So we were in the midwest for nearly a month earlier this summer and while there, our family had the privilege of being the missionaries for a family camp which our sending church attends. We know lots of people who go to Red Rock Camp, but had never been. We were greatly looking forward to a week of camp as a family and time to hang out with people from our church as well as meeting new friends. All this was to be enjoyed while getting to share what God is doing all over the world for his glory! What could be better?? Well, the weather could have been a touch better, but otherwise it was an amazing week!
We were challenged by the Word, participated in wonderful worship times of singing and quiet and prayer and communion, laughed with the kids as they enjoyed the children's evangelist, made many crafts (which actually mostly survived the flight home!) and napped and ate and visited with many people. Some wonderful friends we knew when we lived back West now live in MN and they came for a few days with their boys who are either side of our son. The 3 amigos picked up like they'd never been apart (even though it's been 2 1/2 years). It was great fun seeing them laugh and be silly and remember all these stories considering how young they all are! We also got to hang out with some friends we've served at church with for many years. Some we've known since we were barely married and they were still in college. We celebrated 10 years of marriage at camp and we all have kids now.
We were able to share parts of our testimony to encourage others we just met. Sometimes it was encouraging others through amazing blessings God has poured out. Other times it was to encourage others through times of great trial that God has seen us through. I was actually surprised just how much he used some very painful and difficult times in our lives. We had the honor of praying for new friends on a journey much like ours over the past couple years. While praying for them one night during altar/ministry time, I was caught up with emotion for them in thinking through all the emotion of our journey. It was humbling to be able to use our story as testimony to God's goodness, faithfulness, grace and mercy with newfound friends! And of course, we shared about missions and what God is doing worldwide. We love what we do and love seeing God move and getting to take a front row seat many times to His power and might! We saw his movement in the lives of people changed throughout the week too and loved praying with/for people in the evenings! God even used us at the right time in the dinner line to connect a friend to a church needing a youth pastor-what a story!
All in all, we had an amazing time at Red Rock and hope to join everyone again in the future! Our son is emailing a friend from camp and we have many new fb friends! I can't wait until kids camp which is coming right up-it's promising to be just as great!
Carolyn & (sometimes) Ty