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It was a dark and stormy night....

Holly Friesen on July 2, 2011

Camp didn't turn out exactly as expected this year – but we can be sure that God was not taken by surprise and trust that He will work in hearts as a result of the short time we had with the kids. I headed out to our campsite last Friday and got in on some of the final preparations for the arrival of the campers Saturday morning. Decorating the camp siteDecorating the camp siteKids ArrivingKids ArrivingSaturday was a beautiful day and camp got off to a great start.opening sessionopening session

Amazing what they produced from this kitchen!Amazing what they produced from this kitchen!cooks helperscooks helperschow linechow lineFun at the beachFun at the beachRain during the night Saturday night made for a damp & chilly Sunday morning, but with the help of a bonfire we were able to dry out some and get warmed back up. We were able to have Bible time, craft time and some games – but around lunch time it started raining again and rained steadily all afternoon. drying out clothes by the firedrying out clothes by the fireWe kept busy with games, singing, etc. in the tents but by supper time we were all quite chilly and damp and the rain kept coming. My feet were so cold!!!!My feet were so cold!!!!There was more stormy weather predicted for the night and several more days of cool temps and rain. There was water leaking into all the tents – some more than others; and when the wind picked up and blew down some tree branches not far from our camp site our director decided it was time to evacuate. A few of the more sturdy of heart stayed behind and weathered the storm and finished packing up the campsite on Monday. Due to the cost of getting the kids out there and back and the continued prediction of bad weather we were unable to return and finish out the week. We were especially saddened by the fact that the boys from the boys home that we minister to on a regular basis were planning to join us on Tuesday and spend several days at camp. Even though it was disappointing, we know that God has a purpose in every event and bend in the road.

I did enjoy the time that I was able to spend at camp and the chance to make new friends and deepen relationships. And…the fun did not end there. One of the families at camp came from up north and planned to take the train home the last day of camp. When we evacuated camp they did not have a place to go, so I took them in. But- that is a story for another post…