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Making All Things New

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Making All Things New

The past few months have been a whirlwind for me. I just moved and started working here at Lake Waubesa, and it’s been a special kind of challenge. It’s my first time living on my own, having apartment, having a year-round job that I’m passionate about, and so much more in this new, exciting, and challenging time in my life. As we approach Christmas and the winter retreat I find myself meditating on the fact that God makes all of us new upon salvation. 2 Corinthians 2:17 tells us ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.’ This comes right on the heels of reminding us that through Christ’s death and resurrection we have been changed. The birth of Christ makes all this possible. If God did not take the first step toward us in our sinful, broken state, then we would not have the chance to become new. With everything that I have been experiencing lately I know that new things can be terrifying but they can also be unimaginably fulfilling and exciting. This Christmas season we can not only stand in awe of who Christ is and the incomprehensible greatness of the gift of His birth, we can also allow this truth to change us and inspire us to follow diligently in our lives and become more like Christ.
                The winter retreat is focusing on our renewal in Christ as we live the Christian life. This too would not be possible without the life of Christ. As Christians, we are set apart for the purposes of God. We have a new purpose because of our salvation – a mission to live according to the will of God. After speaking of the freedom we have in salvation and the work of the Spirit in us after salvation Paul states ‘If we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.’ (Galatians 5:25) While we are made new by God we are responsible to actively live according to the Holy Spirit. We have been made new, our strength is not our own, by the work done in us we can seek to live as the instruments of God in this world. I still have a lot to learn working here at camp, and each day God gives me the strength to continue and the joy of following Him in this ministry. I pray that this Christmas season none of us will just celebrate the birth of Christ, but that we would allow the reality of it to change us for the better as we begin the new year.
-Crystal Smith

OVERWHELMED? THERE’S AN ANCHOR FOR THAT ………

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Personally, I have felt overwhelmed in 2016. The death of my parents just a few months apart early in the year left me depressed and overwhelmed by grief. I know many of you feel overwhelmed too. Maybe it’s a great feeling, overwhelmed by a Cub’s world series victory. Or maybe it’s downright helpless, like watching the 2016 election process. The one thing I know is that I can’t control any of it. Those are the times I need to be reminded that God is in control. It’s easy to feel out of control, tossed about by feelings and circumstances. The great news is that we can hold on to God in the midst of the storms of life and know absolutely where our security lies.

We are so blessed to be able to tell campers and guests in these troubling times that they can rely on Jesus. Lake Waubesa Bible Camp had the opportunity to communicate that good news to over 500 young people this summer and thousands more as we serve retreat guests in the fall, winter and spring from literally all over the world! My personal story confirms that as an organization, LWBC stepped up and reminded ME that God is in control. An amazing group of board members, full time staff, and summer staff helped me get the rest and find the Anchor I needed in a time of personal storms.

I like to think of all of you as “links in the chain” without which LWBC couldn’t be as effective. So many of you pray, volunteer, and help financially to help keep our ministry working well and our staff housed and fed. In the summer LWBC gives out many scholarships to campers who can’t afford the full cost of camp. This past year we’ve upgraded a number of things like a new mower, video projector, lodge floor coverings, and many other items. All these things help us communicate God’s love as we surround every camp and guest with the best we can offer. Many of you might not even know that our full time staff also raise support to be able to work at LWBC. We have ambitious plans for the future too. Our desire is to replace / upgrade all the beds at camp (many of which are 50+ years old). We need new audio visual equipment, kitchen equipment, exciting new activities. We are also planning on adding a new full time staff couple early in 2017. I am asking all of you to pray about possibly helping LWBC with a year-end financial gift or even consider ongoing support for one of our full time staffers who serve so diligently. I can guarantee you that LWBC is one place where you won’t see your gift get gobbled up by administrative costs; every bit will go to do the work of communicating the gospel of Jesus right here in Madison where people need to hear about HIM!

I am praying that God will use YOU to help us raise $50,000 between now and the end of 2016. Please consider how much LWBC means to you and the community and prayerfully give what you can to help us realize this goal. You are able to give by check, credit card (phone) or online at www.lwbc.com. This is a huge ask, and I know I serve a HUGE GOD.

-Ron Kregness

Fall Happenings and Summer Reflections

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Recent Going-ons

Hello friends!

The fall season is well underway at LWBC. We have had the pleasure of serving a number of wonderful retreat groups, hosting the Movie by the Lake event with the McFarland Chamber of Commerce, and adding a new member to our full time staff team! Crystal Smith has been a dedicated servant to the ministry over the past few years as a counselor and chapel coordinator, and we are very excited to have her join us here. With the Fall equinox being yesterday, I thought it appropriate to reflect upon the summer which passed us by so quickly.

Summer Thoughts

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”

John 15:16 NIV

As you may know, Ron was able to take some time for a sabbatical during the summer season. God was faithful in allowing our summer ministry to flourish even though He had given the camp director a period of rest. We flourished because God had chosen an incredible group of young men and women to serve at LWBC this summer. We pray diligently for summer staff members, and God absolutely provided for our needs. Any roles left unfilled early in the spring were covered by the time we began our week of staff training. It is amazing to see how those chosen people went and bore fruit, and I am sure it will be lasting fruit.

 

It is an incredible thing to see the result of your work. In youth ministry it often happens that a young pastor will burn out. Supposedly, the average term for a youth pastor in a church is about 18 months. In the summer camp ministry, many summer staffers work for a summer or two, or three, and then graduate from college and move on in life. They don’t get to see the full impact of their work. I have been blessed to see those children that I counseled for many years and worked alongside with as high school staff, become summer staff members. The cycle of growth is amazing. These rambunctious, fun (and sometimes challenging) kids actually do take some of what we say to heart. They internalize it. Their decisions are sometimes influenced by us as counselors and staff members. They reflect parts of us in their own personalities. They remember LWBC because of the people that God has placed in their lives for a week at a time. I hope the summer staff of 2016 realizes that the hard work they did has been life changing for some of these kids and youth. Praise God, we had many campers become followers of Jesus for the first time this summer, or re-dedicate their lives to Him. God had chosen them to do this work, and to bear fruit. Lasting fruit. And just as I have been blessed to see the cycle over the past 8 years, I hope they will see it as well.
-Jon Becker

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