SOUTH MOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN CAMP Summer/Fall 2010 Volume 10, Issue 2
The Mountain Star Inside this issue: Camp News
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Summer Camp Notes: • 532 campers came to camp this summer. • 78 asked Jesus into their hearts for the first time; 5 rededicated their lives to Him. • 85 were baptized here in our swimming pool. • Every camper received a South Mountain glow stick as a gift.
Captain O.A. Fish, Retired Eastern Airlines Camp Founder/President
“… without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Heb. 11:6 NKJV How’s your faith? In James’ letter (2:18) he basically says, “don’t tell me, show me.” This “show-me” faith is what really pleases God. Frankly, I believe that one of mankind’s greatest sins is that we try to live independently of God. The truth is, we were created to be dependent on Him. It is our Father’s delight when we come to trust [have faith] in Him for our every need. Every test we face in life is just another opportunity for us to prove that trust. With that trust God then has the opportunity to prove Himself faithful toward us. A healthy relationship must be based on the trust of both parties. Here at South Mountain these tests are a way of life, but this year they loomed larger than usual. Two weeks before camp started we got a call from United Way (our largest single supplier of camper scholarships) saying that because of the economy down-turn they would not be able to provide scholarships this year. Charlotte writes more about the financial situation in her article. The big question we faced was, do we hold back and see before committing to the many applications for scholarships, or do as we had done every year in the past and fill every bed by faith? It wasn’t an easy decision, but we recalled how God has always shown Himself faithful— even when there seemed to be no visible way. And so we made another leap of faith. (Continued on page 2)
Summer Camp Report
Steve Collins Program Director
Spaceships, force-fields, and alien battles dominated the scene and captivated campers at South Mountain Christian Camp this summer. There were space suits, alien puppets, and mysterious men in black to add to the fun, but it was all to teach campers a valuable lesson. The key to that lesson came from 1 Peter 2:11, “Dear friends, you are aliens and strangers on this earth, so I beg you not to surrender to those desires that fight against you.” Through all the skits, videos, object lessons, experiments, and stories this principle truth came to the forefront every time: We do not belong to the world, we belong to God. And we do not have to live like the world lives. We can live a better way. Campers spent their days hiking, swimming, boating, rock climbing, and playing all sorts of games. They were busy from daybreak until well after dark. By the end of the week, most of them were completely exhausted. But through it all, our staff modeled before them what it means to be “aliens and strangers on this earth.” They didn’t just TELL the campers, they SHOWED them how to live life a different way—being led by the Spirit of God. And when those tired campers went home at the end of the week they knew that Jesus changes lives.
Ten Most Wanted
Following is a list of the top ten items needed by SMCC . These are in addition to our month-to-month expenses. Study the list and prayerfully consider contributing to any of these items.
Things you should never do at Summer Camp:
Jo Hoselton Office Manager
Pet the scales on a snake.
Raise the tail of a skunk.
Tractor (40 horsepower minimum).
Sit in an anthill while talking with your friends.
Twelve-foot mowing deck.
Hit a hornet’s nest with a stick thinking it a piñata.
Electric golf cart(s) (to reduce traffic on Camp).
Lockable storage cabinet to hold game room supplies.
Heavy-duty volleyball standards for gym.
Pick up a spider so you can see what color it is underneath.
Wildlife taxidermy mounts for our nature programs.
Chain saws for grounds-keeping & maintenance.
Put your hand in the mouth of a black bear to count his teeth.
10 sets of vertical window blinds for office building.
Commercial-quality air hockey table for game room.
Poke a stick in a hole in the ground where yellow jackets live.
Let lizards bite your ear lobes so you can wear them as earrings.
Our website now has a new section specifically designed for campers. It features games, videos, Bible verses, and more! Visit SouthMountainChristianCamp.org and click on “Campers Clubhouse” to check it out!
You don’t have to wait for the next issue of The Mountain Star to find out what’s going on at South Mountain. For daily updates, follow us on Facebook or Twitter. (see box on front page for details)
10. Volunteers needed for cafeteria, office, cleaning, etc.
Camp News •
Our S.E.E.D.S. programs have been updated and expanded this year to allow us to conduct these school field trips even when the weather turns bad. This fall we’ll be hosting 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders from all over the county—rain or shine!
Congratulations, Lindsey! Lindsey Lane, who has worked for us part-time for the past 6 years, has been hired as our new Cafeteria Manager.
Captain’s Corner (continued from page 1) As Charlotte also mentions, another large test we faced was when Roger Robinson, our number one “handy-man”, got his skull cracked by a falling limb the day before camp was to start. There were no funds to hire a replacement for him, and it was soon apparent he would be out of service for the summer. Could we keep the lights burning, the toilets flushing, and accomplish the hundreds of other chores that we would surely face? The one big thing Roger did every July and August was to secure business sponsors for our Labor Day Gospel Singing Advertising booklet. Without those sponsors we didn’t see how the singing could go on. How did our summer end? As Steve’s articles show, it was another great year of ministry; as Charlotte’s Web says, the finances came right down to the wire, but in the end the bills
were all paid. As for Roger, he is improving daily (cut him some slack though, he turns 80 on September 30th). It took all of us working together, going that extra mile, to cover the hundreds of “fix-it” items that came up. Then there also were the “good neighbors” and volunteers God sent our way to help. We owe a special thanks to Ray Lee, our handyman neighbor, who stepped up in a big way to do things we couldn’t do, and also to Max Toney who, as Charlotte shared, secured sponsors for the 30th Annual Labor Day Gospel Singing. The biggest thing though is that our “trusting relationship” with our Heavenly Father has grown stronger and sweeter. We also know that without you, our family, our prayer partners, and supporters South Mountain Christian Camp would not be the ministry it is today. Thank You!!!!
