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A glimpse of our LIMITLESS God…

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“Indescribable, uncontainable, You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name. You are amazing, God.” What a great song to start out our weekly worship night. Every night during High School and Crew weeks, we have a late night activity. Most days, that means we go outside and play a game and get to run around in the dark. On Thursday, however, we get to join together in the lodge for fellowship and worship. Not only is it refreshing to be still for a while instead of always on the move, but it is also a much-needed reminder of who God is and why we come to camp in the first place.

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On Thursday night, we as a camp didn’t just hear the gospel. We experienced it! Each cabin went through four Stations of the Cross together. At the first, we talked about Christ’s agony and contemplated what that was like for Him. Next, we took turns carrying a heavy cross and thinking about the significance of what He went through. Then we each wrote some sins on paper and nailed them to a cross for us to leave behind. We ended at the tomb, where the body lay. One by one, we blew out a candle until, with the last camper, darkness took over.

After the Stations of the Cross, we joined in the lodge to sing through the gospel. The room had been transformed from the Amazon rainforest to a simple, candlelit meeting space for believers. The songs started with God’s greatness and limitlessness, then moved to looking at our sin and the grace He gives to cover us, and finished with us surrendering ourselves to Him and all He has for us. “I surrender… I surrender… I want to know You more, I want to know You more,” was the final chorus and prayer. That’s what camp is all about! It was an emotional and beautiful night… but the gospel didn’t end there.

The next morning, two excited women interrupted our breakfast announcements to tell us the body was gone, so we all followed them back to the tomb where we had last seen Christ. In the same place we had left in total darkness the night before was a table piled in grave clothes, but nobody to be found. The tomb was empty, the sun was shining, and we stood on a hill and sang praises to our God the Father and Jesus the Christ for not only dying for our sins, but also rising from the dead and defeating the grave. The celebration lasted throughout the morning, as we had balloons and decorations for a breakfast party in honor of Jesus. God is so good!

high school week…camp to the mostest.

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DSC_0445 - CopySix months ago, when we started planning this new phenomenon called High School Camp, we knew we wanted to make it significantly different than the other weeks of camp we provide… but how? Camp is already a getaway, a pause from normal life to rest in God’s creation and fellowship with His people day in and day out. And with our limited space nestled between marsh, lake, and neighborhoods, how could we possibly expand what we offer? The answer to that question took us across the lake to a place called Lake Farm Park.

Last week, we had the chance of a lifetime (or maybe just the chance of a Wednesday) to leave our ten acres behind and do some real camping. If you can call having toilets real camping. In our defense, they were pit toilets, so that definitely gets us closer. On a sunny and slightly windy afternoon, we piled 65 campers and staff into a speedboat, a pontoon boat, canoes, kayaks, and even a rowboat with mismatched oars and caravanned across Lake Waubesa. The trek proved successful when, nearly two hours after the first boat launched, the last boat made its way to the shore of Lake Farm and we got our program started.

The nearly-24-hours was packed with a solitude retreat, cooking over a fire, games, evening chapel, some lively campfire games and discussions, setting up tents, portaging boats, a sunrise over the lake, lots of mosquitoes, and a little bit of sleep. What was the purpose of getting away from the getaway? God can do tremendous things in individuals and groups when they undertake a challenge together. It is one thing to leave everyday life and come to camp where you meet other friends who are doing the same thing in the same place. It is another thing to undertake the whole event, from packing to paddling to playing, as a part of a team. That evening, what a joy it was to see the entire camp sit around a single campfire, laughing and singing and enjoying God’s beautiful creation of nature and people. It was a reminder of the fellowship we should seek every day of our lives, not just on the special ones. Praise God for a fun, safe, relationship-building journey!

Lake Waubesa Bible Camp: LIMITLESS 2013

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Lake Waubesa Bible Camp: Limitless 2013It is said that the Amazon rainforest is so dense, once you walk 50 feet in you are all but invisible to the outside world. The same can be said of summer camp. For those working at or attending camp, once the summer season hits or the week starts, we become so focused on God’s work here that we become rather invisible to the outside world—or rather, the outside world becomes invisible to us. After a few days or even a few hours, we are into the thick of things. This summer, however, we want to stay connected through Facebook, Twitter, our new website, and this blog (which, now that I’ve gotten started, will be updated more regularly).

With that being said, please jump into our Limitless Summer 2013 and join us for a life-transforming two months!

Limitless: without end, limit, or boundary. When I looked up this word in a thesaurus, some of the synonyms included: boundless, unlimited, infinite, everlasting, immeasurable, fathomless, unceasing, and inexhaustible. What better words to describe the God we love and serve? As we do our best to convey who God is to the campers each week, it is always with an understanding that we do not have the capacity to understand, much less describe, the extent of His being. We can wrap our minds around the small, tangible parts we see everyday in nature, in the people around us, and even in miracles; but how can we, who have a conceivable beginning, end, and definition for everything, even pretend to fully comprehend our God who is without end, limit, or boundary? It is an amazing thing. He is an amazing God. Praise God for being our infinite, everlasting, and boundless Father!

Have you never heard? 
Have you never understood? 
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. 
He never grows weak or weary.
 No one can measure the depths of his understanding. Isaiah 40:28

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