We’re Hiring!

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We are looking for that unique person who has a passion for the Great Commission, knows how to lead people, loves food, and has a heart/vision for how God can impact lives through the creation of great dining experiences at camp.

If you are passionate about helping people grow in their relationship with Jesus, like what you see in the job description, desire to serve the Lord in a Southern California camp ministry that is impacting lives for eternity, every week, we welcome you to begin the process by calling us today at (951) 659-2605.

Take a look below for more information on our open position: Food Service Ministry Director.

FSMD Job Description

FSMD Cover Letter

Statio Weekend 2016 Update!

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Statio2016-50Thank you so much for following and praying for our Statio Weekend almost two weeks ago! We couldn’t wait to give you an update!

It was an awesome weekend! God brought 120 students who were ready and it was perfect! Praise God! It was so apparent that He moved in many hearts. The leaders and students testified that there was clear witness that they were encountering God and making decisions with eternal implications. We could see this in their actions and on their faces!

The speakers shared clear, love-filled, humble, and spirit-led messages while the students and their leaders spent hours processing the questions they were given and opening their hearts to one another. Our staff and volunteers did a great job serving and loving the campers!

And the weather even cooperated!

Everyone had fun! Paintball, bubble ball, archery, ping pong, billiards, zip line, giant swing, and more!  Check out #statio2016 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for some great stories, and see here for some of the moments we were able to capture throughout the weekend!

WOW. It was truly a moment between moments that will not be soon forgotten.

We know that prayer was significant because God says so! We thank God for the hearts He has given us to pray.

In Christ,

Kevin

Executive Director, Idyllwild Pines

Encounter 924 – The Lucas Barton Story

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IMG_0224Lucas Barton attended Encounter 924 at Idyllwild Pines Camp this past summer. Not only was it his first time living away from home and living in a close community with roommates, but this was also his first time he would be getting real job experience!

Lucas quickly realized that he didn’t quite know everything like he thought he did while in high school.  Transitioning from high school to becoming an adult was not going to be an easy task, and he discovered he needed guidance to help him get to the next step on his journey.  Lucas didn’t have plans to go to college and wasn’t really sure what he was going to do. 

Coming to Idyllwild Pines Camp was the most logical step for him and he was glad he did. It truly helped him get a new perspective on life, and he says his family doesn’t recognize the “new” Lucas.  (“the old one was not a very positive person to be around, and had an attitude,” according to Lucas)  If you were to meet Lucas today, you would see nothing but smiles.  He made a very important decision: he was going to be someone who represented Jesus.

By being around others in his group, he realized that he needed to mature and the people who poured into him while at Idyllwild Pines Camp helped with his growth.  Lucas commented that there were some valuable lessons he learned about trust, integrity and being a hard worker.  His caring and helpful attitude was a major factor and helped him quickly to be accepted.  Today, Lucas is working three jobs with a renewed sense of commitment to excellence! He is getting excellent feedback from supervisors and his confidence is up!

“I would recommend Encounter 924 to any high school graduates whether they are going to college or not because I feel that it will help prepare them for what’s ahead and give them a new perspective of what it will be like on your own making important decisions for the future!”

Face to Face!

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‘Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?”  He said, “No, rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.”  And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?”  The captain of the LORD’s host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.’  (Joshua 5:13-15 NASB)

When the great Joshua, leader of the Israelites, found himself confronted by the almighty God, his response was to humbly bow before Him in worship and obedience.

How do you respond when you come face to face with Jesus Christ, who willingly died in your place and rose from the dead, to bring you freedom from sin and death?

Do you recognize Him as the Holy Son of God?  Do you recognize Him as your personal Lord and Savior?  Do you ask what He has to say to you?

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Rochelle Lloyd is the Administration Manager at Idyllwild Pines Camp and Conference Center.

God’s Battle Plan To Redeem His People

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By: Kasandra Lovett

There are many examples in the bible where God says the unexpected, picks the unexpected and does the unexpected.  That is what occurs in the first four chapters of Exodus as God lays out His battle plan to redeem His people, the Children of Israel.

