When God’s Answer is, “No”
One night in the late 1860‟s, little Amy Carmichael sincerely prayed that God would give her blue eyes. As she eagerly looked in the mirror the next morning she was very disappointed to discover that she still had brown eyes. She realized it wasn't that He didn't hear or answer her, it was that His answer was, “No”. Years later as she disguised herself to sneak into the Hindu temples in India she finally had the reason why God had said no; blue eyes would have ruined her disguise and prevented her from saving many children and young women from a life of slavery to the priests and Hindu gods.
We all enjoyed „Missions with Miss Aubree‟ this summer as she told Amy‟s amazing life story and how the work she founded, Dohnavur Fellowship, is still rescuing children and young women today. As with Amy, maybe it will be years before we fully realize why God said, “No” to our pleas for more counselors this summer. Aubree and I became the counselors for the girls and Bob and Mr. Chris for the boys. Yet because Aubree had just shared Amy‟s story with the staff, we were encouraged to trust God and step into those roles looking forward to what He was going to do.
God sightings—God at work
- Despite our small staff, we really had a good summer of ministry and we are praising God for how well the staff supported each other and stepped-up in various ways. Since we didn't‟t have staff and applicants to run the teen base camp, Titus turned his focus to directing the camp program and connecting with our 5 teen staff in the evenings.
- Each week we were blessed with clear and powerful Bible teaching and the campers were attentive.
- Scholarships work to give
young people a life-changing opportunity as this quote from one camper testifies, “We don‟t have the money... Then God kept saying go they [camp] will be happy to help...this week helped my relationship with God to grow.” We are so thankful for those who give to our scholarship fund!
- We saw again how camp is a safe haven and even family for some— Just watching us serve together at camp as a couple and family is huge to some kids.
New at camp:
- Improvements made to our free play area were a big hit—campers‟ faces lit up as they realized the whole area is theirs to simply use their imagination in. There were dragons to be fought, a campsite shelter built, a much loved and chased resident gorilla...super fun to relax and just be kids.
- We also added an air rifle range to our property and programming this year and Mr. Dave is now NRA instructor certified. This is a good introduction to gun safety and marksmanship and we can expand the range in the future.
- Also impressive and a great addition is the earthen oven that the Pioneer Boys built in their campsite.
Thank you for your partnership in this ministry! Gratefully In Christ,
- Bob & Sharon Emmett
Praise & Prayer Requests:
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of our campers and reveal Christ to them and for those who came to know Jesus to grow and stand fast in their faith
- Pray for wisdom as we seek to continue to build relationships with our campers year round
- For God‟s provision and direction for camp that we would better serve our surrounding communities and local churches
- For Travis and Bonnie as they begin their marriage, finish their schooling, serve at Camp Sankanac, and begin building a prayer and support team for their ministry at camp.
- For better emotional health for Bob
Travis & Bonnie Emmett! August 18, 2018
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Upcoming events at camp:
Sept 22 Church picnics
Sept 29th Family Fun Day 1-4pm
Oct 5-8 NYS DEC Trapper’s Ed Camp Oct 12-13 FBC Parishville Teen Retreat Oct Hunter/ Bow Hunter Ed courses
Greetings to our fellow laborers in Christ!
We are grateful for all God is doing and for your faithful partnership in the ministry here at Mandaville and in our surrounding community.
Our fall and winter programming went well and we are excited about how God has worked in answer to your prayers! At our fall Family Fun Day, we had the most people on the camp property ever! It was great to be able to offer our neighboring communities a fun FREE outing for their families to enjoy together. The other events we hosted were also meaningful, and God continues to help us build good relationships as we serve these groups with excellence. We are thankful for the volunteers God provided for many of our events and the endurance He gave when we were spread thin! Several people have helped with cutting wood, a heating system, cooking, dishes, and counseling. Their enthusiasm for what God is doing at camp is a great encouragement.
Thank you also for praying for our family. Trevor’s business continues to grow, and he is gaining a good reputation. It is so fun to watch him and Becca parent as they are doing an excellent job with Emmalynne and Mason! Travis and Bonnie (Jackson) are now engaged and will be married Aug 18th at Camp Sankanac, PA, where Travis has been and will con- tinue serving. They will also both continue their studies and hope to finish in Dec. Titus and Aubree settled into life at Clarks Summit University quite easily and are really enjoying the studies and discipleship environment there.
As Bob headed out the door the other day, I was again reminded of all the ‘hats’ he wears. In the midst of all the Snow Bowl (winter camp) programming, counseling, and teaching, there are two hats, ‘camp promotion’ and ‘staff recruitment’ that are ever present and important. Recently, while gathering information and clips for a staff video, we have been encouraged and challenged once again by the incredible power of camp. Here are two examples of what we have been hearing—
Thoughts from a camper:
What has camp meant for you? “It’s like a safe haven for me.”
What are some of the things that have connected you to some of the counselors you’ve had here? “Most of them are younger, (glances at Bob) not saying…well… someone like Mr. Bob or something, that’s always energetic, that’s fit, that can keep up with us. Or if we do something they don’t get too angry with us…just like a big kid.”
What do you hope for in your future at camp? “…I just wanna live here…I don’t wanna leave.” Do you want to be a counselor some day? “Oh, yea!”
Thoughts from a counselor:
“What I didn’t know at the time was that working at Camp Mandaville was going to be one of the most enriching, powerful experiences of my life. During that summer I grew in my faith, I had an incredible time, I met amazing brothers and sisters in Christ and campers, and most importantly I helped point people to who Jesus is…God began to show me that He was calling me to ministry and it was during those experiences that He was shaping me to be more of the disciple of Christ that I am today.”
Please be in prayer as we seek to recruit our summer staff. We need a program director, male and female counselors, a head cook and kitchen staff, and weekly Bible teachers.
Please also pray for God’s direction and provision as we develop our Base Camp ministry which is a more intense discipleship program for 14-17-year-olds. We need strong partnerships with our local churches while seeking young people who desire a deepening Biblical basis for their faith. We are also looking to the Lord to raise funds to build a cabin for the boy participants. This will include a large screened-in porch for the entire group to meet and study. The estimated cost for this facility is $10,000. If you are led to give toward this project, please use Mandaville’s Capital Projects account #13986 using the BCM Int’l addresses on the front of this letter.
Partnering Together In Christ,
#1 Saturday, March 31st 9-Noon
‘From Creation to the Trapper Shed’ – a look at the whys, how-to’s, and where to’s of fur trapping with a local resident trapper, Scott Jandreau from N. Lawrence.
#2 Saturday, April 28th 9-Noon
‘Amphibians Alive’, a vernal pool discovery with Joel Danko, a naturalist from Nicandri Nature Center, Massena.
#3 Saturday, May 19th 9-Noon
‘Spring Awakening in the Forest’, a nature discovery walk identifying spring wildflowers and edible plants, tree identification, and migratory birds, with a local forester, Henry Keller.
There is no cost to these events, however, pre-registration by contacting the camp is strongly recommended. Participants will meet at Hemlock Lodge at 9:00 am. Please dress appropriately for the woods and weather. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Mandaville Camp & Retreat Center is located at 165 Sheldon Rd, Winthrop, NY 13697. Twelve miles east of Potsdam, 2 miles west of Hopkinton, off of State Route 11B.
Contact: Bob Emmett, 328-4581, firstname.lastname@example.org mandaville.org
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