Part of representing the heart of the combined ministries of Adventures in Christian Kamping and Rim Rock Bible Camp has been to choose a new name that represents where God is leading us in our ministry. “But,” you may ask, “why Haven on the Rock?” Well, we’re glad you asked!
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Jesus says these words as he finishes one of the most famous sermons ever delivered. Anyone who follows His teaching is like a man that builds His house on a solid foundation. Something unshakable, something unchanging, something you could really lean into. A rock, a big heavy rock that is unyielding and unmoving. Always sound, always true. Anyone who builds on top of one of those–their home will be safe. While everyone else in the neighborhood who build on sand or loam has their home washed away by storms and floods of life, our wise fellow, his house is a safe place. A refuge.
But it’s more than that, isn’t it? Jesus was more than a wise teacher, wasn’t He? His teaching isn’t the only reason we can be safe. He’s the bringer of life, our great High Priest, our Captain, our Lord, true vine of which we are but branches. Jesus said that if we are cut off from Him, we would be like branches cut off from a vine–we would wither and die. He is life, and we must remain in Him. Only in Him are we safe and sound. Only in Him can we find safety and refuge. He is life itself.
He is our Haven.
And here we tie in our hearts to our new name. We stand on the teachings of Jesus, like the man who built his house on a rock. We trust Jesus for life, and we consider Him to be life itself. We hide our lives in Him, and we stand firmly on His teaching. When we experience camp, we experience the life and teachings of Jesus who goes with us when we leave.
But while we are here, and experience the transformative life and the foundation of the teachings of Jesus together, we are experiencing our
Haven on the Rock.