On my way through the staff lounge a couple days ago, one of the counselors stopped me and said, “You’ll never guess what just happened.” “What’s that?” I asked. He continued, “The most important thing that can happen at this camp. The thing that we hope for every week. One of my kids accepted Christ tonight!” He was absolutely glowing and I thought about how right he was. Every meal served, every letter sent, every Band-Aid put on, every volunteer recruited, every toilet fixed, every activity planned, all of the literal blood, sweat and tears that go into running camp are all to that end. That kids may come to know Jesus as their personal Savior and others grow in their already established relationship with Him. What a summer it has been, and it isn’t even over yet!! Please pray with us that God continues to bring the kids to camp that need to hear about Him and that we will be faithful servants of the Gospel!
-Jenni Tibbs (Coordinator)
We are so excited about our upcoming Open House taking place this Saturday, June 14th! Have you ever wondered what camp actually looks like? Have you ever wanted to throw a tomahawk or shoot a bow and arrow? Whether you are an old camp hand from the Rim Rock or Adventures in Christian Kamping past, or have just joined with Haven on the Rock, we want you to come!
The Open House will be held on June 14th, 2014 from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. at Haven on the Rock: 560 Rim Rock Road, Ft. Laramie, WY 82212. You can look forward to participating in activities, going on a camp tour, entering your kids in a coloring contest, great food, fantastic community and a celebration of God’s work in the ministries’ 30 year history.
This time of year always gets me so excited. The sandals and shorts are starting to make their entry back into the world, the colors in the stores are getting brighter! It even starts to smell better outside. My mind starts reeling with all this things to come, the most exciting of which is camp. My heart beats just a little faster as I think of the thrill that races through camp on Monday mornings when the vehicles start rolling in. I get to spend a lot of time at camp and it is like the place comes to life during the summer. Its by far my favorite time to be up here. Now is the time to start talking to your friends about this summer. Tell them about all of the amazing things you get to do. The adrenaline of rappelling, the thrill of sticking a tomahawk, the pride of hitting the target at 22s and archery, the nerves of standing on a horse as it is walking, the cutest little chicks and baby goats. Are you starting to remember? Are you remembering the smell of the campfire, the cold of the water on lake day? I can’t wait to see you here this summer, to hear your stories from this last year and to beat you in a game of carpet ball (yes that was a challenge). Tell all of your friends that if they want to have a fantastic summer it needs to involve a week at Haven on the Rock! See you there!
-Karisa Bennett (Program Coordinator)
Ask anyone. They would probably tell you that we couldn’t have asked for a better first year in ministry for Haven on the Rock. From the proposal of a new name, to the hard work of people who have been involved in this camp for decades, to God’s mighty hand along the way, it was a thing to behold. I was reminded of the verse in Romans, where Paul says, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Continue reading
This is the time of year to make plans. To mark the passing of time, to aspire to greater things, or perhaps just to recognize that we’re halfway through the dark days. For me this time meant remembering pain, and change. Remembering love, challenge, and growth, all mixed together into a puree of emotion that I don’t know I’ll ever separate. I also can’t help but look back on my time at camp and ask myself “was it worth it?” Continue reading
What is an Oinkerraiser you may ask? The latest Haven on the Rock fundraiser, that’s what! Because of a generous donation of a pig to Haven on the Rock, we are able to offer a half of a processed pig to two happy individuals. That is pounds of delicious pork (roast, chops, BACON!, loin, etc) all for a small gift of $25 to Haven on the Rock. Don’t like pork? Think about all your friends who would be so excited to receive such a surprise…AND you would be helping the ministry of Haven on the Rock all at the same time! All you have to do to enter the raffle is purchase a ticket for $25 and then wait until we post/call the winners in January. Don’t hesitate to call 307-577-5267 or e-mail email@example.com with questions or to buy raffle tickets.
Let the Oinkerraiser begin!
Camp is off to a great start! We have already had a great time riding horses, rappelling, doing archery and tomahawks, shooting twenty twos, and that’s just the beginning! Check out our Facebook page to see more updates!
Old friends, new beginnings, and the ever present winds of change.
Last night as I fell asleep I couldn’t help but notice the peculiar quiet that happens at camp when it’s not in session. It’s the same thing that makes parent’s scramble to find their children because “it’s TOO quiet!” Now don’t get me wrong, I love showing up a few days early to camp just to enjoy that quiet, but it also feels like the very rocks around here are waiting in eager anticipation for those cars to start rumbling down the driveway and unloading people of all ages and walks of life, adults, kids, families, and single folks… all here for one unified purpose… for camp. Continue reading
This was taken yesterday after a good healthy rain we got at camp. I was thinking of all the things this picture says about our incredible God.
He loves beauty.
He is creative.
There is hope in Him, because even though the storms come, God will make things good again.
He keeps His promises.
What an awesome God we serve. How can we help but be encouraged that such a God would love us and want the very best for our lives? What a blessing as we continue into this new summer season.