What happens when you have 60 campers aged 7 to 9 running around Camp Pagweak for three and a half days? Well let me tell you - all kinds of wonderful things! When I look out upon the grounds and see our staff giving piggy back rides, running, laughing and just having a great time it certainly makes you know that God’s hand is touching hearts.
This week Leah Hobbs and her family came from Springhill Baptist Church and shared all about the great things of Jesus. Leah was led to use a nautical theme which is very appropriate for the placing of our Camp. Leah shared about how Jesus can calm the storms in our lives and that He is always there with us as He was with the disciples in the boat. She also shared about how He is the Lighthouse that we need to guide us and to bring us safe to shore in regards to our salvation.
As in past weeks we had a visitor and this time it was YoYo the clown from the Parrsboro area. YoYo stayed with us the whole day and at the end of the day shared with the campers how it is Jesus who changes our lives. She demonstrated this by showing how a simple balloon can change its shape and be made into something different.
On Thursday we had a very heavy rain storm come and bless our Camp. As the rain began to fall during our lunch, the staff and campers one by one ventured outside and God gave us His own version of a ‘slip and slide’. By all accounts it was for the campers but also for the staff one of the best days of the summer! I will try and get Daniel to upload the video of this on our Facebook page in short time so you can see the fun they had.
We are in a stretch now of our three biggest camps of the summer. This past week we had 60 and starting this Sunday we will have 70 Campers and our last camp of the summer is looking at well over 60 again. This would not happen if it were not for people who understand the value of this great mission right here in our backyards. Lives are being changed because of how the Spirit is moving. Where else would there be so many new citizens to the Kingdom of God? Oh did I fail to mention 24 young hearts accepted Jesus Christ as Savior this past week with at least 2 rededications!!!!!!
Philippians 4:8 says this; ‘And now , dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable, think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.’ It is my prayer that we fix our minds on the things and places that God is leading us to and that we will praise Him for all that He is doing, in our lives and in the lives of these children that He sends to us.
P.S. A footnote to last week (Challenge Week) we were also blessed as Randy Stanton and his wife Heather came to visit us and bring a blessing from Canadian Baptist Ministries. Everyone enjoyed having them with us!
Please be in prayer for all of us this week as this camp will be the biggest ever at Pagweak. Many of the campers this coming week are returning from previous years so certainly prayer for salvation but also pray that many will have a desire in their hearts to go deeper with Jesus! Pray for our staff to continue to have the energy that they show each week they are certainly a blessing.
Well what a week at Camp Pagweak!! This is my third year as Camp Director and I certainly can say it was the best week I have ever experienced! I cannot say enough about all of our Staff. The love, care and compassion that each of them shared with the campers and working together as a team with a focus, was truly amazing. With over 45 campers here this week we saw God do great things in our presence.
Pastor Eric MacKinnon from the Brookfield Baptist Church was our Spiritual Director. He and his wife Pauline came and interacted with the Campers and the Staff. Eric’s great messages from the gospels challenged the campers to experience just who Jesus is. On Monday evening God used Eric to challenge the campers to seek who Jesus is in their own lives. That evening 13 new souls came in the Kingdom and 3 other rededicated their lives to Christ. Two other campers accepted Jesus later in the week as their Lord and Savior. Eric also had a great devotional time with us as staff taking us through the “I Am’s” of Jesus. He also took time to have evening devotionals with the male volunteer staff. Eric and Pauline also got wet this week at our Mission Soaker time, they certainly are great sports!
The title of our Camp this week, Challenge, led to the boys and the girls to face off in challenges all week. I asked the Campers this morning what challenged them and the list of things was amazing. One young lady said that paddling the Kayak was a challenge because her arms got tired and that working together was hard but when she and her partner did, the kayak worked so much better. Another Camper shared about how it was hard to get people through our new “Spider Web” without touching the wire and how team work was so important. I get excited and happy as I see children going off to archery, riding bikes up and down the lane or getting ready to go swimming. God has given us such a great place to do all these wonderful things and experience his abundance.
