By Sharon Kuykendall
1952 was the beginning of a joyous, life long, event in my life – CAMP!! Our church first held it’s camps on the shores of Bear Lake. Swimming every day, playing ball and chasing the boys however indiscreetly are some of my fond memories. As I recall these events I know the importance of hearing God’s word and experiencing His love on a daily basis. Back then we were in 2 – 3 Bible classes each day of camp with an exam at the end and rewards – a camera or any coveted, desirable item – were given out! My Mom and eventually my Mother-in-law were the cooks at many of these camps. Perhaps the “cooking,” opportunity was instilled in me at that time.
In the early ‘60s our church established a camp property of our very own – Pineridge. Following my mother’s footsteps, I cooked at camp, and brought my children and grandchildren to experience special summers there year after year. Through my many years of camp involvement I have seen the results of God’s word and love being sown. The introduction to God’s Word and love is powerful. I have had the privilege to see many kids, as adults, return to God with their families.
This past camp year was simply fantastic. The leadership was outstanding- thanks to all of you – Jeremy, Mavis, Jaron & Nolan to only name a few of many. The campers were joyous and fun, giving the cooks interesting things to talk about (e.g. a boy eating 9 buns at one meal!). And speaking of the cooks- how much I appreciated the excellent help in the kitchen: Pat, Nancy, Carla & Naomi, oh yes- and Dave Friesen…the best pancake flipper! There were many times I thought “thank you” Amanda Hentges and her team for our beautiful, useable, wonderful (I could go on!) facility – “your blessings will be great!” The camp committee has really accomplished amazing things over the last few years.
I feel so blessed to be a part of this work. May I encourage everyone to be part of this great ministry in some way… whether in prep or prayer for the camps, working with campers, or even washing dishes after a meal!
What will next year bring? – even more OPPORTUNITIES!!