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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Welcome to Repentance and Refreshment

Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord… Acts 3: 19-20 NLT  Have you ever experienced sincere regret or remorse about a wrong you have done? Have you ever had deep sorrow over a realization of how others were wronged by people you are connected with? Welcome to repentance. When we bring regret, remorse, and sorrow for things that ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mount Baker Cabins – The Value of Versatility

When it comes to facility rentals and lodging, nothing beats having options. The power to shape a space for your group's specific needs is something that Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center’s (WBC) Guest Services team prides themselves in providing. This value is on full display through the most popular facility on the grounds. The most rented lodging facility at WBC is the Mount Baker Cabins. These seven versatile, cute cabins are grouped together with their own parking lot and ...

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 ...