Dear Firs Family and Friends,
As I reflect back on 2018 and yet another year of ministry here at The Firs, I can’t help but think what a privilege it is to serve in this place. It’s a privilege because of the people with whom I get to serve. It’s a privilege because of the tremendous legacy of The Firs, as seen in those who have gone before us. It’s a privilege because every day by the lake, amidst the trees, and on the mountain, I am reminded of the power of God through the things He has made. And, finally, it is a privilege because we are needed in our community. We are needed to get kids outside and to introduce them to Jesus. We are needed because families need the support of quality programs run by committed people to care for their children.
In many ways, we hit the reset button come January 1, as we look to the ministries ahead. At the same time, we enter each new year with a degree of uncertainty. What will our numbers be? Will our expenses be met by our revenue? Will we be able to stay on top of our projects as we care for our facilities? Will we be surprised by the unexpected or threatened by the unwanted? We have done this thing called “camp” for a very long time, yet 2019 is a story still to be told. The comforting thing is that we can face and not fear the unknown because we do so with a well-known God.
For those of you who pray for us – thank you! It gives us strength. For those of you who give to help kids get to camp or so we can keep our rates low – thank you! It allows us to broaden our reach. For those of you who attend and volunteer and serve, know that what you do makes a difference and we are very appreciative of your partnership.
From our family here at The Firs to you and yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
Serving Him together,