we practiced what we preach!

Slumbering-woodOur full-time staff just came off a first-ever staff retreat! We are pretty good about preaching it…get away into the quiet to find rest and refreshment and to hear God's whisper. We have it down, in word. We struggle as a unit to practice it! But we got away! We planned, we prayed, we played! Fabulous! Just hanging out and cracking up was a refreshing change from the on mission, get some work done atmostphere we are used to!

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Staff-retreat-04And we got to spend a little time with these goofballs summer staffers who lived in the area!Staff-retreat-goof-duo

Staff-retreat-goof-kt(yes, I just posted this picture of you KM!!)


Staff-retreat-goof-chrisI'm already thinking ahead to the next one…this time all play and no work!


Staff-retreat-whole-groupHmn. Just what should we do?! (any interested sponsors?!)

***thank you to the generous folks allowing us to stay in their mountian home for the weekend! You are awesome, we are blessed! May God heap goodness down on you for loving us!***

Awesomeness Takes the Stage // Katie

Here we go with our second staff highlight! (catch the first one here)

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// welcomed in love but came prepared with her own "love"! //

Awesomeness-kt1// finds a happy spot while rock climbing //

Awesomeness-kt2// is the perfect balance of girl and tom boy //

Awesomeness-kt3// also a member of the Bros on Ice Band (silliness at WM!)

Awesomeness-kt5// fun to be with no matter who you are //

Peek insideKatie was our first camper at Whisper Mountain. She came up from Florida to go on a backpacking trek the first summer we were open (six years ago)! Since then she's kind of worked her way into our affections and made herself part of the family, returning each summer to help out! We wouldn't have it any other way! 

Cassi: Why did you want to be a Guide (summer counselor) this year?

Katie: I sound so shallow but I just love it here!

Cassi: Um, you're not shallow, it's just awesome here! What do you wanna be when you grow up?

Katie: Either a lawyer or a philosopher for Christ, kind of a CS Lewis type thing

Cassi: (sheesh, she's so smart!) What's your favorite verse?

Katie: James 1:19 "everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger"

Cassi: Do you have anything you want our WM friends to be praying for?

Katie: that I will be listening for what He's saying to me and with the whole philosophy thing that I will be able to answer in wisdom

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Katie's heart isn't always shared in words but is most definitely shared through the spending of her energies each day. Such fun and full of love! I'm grateful for her being a part of our camp but also our lives! She's pretty awesome! Please be in prayer for her as she serves with us this summer!

Wishing you heaps of awesomeness in your day!