Thursday, February 2, 2017

Keeping Camp Healthy

Have you ever thought about how many team players Camp Luther needs to be able to make plays in sharing Christ with others? Over the last 70 years, there have been thousands of volunteer team players who have come to camp and given their time and talents. Blaine ‘Beemer’ Welch, Camp’s Director of Guest Services, shares that thought in a devotion that he led at our October Workbee.

Fall is my favorite season for several reasons. The leaves are changing, hunting seasons begin, and there is a lot to do in the Northwoods this time of year. Like many people in Wisconsin and across the country, one of my favorite parts of the season is football. We all have our teams, from high school all the way to the NFL. These days it seems like one of the most important things for any team hoping to win a championship is avoiding injury and getting a healthy team all the way to the big game.

The more I think about a team staying “healthy,” the more I realize that it isn’t always about just avoiding injury, but the teams that seem to be the most successful are the teams that can still function at a high level when injury occurs. When the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010, they had 15 starters listed on injured reserve, and two more starters got hurt during the game. Still, the team was able to continue to execute the game plan with whatever players were in the game. “Healthy” means building a team that can flourish and still win a championship with whoever is on the field.

Colossians 2:6-7 reads, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

One will often hear Camp Luther staff say something like “Camp can’t survive without the volunteers that donate their time and efforts.”

And so, I began to think about what would actually happen without volunteers.  Camp staff would have an insurmountable list of projects that would constantly take away from time that is vital to providing the finest programs possible, and ultimately Camp Luther would crumble. 

Our faith walk is the same. We can all function for awhile but this is a sinful world and eventually that sin is going to beat us lower and lower UNLESS we take refuge in God’s Word and build ourselves up in it so that we can not only survive the trials but that we can thrive in them.

We know that in all these things, God’s grace will hold us up and it is our mediation on His Word that allows us to see that grace take form in our lives.

Camp Luther has been blessed with the servant hearts of thousands of volunteers. These people serve at Workbee weekends, as RV Volunteers, Guest Medics, and Guest Pastors in the summer, and give their time and talents throughout the year. Most recently, Camp has hosted men from Mount Olive in Weston, WI who prepared Lakeview Cottage to be remodeled, and youth from St. Mark's in Wausau, WI who helped prepare the lower level of the Retreat Center to be finished. 

Thank you, volunteers!