He came to serve, not to be served—and then to give away His life in exchange for many ... Mark 10:45
Fall Retreats and Workdays
Fall Retreats are now upon us and with them many opportunities to serve. Workdays for the camp will continue throughout the fall and are critical to keeping the camp safe and welcoming for our guests. Volunteers are also needed for each camp weekend. Please visit the serve page on our website.
8th Grade Servants
On September 23rd, Hyde Park Schools in Austin provided volunteers to work at the camp as part of their Day of Service program. The 40 8th graders and four teachers (including Karen) cleaned the camp buses, readied the cabins, cleared trails, spruced up the marksmanship area and fixed drainage issues at the Lake Pavilion. We were blessed by their enthusiasm, servant spirit and significant accomplishments on a day where the temperatures were over 90°. The group also provided gift cards and gifts that will help us in serving campers.
We have completed two retreats this fall. Launch Global College Station spent a weekend training 50 in preparation for the mission field. We had a beautiful weekend where they diligently applied themselves to learning how to reach others with the Good News.
Hill Country Bible Church Pflugerville fathers and daughters enjoyed a beautiful weekend at the camp, arriving just as night-time temperatures fell below the 60s. They studied John 15, with lessons on The Meaning of Abide.
Still to come in October are three Father-Son groups. We are thrilled to host these meaningful retreats and provide an opportunity for fathers to bond with their children. We have three retreats booked in November.
We are pleased to welcome a new staff member at the camp. Harris McGowan will spend the next 12 months progressing through our Apprenticeship Program, learning new work and life skills. The program provides Wilderness Ridge the resources to prepare and execute camps and retreats while giving young men the opportunity to grow spiritually and vocationally. Harris is interested in working in full-time Christian service and will be involved in all aspects of the camps' operations. Please consider providing monthly support to Harris over the next year as he engages partners to cover his living expenses.
If you know a young man looking for direction and opportunity, encourage them to contact us about the Apprentice Program.
In November we will be hosting teams coming to Bastrop County for disaster recovery work. They will be working on homes in the area which were damaged in the May 2015 floods.
We are continuing our fire recovery efforts at the original property. We want to create an environment that enhances the recovery of the Loblolly Pine forest, while ensuring a safe environment for campers as we expand the areas of operation around the lake and High Ropes activities. We are executing on a plan to increase the usable area for activities on the old site, including the provision of waterfront access to Alum Creek for nature study and outdoor gatherings.