Decisions for Christ 207Accept Jesus as their personal Savior 71Would like Bible studies 81Want to be baptized
"Camp ministry is evangelism. Effective evangelism is determined by decisions made for Christ. The Lord has blessed our evangelistic efforts this summer by doubling last summer's decisions made for Him. It is an honor being a part of the evangelistic work at Camp Wawona." - Derek Wright, Associate Director
Camp Wawona staff are
overwhelmed with joy at the success of this past Summer Camp season.
Girls Director, Kristina Wright, shares,"The new Campfire Bowl amphitheater welcomed hundreds of campers and staged countless blessings".
The construction of the new Campfire Bowl was a blessing from the start:
First, Camp Wawona received a generous donation from a couple who spent their lives serving young adults.
Second, our sister camp, Leoni Meadows, donated all the wood for the campfire bowl seating. This was a savings of over $18,000.
Lastly, Mr. Derek Lemos, one of our camper’s parents, shared last summer that at first his son was not too excited to be at camp because his friends had attended the week before; however, God turned that experience around for good. By the end of the week during Camp Wawona's Friday night evening program he accepted the call to give his life to Jesus and came to the front of Camp Wawona's Campfire Bowl.
“My son is not the same since he gave his life to the Lord this summer,” Mr Lemos said. “Therefore, I would like to volunteer my staff to build the amphitheater you wanted to build. I want every parent to experience the life changing journey my son is going through because of camp.”
Summer Camp Staff 2012
"We are so thankful for all the blessings God brought
together to make this campfire bowl possible." - Elden Ramirez, Executive Director
(left - right) Pastor Elden, David and his father Mr Lemos.
you ever been in the midst of a severe storm?
If so, you know that a storm of great magnitude comes with very strong
winds causing, in many cases, great destruction. The other day, there was a
storm that caused some damage to our property. The winds were so strong that
the palm tree in front of our house was uprooted and landed on our front lawn.
The backyard fence was also on the grass and several smaller trees were on the
ground as well. The day after the storm I asked the gardener that takes care of
the houses in the area why my neighbor’s palm tree remained standing and mine
did not. His answer was simple,
“Whoever planted your palm tree did not dig deep enough and it was planted very
Then I asked
about my fence. If all the houses in the area were built at the same time why
was my fence the only one that came down?
He said, “Because you have not done much underground maintenance on your
fence. Every year you should reinforce the fence-posts to make sure they are
solid. In some cases you need to dig deeper and reposition the post to add
stability to the fence. Some people see only the outward appearance of the
fence and because it looks sturdy and in great shape, they forget that it is
not only the section above ground that we need to take care of but also the
area that is underground”.
As I think back on that unfortunate and unnecessary expense, I can’t
help but think how truthful that is in our lives. Jesus once said, “As for
everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will
show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down
deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck
that house but could not shake it, because it was well built”. Luke 6:47-48
past summer, all of us at Camp Wawona spent time learning and sharing what it
means to dig deep and set solid foundations to overcome any disturbing winds
that may come into our lives. This journey has been a blessing and we encourage you to partner with us as we continue to dig deeper into a relationship with Jesus Christ.