From the Camp Director,
Who is ready for 2021? I think 99.9% of people would say they are ready for 2021. 2020 was a rough year for everyone in so many ways. Of course for the camp not having a normal summer was very challenging. We give thanks to all of our churches and individuals who made sure we could make a BIG difference in 2021, by your support to make sure our finances were not in a state where we would suffer for this year. I cannot begin to say it enough but thank you for your help this past year. But, we are ready to move forward with 2021.
One of the most difficult things about changing seasons is leaving the past behind us and moving forward to what lies ahead (Philippians 3:13). This can be hard to do, especially if we’ve had a hard year and are struggling to feel positive about what might be next. And yet, even when things have been so sweet, we can be uncertain of the coming season – will it threaten the peace and happiness we’ve come to enjoy? Looking to the future means looking to the unknown.
Either way, I have learned that through Christ, all things are possible. That means that no matter what 2020 held for us, Christ is able to walk alongside us to help us move forward in our life. This doesn’t mean that we should push our feelings and thoughts aside in an attempt to hurry and get over them for the sake of a new year. Rather, we have to be willing to let go of control and allow Christ to reign and rule over our lives, believe you me, this is real hard for me. Just ask any of our board members. Submitting to his authority and plan, and trust him to help us in whatever way we need while we move forward.
2021 will still be a little different for us here at Hanging Rock. We have had most of our retreats for January & February canceled due to Covid-19. I cannot wait to stop talking about Covid. So for us 2021 will start off a little slow.
But, we will be working on Summer Camp 2021 and making sure everything is ready for you to come back to Hanging Rock this summer. We are even putting a new look on our website to give 2021 a fresh look.
Let's pray this prayer together as we face 2021: We walk into this coming year with open arms, knowing that you have a hope and a future for us. I leave the year 2020 knowing that you cause all things to work together for my good, because we love you and have been called according to your purposes. Dear Lord, Take us further and deeper than all we could ask for or imagine this year, Lord. Bless us beyond what we believe and in the process, instill in us the truth of truths that You are God, and that You love us. In Jesus name, Amen
Happy New Year, See you at Camp 2021!
Gary Baker, Executive Director