Last week we said goodbye to Summer 2016 and to the staff that made our camping ministry possible. We reflected on nine weeks of progressive games, watersports, archery, worship, God talks and more. Nearly 2,000 campers spent time at the Shore this summer, and more than 39,000 volunteer hours helped make memories with all of them.
While camp has suddenly become awfully quiet, and there were definitely tears and heavy hearts when everyone left last week, we know that Lakeshore is not just a fun place to escape in the summer. In fact, I have always thought of it as a training ground—a place of spiritual formation.
One of the last worships of the summer focused on the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19 where Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The worship team talked about how they should not be sad about leaving, but excited to go and share all their experiences from the summer. They even mapped out their mission field. We are sad to see them go, but we know they are going to be #aboutthefamilybusiness in their communities, and we are proud of the work they will do and the love they will share.
The summer may be over and the grounds may be quiet, but we are not finished with this year yet! We are merely transitioning to a different phase of our ministry–one that is based on retreating away from the every day routine and seeking renewal on the shore of the Tennessee River. We have many wonderful things planned for this season. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s retreat schedule release!