This week we were also blessed to have Gerald and Annette McCaffery of Brooks, Alberta with us, performing their magic. Annette also sang for us and Gerald closed the presentation sharing how the blood of Christ cleanses us from our sin and washes us clean again. As they sat down with me after the performance, they both shared with me how engaging our staff was and that they were one of the best groups of young people they had ever encountered during many years of Camping Ministry.
Please be in prayer that God will continue to move and work here this summer. It is hard to believe that we only have three more weeks of camp left and three more opportunities to share the love of Jesus with children. We also need your prayers as we will have the three largest camps of the summer. We are expecting about 180 more campers in the next three weeks.
I want to share this final story with you from this past week. Every summer there are campers that God shows His transforming work in. This week there was a young boy who, right from the first night, he wanted to go home. For two nights in a row he called his Grandmother and pleaded to come home. He cried and pouted but his Grandmother would not let him come home. I made a deal with him if he were to stay he could call home every night. On Tuesday I waited for him to come in but he did not show up in my office. Wednesday this same young boy approached me just after supper asking if we could talk. He told me that he had taken time to pray to God and asked Him if he should come to camp next week to be a volunteer. I was amazed! as you might guess I had to ask him to repeat himself! That evening in chapel, he was up singing and dancing and praising the Lord! What a transformation! God spoke through the prophet Ezekiel saying, “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” Please pray that God will continue to pour out His transformational power on campers and staff alike. Oh yes, that young boy is coming next week to volunteer!
In His Service
p.s. There are some great photos this year posted to the Camp Website - www.pagweak.org or the Camp Pagweak Facebook page. This past weekend we were fortunate to have some aerial photos taken and they are well done! Thank you to George Kharma for taking the time to do this for us! I'll try to attach one to this email.
Also, we still have approx 12 children on a sponsorship list waiting to get that call that they can come to camp - please consider sponsorship - you will be blessed and you will be making a difference in a child's life as lives are being changed right here at Camp Pagweak!
We are thrilled with the beautiful weather we had all week, which was especially suitable for this week’s theme: Amazing, Athletic, Awesome (A.A.A). The week was non-stop fun and action. An evening swim in the ocean, or a late-night shower was necessary from all the dirt and sweat, as a result of a full day of high energy sports!
The campers and staff were divided into three teams that competed for the winning title through a variety of sports and activities. Some of the activities included throughout the week included: soccer, baseball, ultimate Frisbee, mountain biking, basketball, and Kayaking. This week also saw campers conquering the rock wall and flying down the slip ‘n slide earning valuable points for their teams. The week ended with our annual amazing race, which lived up to its name. For nearly two hours campers raced around the entire campground, while navigating through dozens of intense obstacles. It was a joy to watch the success and excitement amongst the campers in what was no doubt our most successful race ever! The points from the week were tallied and the Golden Squad came out the winners! Congratulations to the Squad and all the competitors who gave the week their all. You should all be proud.
We were happy to have Ben Grosvenor as our spiritual director. He engaged the campers and created a space for them to experience God’s word and its part in our lives. One night he encouraged the campers to tape their sins to the cross demonstrating that when Jesus gave His life, He took away our sins so that we could be reconciled to our Heavenly Father. Ben also uncovered our staff’s hidden acting talents by having them act out a variety of Bible stories. Every night, the campers learned the importance of committing Bible verses to memory, so we can call on them in need. Ben also had them split off in their teams to create actions and songs to help memorize the verses. Because it was Triple ‘A’ Camp we judged them for points. While the campers and staff had fun giving the judges a hard time, everyone went away knowing more of God’s Word, and His love for the world. Thank you Ben for coming this week!
There was party in heaven this week as one of our campers came to Christ. She realized that God loves her exactly for who she is, and she will now live in eternity, in the presence of her Heavenly Father. It was special to see her joy radiate to everyone she shared her good news with.
Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who made this week a success! You all worked hard and reflected the love of Christ to all the campers in attendance. A special Thank you to every single camper, for all your enthusiasm you displayed this week! Finally, Thank you God for all the blessings You have poured out on this camp!
We renamed the Teen Camp this year and it certainly lived up to its new name! We started the week with 44 Teens excited about being at Camp Pagweak. There was lots of energy as well as time for just chilling. We tried to provide a fun, but relaxed week for these teens and I think that we were successful.
We were excited to have Pastor Micah Linkletter from Immanuel Baptist in Truro. Micah brought with him two former counsellors, Vienna Hamilton and Ashley Frizzell; their work and encouragement was appreciated. Micah brought some very “REAL” teaching with him and challenged us about what REAL life, the REAL God, the REAL me, what REAL pain can do and finally what REAL faith is all about. These lessons, along with Micha’s great devotionals to staff from Eph. 4 about unity and the importance of unity as to how the staff functions, were really timely.
Of course campfires here at Camp are very important and this week was no exception. On Thursday evening Micah had a Q and A session around the campfire where the campers and staff asked hard questions about REAL life in today’s world. Another highlight was having Matt Wheaton come and visit from Crandall University to share with the Campers about the advantages of a University education based on Christian principles. Matt hung around on Friday to be soaked with our famous Mission Soakers. Thanks Matt for your support.
On Friday we were also blessed as one of our campers who has been coming here for a few years now went through the waters of baptism. Her family came to support her and were so happy to see this young lady following in the example of Jesus. As always this serves as a great witness not only to families but as well to all our staff and the campers themselves.
Again this week our newly strengthened rockwall was a hit where the campers raced to climb to the top and ring the bell. Night games were also a hit with everyone as they looked for missionaries and of course the game of Mission Impossible in the dark is always a hit. One of the highlights this past week was an 8km kayak paddle. Seventeen paddlers set out from Pagweak, crossed the harbour and headed along the shore to the Provincial Park where Greg met them and we ate lunch together. The paddlers then made the return trek back to the Camp. There were a few lessons learned about the use of hats and sunscreen, but all in all the paddlers were challenged and excited that they met that challenge. This is something that I am sure they will talk about a lot this summer and in the years to come.
What happens when 48 seven to nine year olds invade Camp Pagweak for a week? It certainly turns into an Adventure Land! We had a great week here at camp where the kids ran, skipped and ventured to try new things with great success. To quote the words of our Assistant Director Melanie Falconer, ‘They were SO cute’! There were so many wonderful smiles, laughter and great moments with wonderful memories.
Andy and Wanda Cox of Milford were our spiritual directors and, along with five of their six children, came and shared about what it meant to be family. More importantly, how God adopts us into His family through Jesus Christ. Their youngest, Angel, shared with me that her and her brother Lawrence now had a ‘Forever Mom and Dad’ as Andy and Wanda have recently legally adopted them. The family shared with us how God wants to adopt each one of us as well so that we too will have a ‘Forever Father’ through Jesus Christ. All in all 14 new souls were added to the kingdom this past week! God is so good and He loves it when His family grows!
In Matthew 19:13-15 Jesus says this, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are like these children.’ And He placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.’ Think about this as Jesus blessed these children He met and how he desires to bless these new citizens of heaven! Please pray for them as they have returned home that they will be led into greater realization of who they now are in Jesus Christ and what He has done for them and for us.
I just want to say that our volunteers this past week were so good and I really appreciate the work that they have done. To be a volunteer here means a devotion to keeping things clean and ready for the campers so that they can clearly feel the love of Christ through the Counsellors. Our camp is blessed with so many who are willing to work in this manner for the Lord!
Please keep us in prayer this week as we have 43 Teens on site. Last week was an Adventure this week will be Wild! Many of the staff here are of similar age, so pray that the campers will respect their position and they will be able to allow God to speak into their lives. We still have many openings in our camps throughout the summer so please encourage children in your neighborhood, family members and friends who have children to come to camp. We have a great desire to reach and touch as many lives as we can for Jesus.