“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 and Hebrews 10:35 “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.” Each day Satan wants to frighten us about our future, but the truth is each day the Lord is there for His children. Each day His Holy Spirit is available to strengthen us. Each day we have the opportunity to call a fellow believer and ask for help and prayer. Each day we can look to the Bible and get real answers to some of life’s most perplexing questions. Each day we have the privilege to drop to our knees and leave our burdens and confessed sins with Jesus. Each day we can call to mind the prophecy’s of God which tell us that God wins, Satan loses and heaven awaits us.
About a month ago Dave was informed by the Press Democrat that Mt. Gilead was a top finalist in the “Best of Sonoma County” Survey for the category of Summer Camps. Mt. Gilead was the only Christian Camp listed among the top four camps. With over 20,000 respondents to the survey, we feel very honored and blessed. In October look for the Best of Sonoma County Magazine to be placed in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Petaluma Argus and the Sonoma Index Newspapers. Thank you for voting for us
We are all familiar with the passage “Be still and know that I am God.” Ps. 46:10 And while the sentiment is so peaceful, sensible and enticing the allure of being still diminishes as people, schedules and responsibilities require speedy responses…or so it seems. At the beginning of the summer in truth we were concerned because the number of campers were low. So we prayed and asked the Lord to provide more campers to serve and He did. Lots more! Then the need for additional qualified counselors became critical….so we stressed a bit and then we prayed. God provided and our staff flexed admirably and each cabin had a counselor. Through the obedience of many volunteer s and staff the Lord blessed us with an incredibly rich harvest of changed lives and hearts. We had 1,136 campers this summer. As the last counselor forms have come in 167 campers gave their lives to Christ, 365 recommitted their lives to Christ and 25 campers felt led to full time Christian ministry. We are humbled by the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the campers and each of us on the staff. Through the prayers and generosity of so many we saw Jesus move in an undeniable way. Next summer, when the pressure builds with needs pressing in, we will need to take a look in the rear view mirror and remember to Be Still and know that He is God…and watch God move.