It has been a busy 3 days in WA. The full team arrived Saturday afternoon and we worked late that night and Sunday organizing and decorating for Camp Crestview Washington style. This is our first year to partner with Robert Gray Baptist Church (RGBC) in Longview WA. After being without a pastor for 3 years they have a new pastor who arrived in May. God’s timing is perfect! It has been exciting working with RGBC and Pastor Stephen as they launch a renewed vision for reaching their community for Christ.
We were able to join the folks in WA in some neighborhood canvasing and yesterday we began Camp with 41 campers. Today we added 12 more kids giving us 53 Campers! We are very excited about the families who have come, it is a great beginning! God is clearly at work. Boy are we enthusiastic!
Six of our 25 member team will work all week to make some much needed repairs to the church parsonage which will certainly bless the new pastor and his family.
What a joy to be back among our friends and fellow believers in the Pacific Northwest!! Please be in prayer for the five churches we partner with in these two weeks of ministry. They labor daily to reach out to the most unchurched area in our country. Yesterday I spoke with a 10 year old Camper who had never been inside a church before in his life. At the close of the day he quoted the Camp verse for the whole group at assembly. An awesome moment!
We can’t wait to see what God will do!
Friday was our final day of Camp Crestview in WA. The children sang the Camp songs for their parents at the end of the day. Songs full of the message of salvation and the joy and excitement of following Him. Our prayer is that Camp Crestview will provide a launching point for continued conversations with these families; a beginning of relationships that will result in whole families experiencing what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus. In addition to the eight children who received Christ this week (PRAISE GOD!) many others had questions and there are now open doors for follow up. Pastor Stephen and the wonderful folks at Robert Gray Baptist Church have a plan and are excited to begin the follow up; knocking on doors and doing a follow up event in August. Pray for them as they reach out to these families. Several families indicated they would come and check out what happens on Sundays. Pray that they take that step tomorrow!
This church family of about 70 folks composed predominately of senior adults has a heart to reach their community and the world. God is at work here; can’t wait to see what HE will do!!
After our wrap up of the week in Longview, WA the team “disassembled” Camp, loaded it all in trailers and trucks and moved it to our church partners in Oregon and set up for another week of Camp Crestview in OR. Five of us will stay and give support to the OR churches’ 5th year of Camp Crestview. Very Exciting!! We have been blessed to be a part of the work God is doing in the Pacific North West, thank you for your prayers this last week and continue to lift up this area and these fellow believers as they serve Him here.