A Basketball Team Escapes the Noise

2019 kaleigh team laughing

Last weekend we had a middle school basketball team come to camp for a retreat! Kaleigh, who was first a camper and then a summer staffer, is now a teacher and coach! She wants more for her team than just a winning record on the court! She is after their hearts knowing and loving Jesus! Which of course we think is amazing and we want to support in any way we can!

2019 kaleigh team worship

The team giggled their way through the weekend, having moments alone with Jesus, moments of worship with former staff Hayden and challenges by Kaleigh and Shaun.

2019 kaleigh team gym

They worked on their team unity and strength with our Low Ropes Elements. They were even able to catch a local game in town while they were here!

2019 kaleigh team group

We don’t know if this was the most life-changing weekend of their entire lives, but we do know their group left stronger and more sure of God’s love for them. Do you find the same true in your own life as we do in ours: that those small things in our walks with the Lord are really the big things? A little more surrender, a little more trusting, a little more growing! When it comes to the things of the heart, those things take time! So keep investing in your walk with the Lord. He is always working!

We are thankful to have had the time to invest in these girls along with Kaleigh (and Brent who drove the bus and hung out all weekend!). These times away really matter!

(want to have your own retreat with us? visit our retreat page for more information!)

Author | Cassi  >>  Photography | Cassi & Brent

 

January in Pictures [2014]

[the following pictures are a combo of iphone + camera to highlight our month for you!]

JanuaryinPictures-1Ringing in the New Year | Celebrating Snow | Hearing God's whisper
Hiring New Staff Member Manny | "Seeing" Kyle

JanuaryinPictures-2Marketing WM | Welcoming First Campers of 2014
Sunshine + Palm Trees for 2 Staffers | Staying Warm

JanuaryinPictures-3Togetherness | Unending Work | Slippery Driveways
Winter Crazies | Pecking Crows Problem | Sharing Work with Friends

January has already brought some hiccups, frustrations and stress, but strewn throughout all of that are the moments of delight, togetherness, and purposeful living. Whisper Mountain is in full gear prepping for our summer program, expanding and improving our facilities, and filling the calendar with many people coming to escape their noise and encounter God's whisper! We are thrilled!

Have you planned a getaway to Whisper Mountain yet? Now's a great time to gather some people and make some plans! We would delight in serving you!

so we practiced + video postcard

Escape the Noise at Whisper MountainWhisper Mountain Staff is amazing at telling and helping others get away to hear God’s whisper. It’s our motto for Pete’s sake! Escape the Noise. Encounter the Whisper. The thing we struggle with is practicing this ourselves. Kinda feels like when Mom tells Kid to do something she’s not doing herself. Yah. Love that conviction…eep!

Well, the other weekend we were given the privilege and gift of practicing! We had some amazing folks fly in from Iowa to invest in us. Our time was wonderful. They are wonderful! They simply shine Jesus!

Be Still 1A couple filled with the grace and tenderness of God, they are both inspiring, real and the perfect match to bring our staff much needed reminding, refocusing and refreshing–both physically and spiritually. 

Be Still 2We are quite good at the business of serving, even sacrificially. What is harder for us is stopping. Quieting ourselves in God’s presence–listening, inquiring, leading from His presence. All.The.Time. Our weekend was spent practicing the stopping.

Be Still 4Stopping to consider His deep love. Not for the camper, not for the summer staff, not for the donor, not for the other guy–for us individually. Stopping to consider His longing for us to just be with Him. Stopping to consider the great adventure of allowing Him the opportunity to speak and lead us specifically.

Be Still 3We slept in cabins, the Werner kiddos were home with one of our faves, we enjoyed an Appalachian outing, and we simply immersed ourselves in the quiet. Get a glimpse into our weekend with this short video postcard:

 

 

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Pulling out of life to get away takes great effort and a million excuses will arise to keep you from going through with it, but if we are serious about deepening our walks with Christ, getting away can be the perfect jump-start we need. Make the effort. He’s waiting for you!