All posts by Patrick ~ Director/Youth Leader

A New Beginning

As I lay here and reflect on our first day with these boys, I am amazed at how God works all things together for good. Every year a new group of boys join us and every year God begins a new work in each of their lives.

Tonight the boys kicked off their week on the climbing wall. Each of them challenged themselves to go further than they thought possible. Some were challenged to get to the top while others pushed themselves out of their comfort zones and simply put on a harness and set a goal to get a few feet off the ground. Either way, they all celebrated together at the end for the many accomplishments. During our reflection time, the boys gave affirmations about each other for encouragement while they were on the wall or for determination to meet a goal they set for themselves. It was truly a “coming together” event for this group!

Later we cooled off in the lake and closed the night around the camp fire with an introduction to their bibles.

We sat around the fire tonight and I asked the boys how they felt before they arrived today to leave for summer camp. All of them responded by saying they were anxious and worried because they didn’t know what to expect. One of them was honest enough to say he was worried about being accepted by the group. One of our  junior leaders, Quinntin was quick to respond, “this is a non-judgmental zone, we accept everyone just how they are.” Was an amazing response! I then asked the boys about their first day and how they felt. The overwhelming response was that they were happy to be here and excited for what tomorrow will bring. As we sat around the fire I looked around and watched as the boys were talking with their new friends…some were laughing while others were listening intently learning about each other’s lives back home.

I am now ready for bed and across the room I still see one flashlight on. A boy and his bible. A new beginning.



We made it! And their off…

The girls made it to the  manistee River Trail and are currently on day two which is the longest leg of the trip.   Yesterday was a roller coaster of emotion as the girls embarked on a journey not many can say they have taken.   The hills are high, the trail is long, and the packs are heavy. But the girls accomplished the task at hand! They completed the first leg and we’re excited to arrive at our first campsite where they sent camp. After setting camp the girls collected firewood and set up in their cook Groups  to make a yummy spaghetti dinner. Some of the girls venture down to the river to put their feet in while others relaxed around the fire. The campsite was filled with giggles and smiles as the girls reflected on the first part of their hike.

Today the girls will hike to the waterfall site which is filled with more than one waterfall and an amazing swimming area. This is usually our toughest day so we ask for prayer and strength for the girls. We do not have good connection to the Internet so please be patient as we try to post as much as we can.  We cannot currently upload pictures to this blog so please watch our Facebook for pictures and videos. Continue to share comment and encourage these girls as we will be reading them their blog posts tonight.

We Made It!

This is a quick post to let you know we made it!  We’ll make another post tomorrow with more detail of the days activities.

We arrived safely at Cran-Hill and kicked off the week with rules and expectations. Each of the girls were given a journal and some directions followed by an introduction of their new bibles.  Each of the girls has been challenged to begin identifying their personal goal to be worked on this week and then over the next 12 months when they get home from camp. We spent the evening at the climbing wall where the girls challenged and push themselves out of their comfort zones. The girls came together as a team and encouraged and supported each other.

Please pray the girls come together as a team and their individual barriers come down so they can grow this week.

We have terrible internet connection and could not do our Facebook live today. We also cannot upload photos here right now for some reason. Maybe tomorrow. But we are able and will post photos to the Facebook page. Please pray our internet connection improves so we can give you more updates throughout the week.

Thanks for all the prayers this week! We will need them!

Rules & Expectations

Bible Journaling with Taylor

Climbing Wall