31 kids 7 adults
It’s that time of year again: And as usual, this is a repeat, of a repeat, of a repeat for Monday morning as we scramble to get headed out.
I take two weeks of vacation for sure a year: My own personal week, where I go do fun stuff with the family, and one weed during Church Camp.
If you have never been to church camp, I can’t really explain it. If you have been, you either love it and can’t wait for it, or you swear you will never go again.
Church Camp accomplishes a few really important things
It’s perhaps the single best missionary outreach done in a year’s time. We take lots of kids to camp who have never heard God’s Word before. Many, many young people(and even some older ones) are saved during this week who might have never been reached otherwise. Many of these will remain strong and active in the faith, and go on to become the future of our churches. It’s not uncommon for more folks to come to a saving faith in Jesus in one week than in 52 weeks of regular worship.
It’s a wonderful chance to leave the world behind for a week and be immersed in God’s Word, and fellowship with God’s people. We leave the STUFF of the world behind. No television, no radio, and very little or any CELL PHONES!
Finally, there is that fellowship. The kids form lifelong friendships during this week and look forward to seeing their friend again each year. For the adults, this is even important, as we all step away from our daily responsibilities and spend the week with God, and each other.
So, this week, blogging will be very, very light. I may publish some thoughts from the day or pictures.I may even share and repost some things I read. I’m really not sure yet. I will keep on reading those blogs I read, and comment and interact some as time permits. For the most part, however, I will I will be pretty irregular. I will have other more important things to occupy myself with!
Peace and blessings to all!
Some pictures of our humble dwelling place for the week
First, thanks to everybody how has asked about the girl child and the mangled hand. Today was a quick followup and some therapy…and a pretty new splint, too! Not sure when the pins come out; in fact, more rubber bands were added today.
I’m probably off regular blogging for another week or so. Working really hard to get everything done, as next week I am off, and we are headed to church camp!
For those who may not know it, Arkansas is brutally hot in the summer. I know there are places where temperatures get higher, but not too many where the temperature and humidity combine to create a perfect heat storm. Heat indexes of over 100 are just a way of life. Because of this, air conditioning is more than just a nice convenience; for some, it is a necessity to actually live. Gladly, we are not in the group, but NOT having it seriously compromises the quality of life.
For all of June, we had AC problems. It never went out, it just didn’t do a good job, and we never could get our house temp much below 75 or 80 degrees. Our unit ran 24/7 for the entire month and we were STILL miserable.
To add to the misery, we got the bill! Seriously, it was like two bills in one. People looked; techs came out….nothing. I finally called two more companies and told them just come to give me a quote for a whole new system(ours is 18 years old.)
Well, I love an honest guy. The company owner who came out poked around a bit more than the others and discovered an amazing thing. Every time the AC came on, the heat was coming on with it! Can you say endless cycle of doom? The house would get hot, the AC would come on, then the heat would too! Then, the AC would work just that much harder…..and on it went. Really? How can that happen?
Instant solution. Owner guy unhooked the power to the furnace part of the unit, and immediately things were better. That still has to be fixed, but not in July.
It’s a true thing that sometimes things or people just have to go their own ways so that each can work more efficiently. Churches and groups of people can be that way, also. One of the more ludicrous assaults on the legitimacy of Christianity is the refrain: “But there are EIGHT MILLION DENOMINATIONS!!! iT’S ALL HOGWASH!!” No, there are not.
People aren’t the same, and we don’t like things in the same style, in the same way. The fact that you like to raise hands, and another does not….does not mean we are not all Christians; it means we like to serve and worship with folks with similar styles. We may not even like each other, so we serve in different places. Sometimes division and moving on is a good thing and causes the Kingdom to spread.
Read this account of the parting of ways of Paul and Barnabas: Acts 15:35-41
Sometimes parting ways is a good thing, and makes the entirety work better. Occasionally the Heat and Air need to go opposite directions to make the house a better place.
At the One Day Surgery Center, and the happy patient is about to head back! Thanks for your thoughts and prayers in advance.
Sadly I had to work today. But was able to come home for a bit and have some Sunday Dinner and a short nap with Finlee.