January 2014 Newsletter

Dear CWR Family, 

Thank you for your support in 2013 and we’re looking forward to lifting the name of Christ Jesus together in 2014 and forever. We greatly appreciate your partnership with us through your prayers, volunteering, and financial investments at Camp Wilderness Ridge.


Restoring, Rebuilding

Restoring Camp Wilderness Ridge began with rebuilding the volunteer RV area. Loblolly Pines forest rebirth on CWR property began in January 2013 with the planting of saplings over 75 acres and a few months later spreading herbicide around each. God provided rains and sun at just the right times for the seedlings growth, some have died, but many have grown now from 18” to 24”. Natural growing pine trees are up to 3’ to 8’ tall.

What’s next? …glad you asked… to build a metal pavilion structure on the site where our Chapel stood. Money was donated to remove the burnt slab and pour a new 52’ x 72’ slab. We’ll spend about $20,000 to erect a metal pavilion structure which CWR has received from insurance funds. Next we have plans to build under the 16’ tall pavilion men's and women's restrooms with a shower in each, storage area (camp programming equipment, tables, etc.) and a serving kitchen. We need to raise approximately $30,000 to complete that phase. A plumber from Colorado visiting the camp yesterday committed to come back with materials to install the in slab plumbing. Praise God.

What else?...thought you would never ask… the last three years our “Lake” has been plagued with algae and overrun with Lily pads. Last fall we were blessed with a Lake Mower (www.lakemower.com) from a friend of CWR who provided the Lake Mower so now the Lily pads are under control. Now we want to eliminate the algae. Aeration of the lake can do that so we plan to purchase and install a Windmill driven aeration system. (www.outdoorwatersolutions.com). The purchase and install is $3,000. We have a CWR supporter that has committed to match each donation dollar for dollar up to $1,500. You can make a donation through www.wildernessridge.com/donate

One more project under consideration is a Fishing Dock on the Lake. To learn about dock possibilities go to: www.ezdocktexas.com and www.dockbuilders.com. We’ll keep you informed.


Please pray with us for CWR, as follows:

  • Thankful for the rains… please keep them coming.
  • Meet financial needs… staff finances (support raising) monthly targets or special gifts, rebuilding camp facilities funds and general funds to meet operation expenses (water, electric, propane, insurance, trash services, staff training, etc.).
  • Full retreats/campouts/conference 2014 Calendar and that each will be well attended and impacted Spiritually.
  • Planning, preparations, and campers (48 campers per week, a total of 336) and staff recruiting for Summer Camps 2014.
  • New Father and Son (11 year old & up) Camp Summer Camp, Saturday, June 28 to Wednesday, July 2.
  • God’s vision, holiness, wisdom and unity for the CWR Board of Directors and permanent staff so that all decisions and actions bring Christ Jesus honor and glory. Next meeting on February 1, 2014.
  • Protection from spiritual attack for all that come to CWR.
  • Hammer Family and specifically Krista with child due to deliver on April 1st. 


Now recruiting Summer Camp Staff

Bryan Turner, Summer Camps Director, is looking for high quality men to be leaders at Summer Camp, both young and old. Over 18 may apply for a variety of paid or volunteer Servant Leader positions, and 13 to 17 year old young men may apply for our SALT (Servant And Leadership Trainee) leadership-development program. Learn more at: www.wildernessridge.com/jobs.

Also, go to: the Camp Wilderness Ridge Facebook page and “Like” us to get the latest information on CWR and help us spread the word about CWR Summer Camps. Bryan is preparing an impactful camp week that will challenge each camper spiritually, mentally, and physically. Register for Summer Camp at www.wildernessridge.com/summer.

CWR is participating in the Austin Family Magazine Camp Fair on January 26th from noon till 4pm. Come see us and bring friends to learn more about CWR and other camping opportunities. Not all participants are Christian camps and even less offer overnight camping experiences but the camp fair is a great outreach where many get to hear about our ministry of Jesus Christ.


Spring 2014 Retreats

Retreat/Camping Director, Jeremy Thomasson is working to fill the 2014 calendar. If you have a group (any size) planning a gathering with a purpose contact Jeremy at jeremy@wildernessridge.com or (214) 718-2618 for details or assistance with planning.

Volunteers Needed

Come serve with us! Check our website to review our calendar of Volunteers Needed dates.


Too Cool Adventure Race

CWR is a part of the 10th annual Adventure Race in the Smithville Area. We can't give away too many details, but we're looking forward to working with them! We need 15 volunteers to help facilitate this fun event! Please contact Jeremy Thomasson if you can help out at jeremy@wildernessridge.com or (214) 718-2618.


World Renewal – Green Shirts

Green Shirts groups from Chicago, Florida, and the DFW area are coming to Bastrop County to serve the Wildfire victims' recovery through clean-up and rebuilding projects for the next 4-6 weeks. The groups are staying overnight at camp and using our kitchen. We’re excited to be hosting each group every week. The first group arrives on January 25th.


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Christ Jesus,

“Ranger” Ron Hunt (66),
Camp Director
(512) 554-5074

Be on your guard;
Stand firm in the faith;
Be men of courage;
Be strong.
Do everything in love.
— I Corinthians 16:13-14