We have been having a wonderful work week. The weather has been absolutely amazing up here. Most days warm up to about 75 degrees, on the weekends the temps have hit 85 which has been perfect because this has allowed us opportunities to go swimming at then newly opened community pool.
We have had some exciting changes at the camp. Last week we had a guy come out with a brush hog and cut back acres and acres of brush that had become overgrown around the camp. It was exciting to have portions of the camp open up and become available. We are able to discover some great locations for tent sites, Obstacle Coarse and construction classes. We are moving lots of brush out from areas that have been cleared and beginning to level spots for tent pads. We are beginning to lay the new flooring in the chapel after we replaced all the joists that were rotten. It is exciting to see the building beginning to come back together. We have been making lots of trips to the dump, cleaning out trash that has been dumped at the property. We are also sorting wood, metal and other recyclables to be removed from the property. Unfortunately, there is a burn ban in the area so we can not easily get rid of the brush and old wood that is accumulating in large piles.
Saturday we hosted the local youth down at the camp. It was a huge success. We were told to expect 5-8 kids to show up (due to holidays and work schedules). We ended up with over 25+ people showing up!!! We started out the day with a “get to know you” game where we discovered that not all the kids who came were from “churched” homes and we took the opportunity to share about Christ and why we are in Outlook for the summer. Then we played two rousing games of capture then flag. We discovered that this property is going to be great location for outside games. At 4pm, we headed up to the community pool where we rented out the location for an hour just for our group. Everyone had fun getting to know each other and fellowshipping in the pool. After swimming EVERYONE came back to the camp to roast hotdogs and enjoy a picnic dinner together. We were encouraged that everyone stayed with us through the afternoon/evening. After roasting hot dogs, we sang songs, Erin (our assistant leader) shared about her mission trips with TMI, Tim explained about what it was like growing up as a staff kid and Ryan went into depth about Teen Missions and invited our guests to become more involved in Teen Missions next year. After we shared, Ryan had multiple kids come up to him and ask questions about summer teams. As the evening drew to a close, we were under threat of heavy thunderstorms so we decided to forgo smores for ice cream at a local church. The kids continue to hang out and get to know each other.
Saturday, was also Kym’s 18th birthday. We tried to make her feel as special as possible on Saturday but because we were really busy we ended up enjoying a wonderful cake from Costco on Sunday. Everyone enjoyed the cake and ice cream. After church, many of the team members enjoyed lunch at Subway in town and then we spent the afternoon swimming at the local pool. Everyone enjoyed relaxing and playing in the pool.
This next week we will continue to make progress on rebuilding the decks on the cabins and possibly start putting roofs on the cabins. We also need to demo a lot of the existing kitchen in order to bring it up to code with the city. Pray that we will continue to have opportunities to reach out to the community and that everyone will be safe on the job site.
Thoughts from the team:
Canada is way better than America…sorry friends. The team is doing great and the camp looks better and better each day. Thank you all for your prayers and support while we continue this journey. Hi Family and Karissa!! Love you’ll and miss you all — Tim
This trip has been amazing and I have learned so much. It is awesome to see the change in the camp. I have been learning a lot in devos and in our James Bible Study. I am seeing new things in the Bible and it’s awesome to see the dots connecting throughout the Bible! — Grace