Newsletter & prayer update from Daniel Benoit, Camp Wilderness Ridge Apprentice
Hello everyone! Sorry it has been so long since the last update.
First of all, I would like to thank everyone that is supporting me at Camp Wilderness Ridge. As of January 2015, by the grace of God, I am now 100% funded, meaning all of my salary has come through donations and support from friends and family. Being completely funded not only means less pressure on me as I work in the ministry, but also helps the camp’s finances immensely. Thank you everyone who is supporting me financially but also those who are supporting me through prayer.
This past Christmas season ended up being a wonderful time of fellowship and fun. Summer Camp Director Bryan Turner planned an awesome staff retreat for all past, present and potentially future staff. Spending time with staff from past summers and getting to know others who are interested in working at camp was a great way to spend part of the Christmas season.
While January didn’t include very many big events, there was still quite a lot happening. During January, we had a great volunteer workday, which included projects such as: building new low ropes elements, starting on plans for the camp maze, clearing dead trees, and much more. That was a very tiring day! I have also had the chance to do some of the finishing touches on our new pavilion, which is 100% funded by the way. Other jobs, such as painting and food service have been on my schedule.This past weekend, I took on the task of food service for the men’s retreat from Hill Country Bible Church. Including volunteers, this included cooking for 55-60 people.
In February, our entire camp staff team is traveling to Tyler, Texas to attend the CCCA(Christian Camp and Conference Association) conference. I am very thrilled to attend, as there will be an array of different classes to attend. In particular, I am interested in attending the ServSafe Manager Course. In addition to attending classes, there will be many other people to meet from other Christian camps statewide.
Fast approaching in March is our Spring Break Day Camp for boys and girls age 6-12. This is very thrilling, as it will be an incredible way to reach out to the surrounding community. During spring break we will have the opportunity to share the Gospel many times. Unfortunately, I will be out of town for the second half of Spring Break Camp, but I am hopeful that it will turn out to be a great week filled with ministry. From the 18th-21st of March, I have been chosen by my church, Providence Presbyterian Church, to attend the annual Timothy Conference in Philadelphia. I am very exhilarated about attending.
Although there is much more to talk about, this is just a summary of what has happened in the past couple of months and what is coming up. Working at camp definitely hasn’t gotten dull, as there are always new things to learn and new tasks to embark on.
In conclusion, I would like to mention some serious prayer requests. Both of my grandmothers have been in and out of the hospital for the past month or two. My grandma from my mom’s side has been suffering from a serious infection and will have to take a lot of time to heal. My dad’s mother suffered a stroke not too long ago and is going through a slow healing process.
Thank you for your prayers in the past. Here are the updated request below:
- My dad’s mother as she recovers from a severe stroke.
- My mom’s mother as she recovers from a serious infection.
- For continued healing for my sister Elisabeth as she continues to recover from her stroke in November.
- For my parents and family through this difficult time.
- For successful upcoming Spring Break Day Camps and spring retreats.
- Great learning and enrichment for camp staff and I at upcoming conferences.
- For my continued work in the ministry at Camp Wilderness Ridge.
If you are interested in investing financially, the camp address is “P.O. Box 1025, Smithville, Texas 78957”. DO NOT PUT MY NAME ON THE CHECK. Please address the check to “Camp Wilderness Ridge”.