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!
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.
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!
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
Sometimes our world can feel overcome by darkness and suffering. The way America is headed can feel daunting and too far gone. But I’m here to tell you … there is a generation of people who still have a heart for Jesus. There are still young people in pursuit of Jesus and desire to spread His light with the world! One of our favorite things about working in camp ministry is the privilege of catching glimpses of God’s work in the hearts of teenagers. To watch Him raise up the next generation to proclaim His name and bring Him glory!
A couple weeks ago we welcomed Salt & Light Youth to camp for the sole purpose of learning to study God’s Word. This retreat was not for the faint of heart. They spent hours reading and re-reading and discussing and seeking to understand the text and the heart of God.
Not every teen will come and do this, but we loved watching this group dive in and wrestle with the things of God!
We are excited to continue to share the journey with this crowd of people when they return this summer!
Until then…may we each make getting into God’s Word our top priority this year! Encountering Him is life-changing and life-giving! (If you don’t have a Bible-reading plan yet, we have an easy and trackable and FREE printable to help with just that! Click here to print it!)
Over the weekend, Whisper Mountain kicked off our 2014 year by welcoming and enjoying the company of Gravity Student Ministries from South Carolina in for a winter retreat! Many people only think of us as a summer camp, but indeed that is false!! We are busy little bees year-round! (something to remember!)
The days were cold, but a bum barrel helped those waiting their turn on the high ropes course!
Snowboarding and tubing were highlights of the weekend for the teens. The recent snows and the beautiful sunny day was perfect for such fun! (Nice having Cataloochee Ski Area nearby!)
The youth group led their own worship and teaching this weekend, so our staff was able to focus on connecting and serving — something we really do enjoy!
We loved having you, Calvary! May you carry the spiritual growth from your weekend into your daily lives at home!
| A few more pictures can be found on our facebook page |