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Giving Back

April 30, 2014 by Kim

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Does Red Rock Bible Camp have a special place in your heart? Did you come to know Jesus Christ, grow in your faith, develop some leadership skills, make some awesome friends, meet your spouse or experience some other significant, positive, or life changing moment through your time at Red Rock? If so, do you have a desire to support and give back to Red Rock Bible Camp, a place that you love? I hope you do.

If so, I want to encourage you to follow through with that desire. There are lots of ways to do that. Check our our “Support Us” page on our web site for ideas about how you can support Red Rock Bible Camp.

Red Rock Bible Camp has lots of faithful supporters. Many of them have been giving to the camp for years or even decades. However, some of the older generation of supporters have passed away. Others have retired and are now living on a fixed income which doesn’t allow them to support the camp at the same level they did in the past.

We need younger generations to step up and fill the gap. One way to give back is by participating in our Annual Red Rock Cyclathon as the four staff alumni pictured above did last year.

Another way is to donate to Red Rock Bible Camp.  In his book, The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn says,  “According to Jesus, storing up earthly treasures isn’t simply wrong. It’s just plain stupid.” He also says, “If we give instead of keep if we invest in the eternal instead of in the temporal, we store up treasures in heaven that will never stop paying dividends.”

In his book, Alcorn shares 6 Treasure Principles from scripture.

Treasure Principle Key #1:  God Owns Everything.

The Psalmist writes in chapter twenty-four verse one that, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it”

You see, your stuff isn’t your stuff. It’s God’s stuff and He is letting you be His steward to take good care of it. However, as you will see in the next principle, He didn’t give it to you to just to keep it for yourself.

Treasure Principle Key #2: My (Your) heart always goes where I put God’s money.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21,  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

If you think God entrusted you with your stuff (including your money) for you to hoard, you are wrong. Alcorn shared the following illustration. “John D. Rockefeller was one of the wealthiest men who ever lived. After he died someone asked his accountant, “how much money did John D. leave?” The reply was classic: “he left…all of it.” Alcorn goes on to say, “If we give instead of keep, if we invest in the eternal instead of in the temporal, we store up treasures in heaven that will never stop paying dividends.”

Treasure Principle Key # 3: Heaven, not earth, is my home.

If you are a follower of Christ, this is true for you. Hebrews 11:16 “…they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”

For believers in Christ, this world is only our temporary home. God is preparing an eternal home for us that will far surpass any earthly home, so it is silly to get too attached to our home on earth. Hold on to your earthly stuff loosely.

Treasure Principle Key # 4: I should not live for the dot but for the line.

Line and Dot

Alcorn explains the Dot and the Line this way, “Right now we’re living in the dot. But what are we living for? The shortsighted person lives for the dot. The person with perspective lives for the line.”

Treasure Principle Key #5: Giving is the only antidote to materialism.

Treasure Principle Key #6: God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of Giving.

I encourage you to buy a copy of Randy Alcorn’s book, The Treasure Principle. Read it. Study what Scripture says about how you should handle money and possessions consider giving back to the ministries from which you received.

Ignite 2- The last supper

August 24, 2013 by Kim Coursey

The end draws near and the time has come. And what do you do when anything is at its end? Celebrate! Last night we had our Medieval Times Feast and it was a great feast at that! The messiness of no cutlery was paired well with the entertainment of the evening- arm wrestling and sword duels between short time rivals got the crowds roaring, while an interpretive river dance had us all clapping with joy.

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This concluded our camp wide game “How to train your Counselor”. Basically, throughout the week campers earned points for their cabin by achieving something great in skills or being found doing a kind act of service for a fellow Red Rock-er. They earned the most points by memorizing and reciting verses. These points they would then use to complete quests with their cabin and receive a badge, leveling up their counselors. Whichever had the highest achievements would get knighted. And that is what concluded the feast! Our winning counselors were from the lands of Juniper Hollow, Abe’s Island Bay and Mountain Ash.

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Last night was an all around great night as it continued with Denver breaking down the beatitudes in Chapel, and a fantastic Worship night later in the evening. The CIT’s and support staff stayed after to praise God and pray for all the staff and CIT’s leaving to go on to what God has called them to do.

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Thank you so much for all your prayers this summer. We have seen the effects of them, from safety in what should have been and incredibly damaging storm to healing of the more intense sicknesses. Not to mention continued energy throughout the whole summer and a beautiful mild summer. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And all the praise and honor and glory be to our God, the King.

Ignite 2!

August 22, 2013 by Kim Coursey

This week has flown by, but at the same time, it seems to have gone slow enough for everyone to soak it up. As the last week of summer camp, the counselors, staff and CIT’s are still putting in as much energy as they did the first week, and it doesn’t seem like they are going to run out. Today is Cabin Day again, and for those who don’t know what that means, the CIT’s take the place of counselors in mostly everything, and they follow around their BBS buddies all day. Being the second time this has happened for the CIT’s, and the fact that it is nearing the end of their training, we as a staff see that the CIT’s are really a solid group of people and have no doubt that most of them will come back to be strong christian leaders on staff.

