March Prayer Letter

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,

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