As a follower of Christ, we are all on a journey….
This maybe the most difficult letter I have written in a long time. However just as God was with me when I sent out my first letter almost 9 years ago, He is with me as I write this last one. With much wrestling with God, through prayer and discernment, this will be my last prayer letter as I have resigned my position here at Ranger Lake Bible Camp. God has taken our family on an amazing journey in our 4 years working full-time for the camp and we count each day as a blessing. We saw first hand the amazing work of the Holy Spirit, as He moved through the hearts and minds of hundreds of campers. We saw the tender heart of the Father, as He came alongside many children. And we saw Christ, poured out and proclaimed through the lives of many staff. We are sad that the Lord has closed this chapter in our lives but as followers of Jesus we are each on a journey the moment we give our life over to Him, and so we are excited to see where God will lead us next.
God has had his hand in our next steps for quite some time, as early this year, long before we felt the call to move on, God saw fit for Dawn to step into full time ministry as well. Starting August 1st of this year she took on the role of Christian Education Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Saskatoon, working with families. She is so excited for this new leadership role and we are both blessed to be involved in a deeper role at our own church as well. As for myself, I am still waiting on God for how He will lead me in the future. But whether I’m called into a new ministry role or not, the first command Christ gives us is, “To go and make disciples” and I intend on doing my best to obey that, whether I’m in vocational ministry or not.
With that news out of the way our summer has been great! Once again God provided at each step, whether it was bringing the right campers here, filling a missing staff position when needed or providing for the financial needs of the camp. It truly has been a great summer and I feel blessed to be ending my time at Ranger on such a positive note. It’s seasons like this that make it so much harder to move on.
Once again, I had a blast teaching some great staff and campers all about Radio Controlled Trucks. It was great to see some kids out to our camp that I had connected with during the winter indoor racing too! And as always, I spent most of the summer behind the camera, making our highlight DVD’s for kids to take home at the end of each week. I felt extremely encouraged by the number of kids and parents who thanked me for making the DVD’s each week. Again, God was surprising me with encouragement as I was seeking to finish my time here strong.
This will mark my last call for your support….
Over the past 9 years God has given us all we need. Often he has surprised us by the ways in which he has met our needs. In 9 years I can remember not having enough for a full pay check. God is so good. For one final time I am calling on you, my amazing support team, to help me finish strong with the financial needs of myself and the ministry I am leaving.
I raise funds to meet an annual budget and most years, in the fall, I am rather low and this year is no different. In years past God has provided for all of my needs by the end of the budget year, which in turn meets the needs of the camp. Seeing as I will be finished my time here before the winter, we are asking that you consider making one final donation to get my account out of the $7000 deficit that it is currently in. At the end of September all monthly donors deposits will stop and without your one time gifts the camp will be left trying to raise this money themselves. If you would like to continue your monthly donations or would like to help with this deficit please visit our website’s donation page for more info.
Thank you, thank you, thank you….
As this is my last prayer support letter I must make sure that each of you know how incredibly thankful and blessed we feel by each and everyone of you. Your countless encouragements, tireless prayers and generous giving have encouraged us each step of the way. We know that God has used each of you to further His Kingdom as you’ve been a part of our team. We know that without you the work we’ve been so privileged to be a part of would not have been possible.
Finally, if you would like to talk to us more about our future or to just hear some great stories from the summer, you can reach me at our office until Sept 30th (888.406.1733) or contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org