The Idyllwild Pines Volunteer Weekend was a big success. We want to thank all our volunteers, including John Aufhammer, Caleb Bradley, Tricia, Bobby, Abby, and Micah Nieves, Malia Goodwin, and the San Fernando Valley Baptist Youth Association. We also want to thank the members of our staff that contributed, including The Ruelas Family, The Schlenz Family, Kurtis Mitchell Smith, and Kevin and Mary Relyea. Thank you Mary for taking such excellent pictures.
Our Operations Director, Kelly Schlenz, who helped organize the weekend said, “If you build it they will come!” Many times in my life I have heard this famous mantra uttered. The line from the classic baseball hit movie Field of Dreams resonated with-in me as we began the process of planning our first ever Idyllwild Pines Volunteer weekend. If we could put together a fantastic weekend of some much need camp projects and mix it up with fun, food and fellowship all for free…well that had to be a winning combination! As I walked away from our planning meeting God quickly reminded me that the success of our weekend hinged much more on Him moving in people’s hearts than whatever “plans” we could concoct. So it quickly became a prayer “Lord if we plan it, we pray YOU bring them!”Continue reading →
With the help of donors, volunteers, and our generous staff, we’ve been able to make quite a few wonderful improvements to our facility. These include, paint in McNeil Hall, a beautiful fresh coat of green paint and inside remodel of cabin 23 and the upgrades and remodel of Cabin 95. Additional improvements to the grounds include, adding benches and cleaning up the hiking trails, renovations to the volleyball court and upgrading our Game Room and basketball court area in Gilboa Camp.
Upgrades to Gilboa Camp Basketball Court and New Pool Table in Gameroom
New Exterior Paint and Interior Upgrades to Cabin 23
Strawberry Creek Clearing and New Benches
Cabin 95 is Beautiful! New Interior Paint, Carpet and a Complete Remodel of the Bathroom!
We would like to thank our Donors and Volunteers who have contributed to the success of Idyllwild Pines, through your prayers, your donations, and your service. You make what we do possible, and positively affect lives.
We also want to give a special thank you to “PA Coatings” for the generous paint donation.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
“A clear head and a deep understanding are of no value without a benevolent and charitable heart. There may be an open and lavish hand, where there is not a liberal and charitable heart. Doing good to others will do none to us, if it be not done from love to God, and good-will to men. If we give away all we have, while we withhold the heart from God, it will not profit” (Christ Notes)
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
“In all that future world of glory, not one shall ever die; not a grave shall ever be dug! What a view do we begin to get of heaven, when we are told there shall be no “death” there! How different from earth, where death is so common; where it spares no one; where our best friends die; where the wise, the good, the useful, the lovely die; where fathers, mothers, wives, husbands, sons, daughters, all die; where we habitually feel that we must die. Assuredly we have here a view of heaven most glorious and animating to those who dwell in a world like this, and to whom nothing is more common than death. In all their endless and glorious career, the redeemed will never see death again; they will never themselves die. They will never follow a friend to the tomb, nor fear that an absent friend is dead. The slow funeral procession will never be witnessed there; nor will the soil ever open its bosom to furnish a grave” (biblehub, Barnes’ notes on the bible).
After Mikaila Ulmer was stung by a bee at age four, her parents encouraged her to research bees and find out why they are so important for our environment. Instead of growing to hate bees because of the sting, she became a huge bee fan! Resolved to help protect and preserve the honeybee, Mikaila (now ten years old) began selling a lemonade of her own invention, inspired by a recipe handed down by her grandmother. That lemonade was eventually developed into BeeSweet Lemonade, Mikaila’s very own brand, which recently received a $60k Shark Tank investment in order to further develop.
BeeSweet Lemonade is free from caffeine and high fructose corn syrup, using only honey from local bees as a sweetener. Mikaila also donates part of her profits to organizations that preserve the honeybee.
“The more passionate you are about what you do,” says Mikaila, “the better you do it, and the more fun you’ll have watching it, and you need to have perseverance to make your business bigger and better. . .courage, passion, and perseverance.” What wise words!
Ten year old Mikaila Ulmer is fearlessly pursuing her passion and making a positive difference in the world! You’re never too small to follow your heart. The bible tells us that whatever we do we should do it with passion and for the glory of God. Mikaila is a wonderful example, showing us that it doesn’t take power or authority to make a difference. What it takes is vision and heart, and the rest will follow after.
Encounter:924 is not your typical summer camp job experience. This is a program designed to help students, under the leadership of a former fortune 500 CEO, to gain Confidence, Hope and Courage to make an impact in their generation. See Highlights from 2014!
Developed at Idyllwild Pines Camp, ENCOUNTER:924 is a unique summer experience that gives students the opportunity to develop a significant leadership advantage. It empowers them to live purposefully, to lead confidently, and to make a greater positive impact in every life context; whether in their Career, Marriage, Parenting, Ministry or Community.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Notice that peace comes from God, and not our mind. Peace is the response of God to those who seek Him, for God’s presence places all of our circumstances in a different perspective. Our minds are prone to project the worst that can happen, but a mind that is steadfast upon God is confronted with the fact that God is in control. Renewing our minds with this reality causes trust, and that trust opens our hearts to peace.
Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
The phrase “above all things” makes love first priority above all other virtues. We see the priority of love in other passages such as these:
I Corinthians 13: 13 “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Colossians 3: 14 “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”
Love is the most important virtue (Jn 13:34; I Jn 4:7,8; 3:14) and is indispensable for Christian relationships. Sacrificial love is the first order of importance of living out our relationship to others.
Love is more than simple emotional affection but a divine capacity to sacrifice self for others. This kind of love is at the very essence of the love of God (Jn. 3:16). The very essence of God is love (I Jn 4:8) for God loves us with an everlasting, an unconditional love. God loves without limit. Such love manifests itself in unlimited sacrifice for others.