Wow, what a winter we had! This seems to be the “talk of the town.” Everywhere you go people are talking about lots of snow and record breaking temperatures. In our case this only amplified the excitement and intensity of our winter retreat season!
This winter every guest group from early January to late March and all programmed events except one were able to make the most of our tube run. We have had snow on the ground since the weekend of January 9th allowing groups to enjoy the winter fun of Rock Mountain. In fact there is a very good chance that even while you are reading this we still have snow piles around camp melting.
Cold temperatures and lots of snow did not keep people away though! We had a very strong winter as far as numbers go. Guest Groups, THAW Teen Advance, and Winter Fun Nights all had great attendance. This retreat season we had over 1,500 guests stay with us, enjoying the tubing hill, gaga pit, and almost 8,000 plates of delicious food. Two of the coldest nights in February (around -20 with the wind chill) fell on Winter Fun Nights and each averaged close to 75 people. Please join me in thanking God for all He does to keep Rock Mountain Bible Camp a place where people want to come, a “home away from home.”
Along with youth and families having fun at Rock Mountain there is something else we like to see and talk about; hearts changing because of the work and word of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The prophet Isaiah writes, “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
God continues to show Himself faithful with many stories of young men and women responding to His word this winter. During a guest groups stay at their last general session, the speaker opened up the floor for personal testimonies of what the Lord did over the weekend. One young girl stood up, rather timidly, and through tears said that she truly learned how to trust the Lord in all that she does. Quite simply spoken words, but so extremely profound. She stated that she has heard verses about trusting God and had been taught about trusting God but “until this weekend I really did not live out trusting God.” As you can imagine the room was quiet until the speaker yelled out a loud, “Praise God” and the entire room joined in celebrating God and His Word.
On another occasion, again during the last general session, a young girl stood up and spoke about how her and her brother’s relationship had been broken for some time now and how they were not getting along. They basically had been dealing with a bad relationship. She was not blaming him, but was instead confessing some of her own faults. Through the teaching and small groups she experienced over the weekend she explained how she “had heard many of the passages of scripture before but never really put them to use,” and went on to say “they went in one ear and out the other.” This weekend helped her grasp those same passages and gave her “a desire to live differently.” Then, she got up from her seat, went over to her brother and gave him a big hug, with tears in her eyes, and said “I am sorry.” He in turn hugged her back.
“…so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”