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Denver has done a great job of speaking this week. But I think that the reason he has done his job well is because he has definitely spent time with his Lord, and it shows because his heart reflects Gods. In one chapel session Denver invited us to submit everything to God, and instead of leaving it there, he got us all to get on our knees and pray right then and there. This was really awesome to see, because the campers could practice with other strong Christians a simple task that they might not do back home. At the beginning of the week, Denver said he was excited for this week because the Kingdom is something that is close to his heart. God has definitely placed Denver here to speak to us all this week.

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Denver has also connected with the campers outside of the chapel. He is pretty cool because he loves to spend his free time with the kids. The other day I found him fishing with one of the skills. He was showing them how to use minnows as bait, and when a camper found a frog he showed them how to use that too. Poor frog!

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The other skills were having a great time earning points for the camp wide game “How to train your counselor”. Kayaking and Climbing skill used balloons to their advantage. The campers in kayaking played a Mario Kart sort of game and had to pop the balloons on the back of each others kayaks. Climbing filled the balloons with points and attached them to the wall in various places, and had the campers pick which balloons they were going for so everyone got to pop two.

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Of course, rock hopping is a must and each skill seems to think that they have to go at least once in a week. But hey, the campers don’t complain!

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Thank you for all your prayers this summer. Tomorrow is the last full day, and it is also the day we have a celebration and feast! The counselors that are knighted will be announced tomorrow. Have a great night!

The calm after the storm

August 21, 2013 by Kim Coursey

Last night was pretty spectacular. I saw the clouds and all I wanted to do was take pictures, until I heard Allan calling for the photographers to come back inside. Turns out the radar was purple, and we have never seen a storm at Red Rock that bad before.

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Despite how menacing the storm was, God was still present. He is the one true God who still speaks even when trees are falling and rain is coming down sideways. It was a pretty incredible sight inside Pine lodge. Just after snack we had planned to do a night game outside. Obviously that was cancelled, but what took place instead was way better than what we could have planned for.

The staff immediately took action with a call to pray, and the whole dining hall murmured with prayer praising God for who he is, and asking for protection. Once that was over, the CIT’s without being asked started to lead the camp in song and worship. For an hour we all stood in the dark of the dining hall singing and clapping and praising God. Everyone got into it, and eventually fear was driven out of the lodge. One camper said that this was the best night she had ever had. The night continued with toilet paper games, and the cabins were awarded points for the tallest tower. The points were used for the camp wide game “How to train your Counselor” (more to come on this in another post).

Once the storm had mostly passed, the Maintenance crew turned the power back on to find that only Cedar lodge and Cabin 12 had power! That meant everyone was to go straight to bed after devotions without showers and without flushing…. We appreciate our Maintenance Manager very much, because he worked all night to restore power to the whole camp. Around 2 AM the power was back on in Pine, and by morning water could be used all over camp!

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God did indeed answer your prayers and ours, because the damage to camp was extremely minimal. One tree fell on a path, we temporarily lost an umbrella, and the trampoline flipped over. God is so good! All the campers are safe and sound, and we are continuing on with the scheduled events of the week. If you had doubts that God listens, or that he answers prayer, this is a very good reason to believe.

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am with them.” -Jesus (Matthew 18:20)

And now for the CIT update!

August 20, 2013 by Kim Coursey

It has been a week since the CIT’s arrived, and since the weekend was the campout, I thought that it would be good to have an update on the CIT’s. Here is a guest post by Matt Kroeker, one of the CIT counselors.

Since the start of Counselor-In-Training 2013 we have enjoyed a jam-packed schedule full of fun and challenge. Facing new experiences has become regular for this year’s CITs since they began their program and new spiritual growth, friendship and learning have resulted. It’s hard to believe, but CIT 2013 is over half-way finished.

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CIT is not at ordinary time spent at camp. The 36 CITs are campers with extra privilege and responsibility. They had their first taste of life as a counselor on the Monday they arrived. That evening each of them was paired up with a spark camper, who would be their little brother or sister for the week. This involved spending time with them doing activities before chapel in the evening and leading them in devotions during Morning Watch. They also got to spend a whole day playing the part of counselors in the cabin; they went to skills, ate meals with the campers and lead evening devotions. This was a new situation for everyone, and though challenging and initially a bit intimidating for many CITs, it was a fun and rewarding time for them and our Spark campers.

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Of course, the CITs also spend much of their time with each other. The average day would include doing skills like rock-climbing or biking, attending sessions with guest-speakers, and taking time to study their CIT literature and do personal devotions.  Strong relationships are formed through prayer-partners and mentoring with their CIT counselors. Special highlights would also be the Group Use Times (GUTs) which are frequently fit into the schedule. Like Wednesday night, when the entire group met at the team-building center after chapel and worked together for over an hour to overcome the challenging obstacle course. Bonding in this excited atmosphere was followed by a nacho night put on by the CIT counselors in the dining hall.

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After the campers left on Saturday, the CITs departed for the annual weekend campout. The weekend was enjoyed by the whole community as all of the CITs were able to spend time together outside of the regular camp atmosphere. Free time was an opportunity to hike, play volleyball, as well as hang out on the beach. There was also plenty of time for GUTs which included a game of watermelon rugby in the water among others. There was also time for quiet reflection during which the CITs departed on a two-hour ‘retreat of silence’ to pray, journal, read – whatever quiet time with God would involve for them, individually.

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Thank you for your prayers for the CIT’s, their counselors and the rest of camp. We have not run out of energy and it is because God is faithful!

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