Dear Firs Family and Friends,
In a very short period of time we will (once again) be inundated with campers and summer staff members and programs and guest groups and all things that make up a busy summer of ministry at The Firs. On one hand, it is “business as usual” – what we expect and have gone through many times in the past. But on the other hand, it is brand new. It is the intersection of thousands of lives who have chosen to come to camp for a brief time this summer for a number of reasons. They will come in the context of their current and recent experiences. And, when they come they will connect with Firs people who will do their best to love and to serve each of them. Our intent is that each of them will encounter Jesus and experience the love of God as a result. There will be Bible Studies and speakers sharing from God’s Word. But, there will also be a clear communication of who Jesus is that is unspoken and unrehearsed.
Maybe this can be explained through the words of a young lady who recently attended a women’s program at the Retreat Center and wrote to share her experience. She said, “Have you ever been with people and come away feeling like you just encountered Jesus with skin on? That’s how it was with these new friends of mine (referencing three Firs ladies who ran the program) We laughed a lot. We talked of deeper heart things. We prayed. It was a time of refreshing as these ladies just exude the spirit of Christ. They reminded me why (this program) exists and that God is right here with me, every single moment.”
I’m not sure I can think of a better description of the relational impact that takes place at camp than conferees and campers encountering Jesus with skin on in the form of our counselors and leaders. That is how God uses us in this very unique ministry He has called us to do. Please be praying for each person at The Firs who will have that opportunity this summer.
Serving Him together,
POINTS FOR PRAYER – June 2018
1. Please keep praying for more needed counselors and other staff members. Right now we are being inundated with record pre-registrations at Fircreek and at this rate we will not be able to accommodate the numbers because we don’t have the staff.
2. Join us in praising God for the provision of a much needed cook here at the Retreat Center to assist our new Food Service Director – Doug Scherer. His name is Mike and he comes with many years of cooking experience. We think they are going to make a great team. But since they are both new – please keep praying for their first (very busy) summer of activity.
3. Pray for our maintenance/building crew: Bruce, Doug, Brian, Keith and Glenn – not only in their job to get our sites fully ready for the summer but in the completion of some pretty ambitious projects throughout the summer.
4. Pray for the overall health of our staff. We have a good number of medical issues that a good number of us are dealing with or recovering from. These things can have the tendency to slow things down and during a time when everything is speeding up heading towards the summer that can be problematic.
5. During the first week of July we will be going through a safety review that will center on all rules and procedures surrounding our waterfronts at both Firwood and Fircreek. This is being outsourced with a firm from Colorado and led by a very qualified expert in the field. It is purposely taking place when we are in full operation. Please be praying that we will have good outcomes from this exercise that will increase our degree of safety at these important camp locations.
6. Your continued prayers are requested for an appropriate tenant to occupy one or more of our buildings on the south side of Cable St. with the vacancy created with the leaving of the Discovery School. We want someone compatible to our programs there and to our ministry. At the same time, pray that God will give us wisdom in how we might expand what we are doing now in Children’s Ministries at that location.
7. The transition between the end of ASA (school year) and the beginning of Fircreek (the week after) is always a challenging one especially in terms of keeping programs appropriately staffed. Please pray for the leadership as they navigate this time of year and see the right people in place at the right time.