For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
We all have talents and abilities God has given us. We are equipped by God. Discover your gift, take care of it, develop it, and learn to use it to serve others.
So we say in confidence, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
Sometimes we forget that God is on our side, and that He will always deliver us in victory. Ask for help and He shall come to your aid. He listens and He comforts. He is our father and He protects. Today, let us remember that we are helped by the Almighty. God Bless You.
Idyllwild Pines is featured in the October/November 2013 issue of CCCA’s InSite Magazine. InSite Magazine wrote an article specifically spotlighting the power of partnerships for camps.The article, Reach out, Reach Farther, explains the mutual success Idyllwild Pines Camp & Conference and USC Troy camp have had in accomplishing the shared goal of mentoring Today’s youth.
To read more about Idyllwild Pines, USC Troy Camp, and creative partnerships click the link : Reach Out, Reach Father
On Monday, July 15th. at 1:43 pm, a wildfire broke out at Mountain Center, about 5 miles away from Idyllwild Pines Camp & Conference. The town of Idyllwild faced no threat from the fire up until Wednesday, July 17th. The winds changed the direction of the flames. This change made Idyllwild no longer a safe area. As plumes of smoke took over the Idyllwild sky. Idyllwild residents were mandated to evacuate.
Quickly, IPCC sent summer staff interns and other staff down the hill to safety. Although the IPCC family was not together physically, in spirit, we prayed and waited together. We knew God had a purpose and He was in control. Yesterday, by no coincidence, it rained. God reigns and He made it rain. Idyllwild was spared. Today, Idyllwild’s evacuation orders been lifted and with that the roads are open to all.
Today, we are happy that our administrative staff and leadership are back at Idyllwild Pines. Idyllwild Pines is safe and there is no fire damage.
Thank you all for the prayers and blessings. Thank You God for your provision.
Idyllwild Pines Camp & Conference is the place to be this summer! College students from all over the United States are interning here! Quickly, students have come to discover that an Idyllwild Pines’ internship is unique because it provides discipleship and friendship.
Early on in the program the student interns gain training and experience in the specialized field:
After being placed in their positions, interns are spiritually mentored by year-round staff. The interns gather for corporate worship, bible study, and daily devotionals. We recognize that discipleship is crucial in developing young adults to become representatives of Jesus Christ.
While living on the campgrounds, interns rapidly develop long lasting friendships. As kids, we meet our best friends at camp, and working at a summer camp is no different. Camp is always the best place to meet that friend that, well, “just gets you”. We encourage our interns to come together and hold each other accountable in their walk with God.
This internship is more than gaining experience; it’s about having a transformative and renewing experience with God. Idyllwild Pines Camp & Conference is the place to serve the Lord, become a leader, and gain long lasting friends in the process. Keep checking in for more exciting and amazing stories and testimonies about the summer interns and the program.
Outcome or Execution?
Have you ever noticed that under pressure something that you can do, have done, and have practiced many times, fails you? For me that was piano as a kid. No matter how hard I practiced, I often messed up at the obligatory piano recital in front of a room full of parents. We know this as the concept of choking under pressure. This, I recently learned, happens when under pressure our focus shifts from execution to outcome.
The same thing happens in our camps. We can focus so much on ministry as an outcome (running programs, directing staff, teaching Bible studies and speaking) that we can forget about the execution of ministry in our own life. If you are like me, when I read the Bible or have personal devotions I am always on the lookout for a passage that might be useful for staff meeting, speaking at fireside, a message in church, or the next board devotion. In fact, when I read this passage and the devotion that went with it, I thought this would be good to share with the FCC Executives at our next meeting, which I did. A self-fulfilling example of being outcome oriented.
As camp staff in Christian camps we should be driven to ensure that ministry is taking place at all levels of our operations, which needs to include our own time in the Word. We need to do this not just to be prepared for ministry in our camps, but because knowing God and growing in our relationship with him is his highest calling in our own life.
If you would like to submit a Words to Grow On devotional thought for Thursday Mail, write 100–200 words, include at least one Bible verse and send it to email@example.com.
Leadership from Troy Camp shares why camp is so important for the kids in their program. We also had a special opportunity to interview the founder, Otis Healy, who continues to support USC since 1948. For more information visit www.troycamp.org.