great is thy faithfulness

remember back in february when i started this blog that i was going to so faithfully post on?  summer got so crazy and chaotic and i never got the chance to write -- our camp internet situation was no help either.  i have survived ten weeks of summer camp and a week-long celebration of echo ranch's 50th birthday and have thankfully found myself in a few days of rest before our three week fall retreat season starts.

i don't even know where to start, but i guess a picture is worth 1,000 words so maybe this will save us all some time...

tiffany and I the night before the counselors flew home

campers around the campfire on their last night of camp

kimberly and i getting ready to guard for Mission Impossible -- a night game that we play with junior and senior high

after paint war with haley and elena

allison (a counselor) and i with two of our junior counselors

denali, a colt camper (7-9 year olds) and i on the sports field during relays 

the lifeguard chair on the beach during sunset

kristen, one of the counselors, and i at their thank-you banquet

allison and i at their good-bye bbq

these are a few glimpses of what summer looked like at echo ranch this summer.

 840 campers 
10 weeks of camp
lots and lots of rain

i've been so blessed by the five years of camp that i have served here so far -- i've seen God work in tremendous ways in my life and in the lives of others.  

last week we had a week-long celebration of 50 years of God's faithfulness to the ministry at echo ranch.  most of our past directors and many past staff members, campers and volunteers came to share parts of the week with us.  the week was full of stories of how God has been working here since the beginnings of this ministry.  it was so encouraging to hear all the stories from the past and share what is currently happening in the ministry, as well as our vision for the future.  

tomorrow we start our fall retreat season with a group from the juneau charter school.  the next three weeks we will have groups from the community joining us on retreats before we close up for the winter. 

hopefully now that we are transitioning into less of a chaotic season i'll become a little bit more consistent of a blogger again, but until then...