with Pastor ...

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 ...

Power to Please God

Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:12-13 NLT The power to please is something most people value. We appreciate it when someone does something to encourage or bring ...

Not just a Camp, a Sanctuary

Project Sanctuary believes when one person serves the whole family serves. We take a human-centered, solution-based approach to helping military families heal and move forward in life. Through innovative long-term programming focused on connectedness, we restore hope and empower families to recover and thrive. Warm Beach Camp helps us create an environment conducive to healing. With beautiful surroundings and loving staff, the families on our retreats can relax and let down all the walls they have built up. The scenery ...

Just like the Father 

Photo by Ron Lach from Pexels You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.  Luke 6:36 NLT  https://bible.com/bible/116/luk.6.36.NLT  “You are just like your father” or “You are just like your mother” are phrases describing similarities for the better or worse with those who have raised us.    When Jesus says “ just as your Father in Heaven is, so we should be” it is a big statement to receive.  As a Father of 9 children, I know that my contribution to their lives is mixed, because I have done some really good things while also ...

The Lights of Christmas: A Community Event

Our community is a huge part of who we are as The Lights of Christmas. Our staff and volunteers help put the event together, local businesses help with promotion, donors support the big picture, and the people attend the event with their friends and family. Over the last year, we worked to create bigger and brighter displays and I am excited for what we are accomplishing together. Volunteers were here all summer working on new displays like Icicle Falls, The ...

The Lord Will Help You

The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. Exodus 14:14 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/exo.14.14.NLT “Slow down and let me help you with that.” Many a person has said something like this to a friend, family member, or co-worker. A person is getting worked up over something. Anxiety, fear, or a legitimate concern is creating stress. Often times, someone else can see a way to help. The first challenge is providing help is simply bringing a sense of calm to the ...
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Oasis Around the Campfire

For a few days we get to be together this summer. It will be a time of Oasis. Family and friends connecting after a long time apart. Its time. I am excited to be with you. I sure hope you can come. Our gathering will be filled with fresh simplicity and a relaxed space. Enjoy the pool, hike some trails, take in mini golf, disc golf, ride your bike, kids concert on the lawn, and make some incredible memories. Bring ...

More Than I Could Ask For

I volunteer with Warm Beach Camp Horsemanship. 2020 was my first year with the program, and it was remarkable! At first, I was a little bit wary of connecting with another group of horsewomen, as I had "PTSD" of sorts from my experiences at stables with other strong horsewomen. I felt God tugging at my elbow though, so I went through the volunteer registration process and set a date to meet Ginger at the Warm Beach Camp stables. Ginger and ...

Oasis Family Camp 2021 – What You Need to Know

I am so excited Warm Beach Camp is able to offer Oasis Family Camp this year! It will be Wednesday, July 28-Sunday, Aug. 1 and it's going to have a new look and feel this year. The focus is on connecting and having fun together as a family. Your family can connect with God through worship, devotions, hospitality, fellowship, and creation, and with each other through fun activities and time spent together! Due to COVID related restrictions, we will not ...

Childlike Community

My daughter, Israel-- also called Izzy, is known as the wispy curly-haired girl with the vocabulary of a thirty-year-old rather than a 3-year-old. Her favorite phrases are, “I’m just feeling frustrated” or “Mommy, I need some space.” Let me tell you, she used those phrases a lot being stuck in the house without her friends during the pandemic. Izzy loves to socialize; she is what you would call a social butterfly and she has a butterfly rain jacket to prove ...

Planting – Because God First Loved Us

From Tim Marshall on Unsplash When somebody shows love to us first, there is a natural and healthy desire to do or say something nice in response to the expression of love.  We want to give love in return.  Often, we may even ask a simple question: Is there something I can do for you?  When we consider God, we know that He has shown us love before anyone else.  It creates a wonderful opportunity for us to consider what ...

Welcome Dwight Vlach, New Volunteer Coordinator

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Dwight, our new Volunteer Coordinator! Many of you will recognize Dwight who also serves as our Accommodations Manager. Dwight and his wife, Cheryl, joined Warm Beach Camp thirty-four years ago in 1987 and had three children while on staff; Jonathan, Joshua & Janie. They have recently welcomed daughters-in-law, Trisha and Tasha, and are grateful to see all of their children established and doing well as young adults.  When asked “What do you love about working at Warm Beach Camp?” Dwight answered “I am ...

Gratitude

Photo by Courtney Hedger on Unsplash I am grateful for...  God. He has been showing His faithfulness and drawing me closer to Him.  The generosity of others. People have been supporting the ministry with a level of generosity that is so encouraging through this time. Thank you!  The Lights of Christmas: “A Drive-Thru Christmas” in 2020. It has brought encouragement to so many. It is quite likely that more people have come this year than ever before. Wow! It has brought provision to Warm Beach Camp ...

The Hope That Christmas Brings

Despite the COVID pandemic The Lights of Christmas presents: “A Drive-Thru Christmas” is shaping up to be one of the most successful Christmas seasons Warm Beach Camp has ever seen. Tickets are selling out, donuts are flying off the shelves, and the retail tent is running to keep up with the demand. One Saturday night a volunteer named Ron was helping a guest at the end of the event. A man in his 60s pulled in and began asking Ron ...

All I See Is God’s Faithfulness

Photo by Brittani Burns on Unsplash Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:23 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/lam.3.23.NLT This morning was a beautiful time with God. He met with me in the early morning hours around a warming fire and a cup of dark roast coffee. In prayer and reflection, God showed me His faithfulness in my life. He led me to a view point where all I see is His faithfulness. To be sure, there is much ...