On many levels, we are in crunch time here at Whisper Mountain. While we all feel it, I'm pretty sure Marty is bearing the greatest pressure just now. In a week's time this volunteer cabin needs to be ready to welcome our summer cook! Let's just stop there for a second–we have a summer cook! Can you rejoice with Patti please?! (We are down some helpers in the kitchen, so if you'd like to volunteer, contact us!)
Marty has been giving his all during the day, and paying for it during the night. Pure exhaustion these days and summer hasn't begun! Do pray for him!
Standing on the front porch, the creek can be heard, as can the chorus of birds and countless other creatures of the woods. Quite peaceful and restoring! I'm already making plans for a personal retreat here this fall!
There will be much to share as time allows! Thank you for understanding the quiet of this space lately! Though you can't tell from where you're sitting, much is going on here and still much more to come! We hope you'll journey with us along the trail!
Both wonderful and dreadful is the coming and going of many amazing people in our camp world. Getting to know, hear the stories of, be challenged by such diverse people always puts me in awe of how God works intimately and intricately with His people, for His people and through His people. A tapestry of beauty. More than thirty years ago, Marty and Patti met Dennis and Corrie Stone at college. Time carried on, paths went different ways, and life got busy as it always does. They kept in sparse contact over the years, until last year when the Stones (who are both teachers) wondered if they could come serve with us for the summer. Corrie became our cook (bless her!) (this summer's kitchen crew!)
and Dennis became our help in grounds & general maintenance! (this summer's maintenance crew)
I think I speak for us all when I say that they blessed our socks off as we served with them and got to (re)know them! As this summer approached we were excited to hear they wanted to give their time and energy for the month of June! You know those people that you can pick right back up where you left off, as if you never said goodbye? Like they are part of the family? That's how it is with the Stones. We laughed with them, struggled with them, shared our world with them! Not too challenging to feel at home with them! What is dreadful about feeling at home with people is the saying goodbye. Today we said goodbye to these most humble, fun and generous people!
But all wrapped up in the dreadful is the wonderful! In their going they have left us to soak up the love they shared, hearts to make God famous, encouragement through having watched them pour themselves out with no thought to themselves. They have left that scarlet thread that never really leaves our tapestries, but continues to weave us together in the family of God until that day when we never say goodbye again!
I thought I would just give you a glimpse of some of the faces that filled our week at camp!
Who was here?
- 2 families (who drove 12 hours from Florida) spent 5 days of their spring break working around the camp (I am always amazed that people give their vacations to come work…How cool is that?!)
They were also here to help with a…
- Local school field trip: the younger kids beat the older kids at tug-of-war, which earned them the right to popsicles first!!!!
The morning we said goodbye to the families we had a couple hours to clean so we could welcome in…
- A group from Georgia: they are here to do a little spring break service themselves!
Our week ends tomorrow after clean-up and locals paintball!
The week has been fast, furious, exciting, exhausting, fruitful and all because of Jesus!
And it all starts again on Sunday night!
I'm so glad I get to serve at camp (most days…just keepin' it real here folks! Anyone feeling "called" to camp cooking?!!)