I find that each day I learn something new about being a camp director. Over the last two months I have learned about solid waste facilities (Trash disposal), water treatment facilities, land management, marketing, insurance, risk assessment, customer service, property management, fundraising, construction and so much more. I spent the better part of two days on the phone calling multiple people to make sure that changing the location of the solid waste facility (Trash Cans) at camp is ok (legal). I have had similar experiences when trying to set up a contractor, or calling the electric company. Now I know for some people all these things are normal daily occurrences but for a pastor and now a camp director, these are things I never really thought about on a more involved level.
Along with learning about these areas of camp, I also have this list of things I feel like I need to get done before we open camp for the season. As time ticks away, I start to worry if all these things will get done. I start to focus on the What if’s. It can be a little overwhelming. Also this list is still growing as I find new things to add to the list. Then like turning a flashlight on in a dark room God reminds me that he is in control and it is about his timing and not mine. Last weekend we had a work day at camp to clean the lodge and grounds. We had 10 people show up in all and some worked on the lodge and some worked on the grounds. The amount of work we were able to finish was truly amazing. I felt truly blessed that with the work of 5 people and a Kubota we could finish everything on my list except 2 things that pertained to the grounds of camp. When we finished, all I could do was stand back in awe. I could just see how God was showing me that if I just trust him and his timing, things will be ok. Ever since Saturday other things on the list have been working themselves out through people donating time, money, and skills. It is amazing how when we are faced with a challenge the first place we often go to is the negatives of a situation. What I have learned over and over again is that when we are faced with a challenge we should first go to the one that has the strength, peace and understanding to get through the challenge. God has been my strength and refuge in the midst of growing and learning how to be a camp director. I have also learned that I can't do this by myself. This is something that God teaches to me over and over again. So I am not shameful to say that if you have felt God pushing you or prompting you to help Camp Ahistadi in any way don’t hesitate to contact me. I have a list filled with things that will probably meet one of your gifted areas. From dry wall repair, to picking up sticks, to planting native flower gardens, to painting, to cleaning, to praying, to sponsoring repairs on cabins, to many other things. Like our local churches and our communities we are stronger together and when we work together using the gifts that God has given us, we can do so much good. There is so much to do and so much time with God, don’t waste it. Come see what God is doing in the mountains.