It is an Epic story of an unlikely hero who was for sure the guy and then not the guy, but then the guy again….called by the very voice of God!  This is the story of Moses. This is the story of each one of us!

In Exodus 3:8, Moses encounters God from a burning bush. God tells him, “So I (God) have come down to deliver them (The Children of Israel) out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey…”  Then tells Moses “Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people out of Egypt!”

Moses basically tells God…

“Say that again!”

“Not Me Lord!”

“Can’t someone else do it?”

God assures Moses it will be OK and lays out His plan like it’s no big deal… He says to Moses, “I will be with you and I will bring you right back to this place you stand. I want you to walk right into Egypt declare My name, “The Great I Am”, use your rod that will turn into a snake, and go to the King of Egypt and tell him, “The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us, now, let us go three days to sacrifice to the Lord!” And when Pharaoh doesn’t listen I will strike him with My wonders, giving the him chance after chance to change his mind.  By My hand the Children of Israel will be saved!”

Unfortunately, Moses was having a hard time wrapping his mind around what God was asking for him to do. He was standing in disbelief and fear that he was chosen to do this.  It was very unexpected and sudden but God did keep his promises.  God performed many signs and wonders through Moses and the children of Israel were set free just as God promised.

This was an amazing event in their lives that they celebrate to this day but this was not the only time God had to deliver His people either.  Another story is found in 2 Chronicles 20 when Jehoshaphat was in trouble and coming under attack. You would have never guessed God’s plan to save His people!

The passage tell us… A great multitude was coming from beyond the sea and Jehoshaphat feared. The Lord tells him, “Do not be afraid for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”

Jehoshaphat tells his people, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:

“Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.”

Now when they began to sing! and to praise!, the Lord set ambushes against the people who had come against Judah; and they were defeated!

Our God is amazing!  He is certainly way bigger than any circumstance, addiction, worry, heartache or fear in our life. Can you truly believe this?

Both stories show us that there is no way we can predict God’s next move, not only in what’s happening in the world but especially in our own lives.  Just like He tells us in Isaiah 55:8, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

The only way we will succeed is by daily taking our thoughts captive and let God win the victory!

When we obey, put our excuses aside and let God show His glory through us, miracles will happen. Compared to His glory we are very insignificant and powerless. Our flesh tells us, “If it’s got to be! It’s up to me!”  We find ourselves working tirelessly trying to find our way, to find happiness, or to seek that next adventure to fill that void in our heart but God is simply telling us to, “Be Still and Know that I am God!”

He wants us to have the true Joy of knowing with confidence that He is the Sovereign God. He wants to become our Lord and Savior. For our salvation comes from the Lord!

From the beginning, God had a very unpredictable battle plan for the redemption of His people.  Galatians 4:3 tells us, “Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”

As Children of God we are promised,  “…that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”  (John 3:14-17)

Now, as the Redeemed, we have an important role in God’s Battle Plan. In Matthew, we are told by Jesus just what to do so God can redeem His people! He tells us, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

“So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs and wonders.” (Mark 16:19)

Followers of Jesus are equipped by His signs and His Wonders to redeem His people.

In both the Old Testament and the New Testament we are told to Go! We do not have to fear for God is with us! Arise! Stand on your feet, Jesus has called us for this purpose, to make us a minister and a witness both of the things which we have seen and of the things which will yet be reveal (Acts 26:16).. God will deliver us and we will one day be reunited with Him!

To God Be The Glory! And May He Show His Glory through Us! Amen!

Kasandra Lovett, Sales and Marketing Director

Kasandra Lovett is the Sales and Marketing Director at Idyllwild Pines Camp. She has more than 20 years’ experience in woman’s ministry and leads the women’s bible study. She has a passion to study and teach God’s word and help people to Know, Love and Follow Jesus.

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“The Pause; that impressive silence,that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, however so felicitous, could accomplish it.”

