As the Christmas season is upon us there has been such a sense of thankfulness here at the camp. Thankfulness to donors who have given so effortlessly and with great joy, to people who have given their time to make things happen in the past year such as the bunkhouse where on one day we had 27 volunteers out to put the bunk beds together from home depot, citi volunteers, john price and his crew from Ga and others like mike couper, dave tull, alan odum and doug leonard. Each of these men and women have sacrificed and given so much of their time and skill to complete the bunkhouse.
Then this summer our counselors literally 'came out of the wood work' in a way. Only 3 of our counselors had ever even volunteered with Pathfinders before. These great men and women spent their summer pouring their hearts out to change the lives of the campers that came through either in our normal camps or in a retreat. Thank you to each and everyone of you.
Then there are our givers that were in our last blog like J Arthor Law in Jonesborough or DBL Homes and Bracken Paving. These are only a few of our platinum givers but that doesn't even begin to cover the numerous individuals that gave so students could come to camp!
Numerous people who came to volunteer to help with the kitchen and other areas like the worship services, and stayed till the job was done so the campers had a great and meaningful time at camp.
As we see the close of this year and remember the lives that were poured out in service to our Lord Jesus Christ and then look at the lives that were changed and directed towards Him we are overwhelmed with thankfulness to God for allowing us to be used by Him in such a cool way.
Looking forward to next year, we are eager to see the crazy amazing changes happen here at the camp like last year!
And Christmas in our culture has to do with a lot of presents so here are some of the ones we received this year that stick out in our brain!
-John Price and his GA crew surprised us with a flatbed full of lumber that made up 80% of the lumber we needed to construct the bunk beds. The big red bow flew off on the way here but our faces still shined like a beam when we saw the amazing load of lumber.
-When two different camps donated all the mattresses, and then some, that we needed for the bunkhouse.
-When Summit Leadership called and told us to come pick-up an amazing chandelier someone had donated because they knew it should go in our barn/meeting hall.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE GIVEN OF THEIR TIME, HEARTS AND FINANCES TO PUSH FORWARD IN WHAT GOD IS DOING HERE AT PATHFINDERS YOUTH CAMP!