God is Good, All the Time!
Wilderness Ridge continues to provide outstanding camping experiences for the Christian community in Texas despite the tremendous setback suffered in the Labor Day fire. We operated retreats for five groups over four weekends this fall, using an outstanding campground a short distance east of our Lost Pines property. Wilderness Ridge staff and volunteers were able to provide great weekends for these groups, utilizing the facilities of Cooper Farm in Ledbetter, TX. After the great success of our Fall retreats at Cooper Farm, we are continuing plans for a full season of Spring retreats. We are confident in our ability to provide an outstanding, low-cost, Christ-centered camping experience for those groups who are lined up for this spring.
Restoration work at the 95 acres in the Lost Pines continues. We have re-established the functionality of our RV park, having brought electric power and Aqua Water Supply water to the campsites at the beginning of November. We are now hosting four Mobile Missionary Assistance Program (MMAP) couples who are accelerating the pace of recovery through their efforts. Along with the MMAPers and the WR staff, many volunteers having been showing up for workdays at the camp.
We are making great progress in our efforts to protect the property and begin the process of restoring the camp. We have been taking down trees that are in danger of falling in critical areas, cleaning up debris at the building sites, spreading rye-grass seed, and taking other measures to accelerate recovery of the property. Work is completed on the well-house and we have enclosed a bathroom facility at the former wood-working shop. We plan to raise a roof over the full foundation in order to provide dry storage for lumber milled from trees cut on the property. We are optimistic about the recovery of the property and are following the recommendations of the Bastrop County Emergency Services Agency and the Texas Department of Forestry. If you have time or resources to help with the work at the camp, please contact Ron Hunt or other staff members for the latest information. Workdays will continue in December and throughout next spring.
Planning is also underway for a full six weeks of Summer Camp in 2012. We are finalizing arrangements for the use of a nearby property in the Lost Pines that would provide a familiar environment for our camps. Utilizing this property will allow us to conveniently continue use of areas of the original camp that are suitable for activities. Please be in prayer that the details are quickly completed and that this opportunity comes to reality. While there is much work to be done in preparation for summer camps, we are confident that God will provide the resources, staff, and volunteers to bring this miraculous recovery about.
We also want to celebrate the love expressed by the friends of Wilderness Ridge in the housewarming party for Ron and Sandy Hunt. Over 60 attended the event hosted by Karen Van Overloop, Karen Kenagy, and Kim Gardiner. The gifts have provided the Hunt’s with a quick start in their path back to a stable, well-established home life. They are now residing at the temporary Camp Directors house, located at 503 Olive Street in Smithville, TX 78957.
Wilderness Ridge continues to receive an outpouring of support, including the donation of a fifth-wheel trailer by a civic leader in Bastrop. The trailer is now in the RV park and will be used as housing by Alex Becerra, an intern at the camp. Alex had been staying with Grandparents near the camp, but that home was lost in the fire.
Wilderness Ridge has been truly blessed by God moving the supporters of our ministry to give of their time and finances. This outpouring of support allows us to continue using the camp experience to establish and develop young people’s relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We have much to celebrate this Thanksgiving and we are truly thankful for a great God. We thank you for your continued support,