Special Gifts received 3/18/10-9/7/10 IN MEMORY OF... • Nell Horn by Patricia Herron • Carolyn Barbee by D’Etta Lasky & Linda Kee • Barbara Caton by Mr. & Mrs. Randy Reynolds • Barbara Caton by Mr. & Mrs. Clint Hendricks • Charles Martin & Jenny Hite by Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Copley • Barbara Caton by Mr. & Mrs. Randy Reynolds • Sandra Gorman by Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Cole • Jim Sisk by Mr. & Mrs. J.E. Peschau • Barbara Caton by Mr. & Mrs. Randy Reynolds • Mary Gleason by Jean Fowler McGee • Barbara Caton by Mr. & Mrs. Randy Reynolds • Oline Park by Joan Glover • Barbara Caton by Mr. & Mrs. Randy Reynolds • C. Olin Smith by Alva Smith • Doris Goodwin by Barbara Walls
IN HONOR OF… • Jim Gorman by Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Cole • Willie Young by Laverne Ramsey • Barbara Ann Shuford by Wednesday Bible Study Group • Barbara Ann Shuford by Imedelle Matheny
Jen Collins Guest Group Coordinator
Ever wonder what it’s like to be on a retreat at SMCC? We recently implemented an online evaluation for group leaders to send us feedback from their retreat. Here are some of the comments we’ve received. Staff and Service: “This made for the easiest Encounter Weekend that we have ever had.” “Everyone was exceptionally nice to us.” Facilities and Grounds: “All the facilities were impeccably clean.” “Everything was great” Enjoyed Most: “The varied activities for our children. Everyone felt like they had something to do.” “Challenge Courses” “The grounds were beautiful and Mr. and Mrs. Fish just made us all feel at home. They are wonderful.” If you’d like information on scheduling a retreat, please give me a call or email (email@example.com).
Charlotte Fish Executive Director
As I think back over the spring and summer, I am amazed at how our Heavenly Father has meet our needs. Last spring we received word that many of our supporters were going to have to cut back their giving, and organizations were having to do the same. I wondered how we were going to make ends meet. Also, many more people were asking for financial help to be able to send their children to Camp. Each time I prayed about this, God would remind me that the children belonged to Him and He would take care of them. Our job was to prepare. Even so I would try to argue with God because I see the books every day and know how the bills have to be paid. The strange thing was the arguing was peaceful, if one can understand that. I have heard God’s still small voice before and knew it could be trusted. Aside from this, Roger Robinson, our maintenance man, had an accident the first week of camp and was in the hospital for the rest of the season. Also, Judy Philbeck, our cafeteria manager had a recurrence of cancer and was really hurting and could not work. Summer applications started to come in early because parents were concerned that we would not have
enough scholarships. Staff agreed we would not change our policy. We would book every bed on a first-come, first-served basis. Then came time for our annual gospel sing. Once again in the natural it did not look like it would happen. We prayed, and I called our singers, the American Quartet and the Carolina Quartet. They said they were singing for the camp, and for me not to be concerned about expenses. That afternoon I pulled up to the office on the golf cart and there sat Max Toney on the porch. I asked him what I could do for him and he said, “No!! I am going to help you with the gospel sing.” He and Martha started making calls to raise the funds from the local business people. Thanks to The Royal Quartet (Max Toney’s group) the American Quartet, the Carolina Quartet, Bethel Baptist Church in Ellenboro, the business community, and those who came to hear the music we had a wonderful 30th year celebration in honor of Roger Robinson. Today I can tell you that all bills are paid. Praise God!! Do we have a lot of money in reserve? NO !! Do we have to have it? NO!! GOD IS ALWAYS FAITHFUL!!
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Steve Collins Program Director
I squinted into the morning sunlight as I looked up from my position in the waist-deep cold water of the pool, trying to see which camper was next in line to be baptized. My squint turned to smile when I recognized Cody’s face. You did it, God, I prayed silently. You did it. To tell you Cody’s story, I have to go back to last year. Cody came to Summer Camp in 2009 but had quite a few problems. He had an explosive temper with a short fuse. After just a few days of Camp, I found myself sitting with him on the back porch of the cafeteria, trying to help him understand why fighting was not the answer to his problems. We made a call to his mom to let her know that, if his violent behavior continued, he would be sent home from Camp. Then I knelt down in front of Cody and began to explain to him that Jesus was able to give him control over his temper. “Not me,” he said, “I’m just a bad kid.” My heart was broken for Cody, but I could sense that God was beginning to move in his spirit. Before I could get another word out of my mouth, however, my phone rang. It was one of my Assistant Directors who needed assistance dealing with
another camper who was having extreme behavior problems. Reluctantly, I left Cody with his Cabin Director and went to help with the other camper. When I arrived on the scene, I was surprised to learn that this camper was Cody’s sister! When we made a call to the same mother again, she seemed frustrated and said that she would just come to pick up both of her kids from Camp. As she drove away with her children that afternoon, I wondered if I had just blown my only opportunity to lead Cody to Christ. I prayed for Cody and his sister, that God would continue to work in their lives to lead them to Him. That’s why I was so excited when Cody and his sister both came back to Camp this summer. That’s also why I wasn’t surprised to learn that Cody asked Jesus into his heart part-way through the week. And that’s why it was so special for me to have the opportunity to baptize not only Cody, but also his sister on that Friday morning with the sun in my eyes and a smile on my face. “...being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6