Weavings Were Woven | Spring Craftivities 2019

Weaving at Whisper Mountain Camp 1We had such a great time with the ladies who came to our Spring Craftivities Event last weekend! Getting away, even when we think we can’t, to do something we don’t always do has a way of sparking life inside our souls! We saw this be true for these women!

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We learned the basics of weaving (on a loom — not to be confused with basket weaving, cough Anna Gab, cough cough! ūüėČ) and were given the opportunity to create whatever masterpiece we could think up!

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Here’s the fun part: everyone was given the same supplies, the same amount of time and the same set up, but every single loom was woven from a very different place. Each person brought something different to their piece and it was amazing and exquisite and such a wonderful reminder of our uniqueness!

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We spent a little time talking about such things and more application found through the experience and found encouragement through the Word in little snippets throughout the weekend. So fueling and refreshing!

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Along with the enjoyment found in weaving, many found frustration when the project wasn’t getting done quickly enough, or they wanted to be on the other side of the project. Having persevered, every woman went home a little proud of their accomplishment and a lot thankful for having done something creative!

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If you were on the fence or unable to come this time, how about planning to join us in September for our next Craftivities Event! September 28th! Block it off now, work it out with your friend or family! Plan to be here! You won’t regret it!!

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Thanks for coming ladies — it was a joy to spend the weekend with you! Hope to see you soon!

 

 

Author + Photography | Cassi

 

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staff take a road trip | GIC 2019

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A couple weeks ago our staff hit the road and headed down to Florida for a week to participate in what’s called the Global Impact Conference! As a supporting church of Whisper Mountain Camp, McGregor Baptist invited us (and many other missionaries they support) to participate in their weekend of blessing and encouragement. We couldn’t be more thankful to have been included.

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Much of our week was spent connecting with people, life groups, churches, families and friends. The community of people within Whisper Mountain is amazing! People who share our heart to proclaim Christ to teens, who support us and participate with us, who encourage us to keep going! Amazing: the number of people God pulls into His work here at WM! We wouldn’t be able to do any of what we do without the community He’s pulled together! (If you’re part of this – thank you for being here!)

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Along with the event, gathering and meeting with people, and some of us getting brave to speak in front of crowds, we were also able to have a few stolen moments of play and relaxation! A quick swim here, a hurried beach walk there, a nap when possible.

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How refreshing to find a piece of hold still and enjoy the beauty of winter days in Southwest Florida! We were completely thankful for the hospitality of Brad and Melloe Nash! They welcomed us, invited us to make ourselves at home (which we took them up on!) and overwhelmed us with love and fellowship and goodness of all kinds.

We put together a video to give you a glimpse into our trip! We hope you enjoy!

Thank you to all who made the time to meet with us, encourage us, and give to us in some way! You are a big reason we remain encouraged to keep going in this thing called camp ministry!

Come visit soon!

 

 

Author + Photography | Cassi

Shoot Straight 2018

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Our annual Shoot Straight Men’s Retreat was the best it’s been so far! Experience, they say, is the best teacher, and when it comes to improving this retreat every year, we couldn’t agree more!

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Thirty-nine men and young men (8+) came for a weekend of bows and arrows, walking the woods and being encouraged by those fabulous Benham Brothers. Whether experienced or not, shooting the bows was an experience the men enjoyed, even if some of them admitted to having sore muscles by the end!

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The event started with some dart throwing for the young men and hatchet throwing for the grown men! Hitting the target can be harder than you think, but they enjoyed their turn at trying!

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Later in the evening, the guys were given a bunch of tickets to enter the giveaways, which were held all throughout the weekend! There’s nothing quite like the suspense of hearing those numbers called out, watching them match up across the ticket, and your heartbeat quickening when you realize your number has been called! YESSSSS!

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The Benham Brothers shared encouragement throughout the weekend, offering the young and grown alike the challenge of walking in godly manhood through the sharing of their own experiences and walk with the Lord.

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Saturday morning, after a hearty and delicious breakfast, the guys headed to the field to practice shooting their bows! We had guys who were at a hunting level, which means they hit the bulls eye a bunch! We had guys who haven’t shot since last year’s retreat, and still others who hadn’t shot a bow before ever! The competition was friendly and I don’t think anyone felt out of place because of their experience level!

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After lunch, the guys were broken into teams and the tournament began. Most of the 3D targets get sprinkled throughout the woods of our paintball course, with a few out in the open just outside the woods. Hiking around the property to shoot at the 20 target locations is about as fun as trying to hit the animals striking a pose!

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We heard the guys mention how they enjoyed the intimate atmosphere and being able to get to know the other guys at the retreat. Not feeling overwhelmed with a crowd helped them each relax just a bit more, which is the point of such a weekend!

If you like what you’ve seen here and want to be in on next year’s retreat, block off the weekend of October 4-6, 2019 and plan to join us! We’d love to have you be a part of escaping the noise and encountering God’s whisper in the woods of Whisper Mountain Camp.

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This past weekend was a fantastic getaway for the men who came to our 3rd annual Shoot Straight Archery Retreat! Archery is fun, but it’s mostly about encouragement and fellowship!

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Friday night they had a taste of tomahawk throwing. The beautiful thing about everyone never having tried something is that it was fun even when most people were ¬†bad at it. Because it’s not so much about the amazing skills you do/don’t possess at this retreat, but about the togetherness: fun, laughter, camaraderie.¬†One guy said, “I can’t remember the last time I just sat around and talked with other men.”

