Adventure is out there! – Emmett Update

The life of a disciple, a follower of Jesus, is a life of adventure. This was our overall theme this summer. Our Bible teachers and staff did a wonderful job of explaining why and how one can join the great adventure and living that out before our campers.
Each week we added extra adventures into the program whether it was an off-site fishing or canoe trip, or exploring our 200+ acres on a treasure hunt. The program reinforced the Bible lessons of following and trusting Jesus.
Holding camp itself is always an adventure with many unknowns and surprises along the way. This translates into many opportunities to trust God and experience how He sup- plies as our Jehovah Jireh, The Lord Our Provider! The main way we saw Him work through your prayers is how others stepped in to serve. Whether teaching Bible, coun- seling, cooking, nursing, driving bus, mowing grass, or running a program activity; camp requires many hands and willing hearts to pull off. We are so thankful for all those who sacrificed and answered the call this summer. They all did an amazing job and camp wouldn’t happen without your prayers and their service. For us, it is most rewarding to see staff and campers grow in their relationship with Jesus and in confidence in who He made them to be. At camp there are so many opportunities to discover and build on right relationships, interests, and skills. Each staff member could give you a list of highlights like: two new campers encouraging a shy one to join pioneer week, Madison being pa- tient with a more distracted group member, William catching that elusive salamander, Christiana overcoming fears and trotting her horse on her own, Christopher choosing to stay overnight, campers and staff concerned about and voicing their desire to stay in God’s Word consistently after camp. We are humbled and grateful for how God worked in hearts and provided for camp this summer.

Adventure Awaits ~

Many of us up here near the Adirondack Mountains hike
and can visualize coming up to a bend in the trail. When it
takes a sharp turn you can’t see what awaits around the
corner. It may be, ugh—a steep incline, or a gradual dip, or
you may break out on top to a glorious view. Bob and I
have been adventuring with God and find ourselves ap-
proaching an unexpected bend in the trail. We are stepping
aside of our role as directors of Mandaville; unsure of what lies
around the corner. Thankfully God has designed us both with adventurous spirits. We are convinced that the One we are travelling with is our Jehovah Jireh. We are also con- fident that He has a plan and place for us to continue serving Him with the strengths and passions He has placed in us. Please pray for us over these next few months as God leads us around the bend and brings that plan into view and focus. By His grace we are open, available, and willing, but there are undoubtedly some rough spots ahead.

We still passionately believe in the work God is doing in and through the Mandaville Camp ministry. He has brought about many amazing opportunities and answers to prayer this past year, let alone over all 45 years of its existence! Our main concerns and desires at this point are for God to provide His chosen leadership team for

Mandaville, that there will be a strong, smooth transition for them, and that the North Country community will welcome, trust, and support them as they have so wonderfully done for our family.

Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash

Please take time with us to praise and thank God for:

  •  the work He did in hearts this summer
  • the many ways and people he worked through to provide for the needs of camp, for example, members of First Baptist Church, Canton donating much needed food and supplies ; and Knapp Station Comm. Church and Dickinson Center Baptist Church VBS for providing for a new commercial range for camp
  • those who obeyed and served here this summer
  • the 15 new families served this summer
  • those who have prayed for the Mandaville ministry for many years and how He has answered those prayers for finances, equipment, and people to serve
  • How He has consistently provided for our family through a faithful support team as we have walked this path together

Pray for:

  • prayer and financial supporters to continue to pray and give to Mandaville and our family support as God leads
  • God to raise up His chosen leadership team for Mandaville and provide faithful ministry partners for each individual and family
  • a strong and smooth transition to new leadership
  • the North Country pastors, churches and community would welcome, trust, and encourage new leadership and even increase their involvement with camp
  • our campers to grow in their faith and obedience in their daily lives
  • peace and a clear direction for our family

Quick notes on our family

We are so thankful to the Lord for His gracious working in the lives of our children. He has placed them in good working and learning environments. He also has provided them with relationships that help them grow spiritually.
Trevor, Becca, Emmalynne (3) and Mason (2) live in the North Country. They work hard at and enjoy parenting, Trevor’s electrician’s business, and Becca’s serving at a restaurant some evenings. They are enjoying their church family in Potsdam.
Travis and Bonnie just celebrated their 1st anniversary and are expecting twins soon!! Travis serves as a BCM missionary at Camp Sankanac in PA; where they live on site. Bonnie is working as an RN in a hospital.
Titus is serving a year long internship at Forest Springs Camp in WI, which will finish his degree in camping ministries come April.
Aubree is completing her last year of classes at Clarks Summit University in PA. She’ll have a few online courses, practicum hours, and an internship to complete her masters in counseling.

Thank you all for your faithful and vital partnership for this ministry and our family.

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Bob & Sharon Emmett ~ Mandaville Camp & Retreat Center~165 Sheldon Rd, Winthrop, NY 13697 Bob: 231-674-5619 BCM Int’l ~ 210 Granite Run Dr, Ste 260, Lancaster, PA 17601 ~, Camp acct. 80147, Emmett acct. 625

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