- Mark Twain

 

We are driven and called to pursue our future. We anxiously wait for the day where all our plans come to fruition, where each one of our meticulously thought out dreams come together and show us a glimpse of what is to come!

But there is a time before that day where we still reside. During this time, we should be taking advantage of our moments where we can cherish the blessings of now before the promises of tomorrow take ahold of our lives.

We all need a moment between moments!

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We are very excited to began planning for our annual Statio weekend for high school senior groups! We want to embrace the time before transition and focus on who God intends for us to be in the coming months of future. We can’t wait to see all of the worship, paintball, archery, bonding, and legacy building to take place!

Check back soon for details on what this incredible weekend will bring for over 350 high school seniors and leaders, and feel free to talk to your ministry leader about bringing a group to the Statio weekend! Between the adventure and fellowship, you will not want to miss out!

Check out photos from Statio 2016!

Register Here for Statio 2017: January 20-22, 2017!

 

November 2015 Volunteer Weekend!

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Everyone is invited to join us for our upcoming volunteer weekend the weekend of November 13-15, 2015.  A great time to bring your family or ministry group.  The weekend will include 2 nights lodging, 5 delicious meals and fun activities.

Volunteer Weekend Info and Schedule

To register click here.

For more information please email info@idyllwildpines.com or call us at (951) 659-2605

Inspiration from the Summer

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As we reflect back on this past summer, we’ve been thinking about some of our favorite moments with staff, campers, and visitors! We wanted to share one, and we hope that it can inspire others like it inspires us!

Back in July, we challenged the campers from LA Church of Christ to write a letter to a future camper telling them what they might encounter when they come to Idyllwild Pines. We got some great responses, some talking about the “amazingly epic events” and others wrote us about their week here being “a special time for me to get closer to God!” How awesome is that!

Below is a letter that moved us, and we hope that it might be able to speak to your heart too!

“Dear Future Camper,

You are very lucky that you have the chance to go to PreTeen camp at Idyllwild Pines.

Some of the activities I enjoyed were the zip line, rock climbing, the big swing and swimming. We had a water war with super soakers and water balloons. Mad hatter hunt is also lots of fun. My friends and I had enjoyed running around camp and exploring the area.

The camp is well organized. They served us different kinds of food and I always found something tasty to eat. There were lots of places to get a drink of water.

The most impacting time at camp were the nighttime devotionals. The singing made me feel happy about worshipping God. The lesson helped me understand that God dreams for all of us [to] do great things for Him. We also had a starlight devotional on Wednesday – it seemed that there were millions of stars in the sky. This made me understand how big God is.

I definitely recommend that you plan on going to camp. You will have the greatest experience with God and all your friends.

Have lots of fun!

 – Alex”

We love having the chance to hear these stories as we get ready for more campers every week! We can’t wait to see Alex and more campers throughout the next year see God how big and impactful God is in our lives.

SkateBoarding Bash 2015!

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This weekend, we saw over 120 people from around the community show up to see our talented youth skate, glide, and ride for Christ! Led by Zac Archuleta and Daniel Yeager from The Lost Boys Project, the Idyllwild Pines Skate Park saw people from all different ages support each other in their pursuit of riding for a greater purpose.

Thanks to Idyllwild Assembly of God Church and The Lost Boys Project for hosting this event!

To check out more photos at this event, head on over to our Facebook page here!

Verse of the Day, Romans 8:25

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Romans 8:25

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

“God writes novels, not sitcoms. He specializes in miracles that take time. He doesn’t cheaply wrap up our stories in a half hour. He’s into setting the scene and fleshing out every character and every plot line down to its last detail.

I’m in the middle of writing a novel right now, and I can attest that it takes a while. I create back stories and intricate plot twists. I have to take my characters through all kinds of crazy things to get them to my perfect ending, which I’ve already planned out. When I get frustrated with how long it’s taking, I press through and remember that God is an author too. He’s writing my story and He’s writing yours. It may seem like it’s taking a long time, but trust me, the ending will be worth it.” (Jennifer E Jones, CBN)