Spraying the Mountain Green

We are continuing to catch you up on the progress of our land for the new camper lodge build this spring. (Did you see this post?) Well, one of them…but that is a story for another post! Today we are showing you how we painted the mountain green!

Before the spraying came the hard, grunt work of cleaning up the sides of the mountains. Raking the rocks out, clearing out the roots, setting the pipe to help steer the drainage down the right parts of the mountain. This kind of work never has anyone excited, but it’s the necessary work everyone gets on board with together. Many hands make light work, or something like that. Dave and Nancy Houchin have been such willing help — we couldn’t be more thankful for them!

Once the ground was prepped, we made the call to our hydroseed guy (Hey, Josh Stephens!), and he began the magical work of spraying our mountain green!

Of course rain on the green is the ideal situation. And of course, we had a bit of a drought following the spray, so we had a few people pass through last spring who hand watered our baby seeds. Isn’t that just true service? I mean really! The small things really are the big things! Not only did they help save the precious investment of hydroseed, they also helped our mountain have lush, green grass all summer long!

Stay tuned for more progress posts to come! Oh, and have we got a curve ball story for you!


Author & Photography | Cassi

Camper Cabins | Phase 1 Continues

This post was written in June of 2021 but was forgotten 🤦🏼‍♀️ …Let’s begin here anyways!

The work continued through the spring!

Did you know we have been preparing our land to build more camper cabins? Sometimes we think everyone knows, but this kind of information can sometimes slip through the cracks, especially for those who may not be on social media much!

We never like turning away larger groups who are wanting to give their teens the Whisper Mountain experience. We do camp a bit different than a lot of other camps. We major on intentional connections and knowing people’s names. We are careful to have purpose to the fun and build up groups as a unit. We help teens escape their noise, to practice quiet each day and offer them the chance to encounter the whisper of God.

Our vision is to never exceed 125 campers at a time because we believe the quality of what we are trying to offer can easily be lost if we get too big. We want each person to continue to feel the personal interaction and be known. We can currently sleep 60 campers in the summer because our summer staff stay in the cabins with them. In retreat season (every season except summer) we can sleep 72 campers. So these new 32 bed camper cabins will step us closer to the goal! And we are completely excited!

We are most thankful for Eddie who has used his expertise to set us up for success in many ways! His knowledge and experience offered ideas and suggestions to help us maximize the land in the best ways and to problem solve with the struggles the mountain offered.

He even has helped us create a place that is useable for campers this summer! We mentioned helping campers practice being quiet. Each morning, surrounded by the beauty and quiet of the mountains, campers go find a spot alone to be still, to interact with God’s Word and to practice listening for His voice. Some teens thrive in this time, others find it uncomfortable and challenging. But God shows up.

Eddie has helped us create some new spots for Solo Time (as we call it) at the very top of our mountain. He’s created a flat space and large rocks for sitting on. The space is breathtaking and beautiful. And when all is quiet, it’s heavenly.

We are paying as we go and as God provides so if you would like to be a vehicle of His provision, you can give using this link!

Thanks for your interest and for sharing our excitement in all God continues to do in and through Whisper Mountain Camp!


Author & Photography | Cassi

Using What We Have

Blinding Vision

Have you ever had a dream or vision for something that you later discovered was blinding you from seeing what you already had right in front of you? Case in point: we are at the place in our ministry where new buildings feel like a pretty big need. One building is the lodge: this will double the amount of teens we can gather for teaching and worship times, will bring the full time staff offices and the camp store up to the center of camp activity, will open up another space for small group meetings, and will allow for a higher quality experience in every way. Building such a place requires dollars which requires fundraising which requires time. This is all still very much on our horizon, but is there a quicker fix utilizing what we currently have?

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The Pack Shack is our answer! Formerly used to store equipment and be a quick shelter from rain, we are now working toward enclosing this space to become our interim gathering space with teens! By next summer, Lord willing!

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Yesterday the concrete floor was poured! Did you see the process in our Instagram stories? If not, here are a few pictures to catch you up!

We have been asking for people to give to our concrete yard sale. This project required 25 yards of concrete and each yard costs $135. Thank you to each of you who have contributed to the pouring of this floor! [We are still short and will have more walkway space to pour when the building is done. If you feel like you want to be a part of helping us make the most of what we already have you can Give Now!]

Shaun had a good time recording some of the process yesterday during the work! We posted them on Instagram — if you want to go see them, head to our feed!

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We are super excited to share the process of this build with you! Maybe you can learn from our experience in this too. Whatever you might be envisioning or feeling too far away from, make the absolute most of what you have now because it will serve as the stepping stone to the bigger picture later on! Keep going. Every step counts.

[Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Marty and Shaun |