The following pictured frames are gifts from our summer staff. Some of the comments are- well you know- campisms, and inside jokes, but we will cherish them always!
Saying goodbye is so very hard in the sense that we LOVE the MINISTRY! We love our campers, our staff....they are in our hearts. We have spent hours and hours and our hearts on teaching them the Gospel, by disciplining them and praying over them and with them. It hurts to know that we are leaving them.
We know that God has BIG PLANS to continue growing the ministry here. In fact the directors that have been hired to follow us....are none other than our former summer staff members- that have married and have been working at another camp for the last 4 years. We know God will BLESS them and the camp. We know most of our summer staff are coming back to serve with them. We know that the campers will continue to be spiritually nourished!
And yet......it doesn't make saying goodbye any easier. During this past weekend camp I have started crying a few times.....and know that I will really truly miss them.
Today at 2pm we say goodbye to campers, staff, and any others who show up for our farewell. We will ALWAYS carry you in our hearts......here is the scripture I used in this morning's worship time......
Philippians 1:3-11 "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ- to the glory and praise of God.
With ALL OUR LOVE TO THOSE WHO WILL CARRY ON GOD'S WORK HERE AT USKICHITTO RETREAT CENTER........................................