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Saturday was the 3D tournament held in our wooded paintball course. The morning is for getting the hang of the bow; the afternoon is the tourney and 100 Yard Shoot! Can you believe someone actually hit the target?! Calculation or Luck? Who knows!

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Of course the giveaways are a highlight for both kids and adults! They got some great prizes this year! Of course everyone leaves with goodies of some sort!

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Encouragement from God’s Word, sitting around the fire talking, eating good food, hiking the woods with a bow and arrow. Argggggg. Fathers and sons enjoyed the time together, men without sons enjoyed time together with other men. It was a great weekend and we are so thankful for those God brought to this time.

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MEN: Block out October 5-7 on your 2018 Calendar so you can come next year! DON’T MISS OUT! Like another guy said, “This was too easy — we gotta come again next year!”

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White Space at Whisper Mountain [2017]

Over the weekend some ladies gathered for our annual Craftivities Event! Creating White Space in our lives was sort of the call this year!

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We were thrilled to have Kaleigh Stickles come to lead a Hand Lettering Workshop on Friday night!

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Kaleigh sells her masterpieces on etsy at Master’s Piece Co.¬†and we were lucky enough to see them up close and personal! She does beautiful work! Go check it out!

Saturday began with some tasty homemade apple cider donuts, which means everything! (Patti does amazing work in our camp kitchen, am i right?!)

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We got our hands busy Saturday, creating four different crafts throughout the day! Everybody had their own take on things and each one was so pretty and showed a little more about the person who made it! That’s what I love best — seeing the heart of each person come out in the things they create! (Such a reflection of our Creator, no?!)

I’m personally thankful for this time carved out of otherwise busy living, but it also seemed everyone else left a little more refreshed than when they came!

Thank you, ladies, for coming to spend the weekend with us at #whispermtncraftivities ! If you missed out this time, we hope you can make it the next time! More than that, we hope you are able to carve out some white space of your own! You’ll be thankful you did!

[Author & Photos: Cassi]

Now Hiring Summer Staff

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Crazy, but true — it’s already¬†time to begin praying in and rounding up our 2017 Summer Staff Team! In case you didn’t know our summer staff are a pretty major deal around here. Camp wouldn’t be what it is without them! And so of course we are looking for the best of the best to invest in teens all summer long!

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If you are someone or know someone who wants to spend a summer in the mountains of North Carolina proclaiming Christ through camp ministry, please go apply or spread the word today! We are anticipating God to continue to do His great work through Whisper Mountain Camp!

Come be a part!

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The weather couldn’t have been more gorgeous a couple weekends ago¬†as we welcomed a small group of men to our Shoot Straight Retreat. Men came to Whisper Mountain to get away from their responsibilities for a while and to¬†breathe slower and deeper¬†with a little man time¬†in the woods! Fathers and sons came together which made¬†for an even more memorable time.

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100 yard shoot was challenging and fun!

Pros and amateurs alike enjoyed the challenge of the 3D Archery Tourney!  Bears, turkey, deer, boar and a few other 3D animal targets could be found scattered throughout our woods awaiting the rounds of arrows heading for their kill zone! Some arrows met their mark, and well, some never did! But in the end, the getting away, the connecting and the encouragement made the weekend a success!

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Here’s what one person¬†said about the men’s weekend:

We are already looking forward to next year! Mark your calendars for October 6-8, 2017! We hope to see you then, if not sooner!

 

Our Ten Year Staff Reunion

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Labor Day weekend was quite the weekend as we celebrated ten years of ministry! We were thankful to share the day with a few locals, a few board members and spouses and about half of our over-the-years summer staff!¬†I’m not sure how the others felt, but remembering God’s faithfulness¬†—¬†His big and sometimes quiet work in, around and for us — goes a long ways to encourage our walking right now!

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Sharing laughter with our staff over the memories and retelling of favorite camp stories was completely delightful! Hearing Shaun’s well composed “poem” of all the campisms from over the years was perfectly hilarious and memorable!¬†Reconnecting, though it wasn’t enough time,¬†was refreshing as we¬†caught a glimpse of how far God has brought each of us on our journeys, as varied and different as they all are!

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I’m¬†amazed how something like summer camp can gather such different people together to walk in the same direction in ways that benefit all of us but glorify God above all! The Whisper Mountain Family is made up of¬†some pretty stellar people, and it just keeps growing as we¬†welcome in special someones of past staff and as we continue to be faithful to Proclaiming Christ through camp ministry in the years to come!

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Summer Staff, keep proclaiming Christ where you are! You are beautiful people¬†that have helped make Whisper Mountain effective on any level! We love you and can’t wait for next time!

Thank you to all of you who have been a part of our ministry in some way over this past decade! We have seen God together, haven’t we? May He continue to be real and in our midst, for His glory alone!

 

Are you coming to our Mosaics Workshop?

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It’s almost time for our upcoming Mosaics Workshop! In fact in just one week, our instructor, Texan Mosaic Artist Sarah Paul, will be leading us on the basics of creating mosaic art as we craft a tray of our own design! We are really looking forward to her coming and our spending the day making!

All supplies, lunch and snacks are provided! Come at 9 and leave by 4 with your new piece in hand and a refreshed spirit to boot! The cost for the day is $75. If staying overnight $100.

If you haven’t confirmed your attendance already, we need to know as soon as possible! Email Cassi@WhisperMountain.org¬†.¬† We hope to see you there!