Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Yurts & Bathhouse Complete

Thank you Constituents, Donors, Volunteers and Summer Camp Staff for your support, hard work and prayers. It is because of you that we were able to complete all eight yurts and the bathhouse. As of August, eight Yurts were completed and just this month the Bathhouse was also finished.

The Yurt Project has been a great undertaking. From the start, the weather was against us. In May, the rain pelted us as we worked and snow shouted, “surprise” as is fell out of nowhere when the volunteers arrived. On and off the weather was consistently - inconsistent. It left no time for us to make much progress on the Yurts. Thankfully, the volunteers gave their time to other projects needing attention and little by little they were also able to construct one Yurt.

Snow and rain continued its onslaught against us all the way through June – Summer Camp. 

Summer Camp arrived, and with it, 60 staff members who love Jesus and believe in Camp Wawona’s Ministry. We knew we were blessed when this great team filled with young, energetic, good looking people were under the assumption that Yurt construction was “the coolest thing ever”! In fact, every free moment they had, the staff spent putting seven Yurt cabins together.

The Yurts did two things for our team:
1. Brought us all together - strengthening our bonds
2. Provided ownership - the feeling that you are a part of something - round, big and beautiful!

One of our Summer Camp Staff, Ben, shared with a grin and a wink,
"In a few years, I'll bring my kids here and show them the yurts - I helped build those"!

After listening to our new friends share their hearts while putting pieces of wood together, I had a profound insight (more of a reminder) of why I love it here. Camp Wawona is a haven, a refuge, a place of meditation and full of insights. It is a place to laugh freely and let joy abound in rich waves of glory. It inspires and it connects. Wawona means “a good place to rest”. Our guests would agree - the Miwok Indians got that right! 

Camp Wawona makes people better. No matter what kind of dirty jobs we are doing, whether it’s cleaning a bed wetting or a plugged toilet, or doing the dishes, chopping wood, building a yurt or using all of our energy to make a camper's day, we are here for the greater good – God.

God brings people of all shapes and sizes and all cultures and colors together in unity. We are so blessed to have Camp Wawona, a place that during the summer needs at least 60 young, passionate people to come from all corners of the earth to serve.

God gave me friends for life. I’m so glad He was my first!

Want to take part?
We have had some queries about donating.
Now that the Yurts are complete, we need to furnish them! 
If you would like to play a special part in our ministry there are three ways in which you can help:
1. Pray
2. Support - from afar, or volunteer!
3. Support financially - we accept checks, credit cards and cash

For more information:
(209) 375 6231
8110 Forest Drive
Wawona, CA 95389

Blessings to you!

     Summer Camp Staff stocking us up for winter!

2011 Summer Camp Staff

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