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Farm Camp 2019

Farm Camp 2019

Well it is hard to explain the joy and gratitude I feel for our first ever week of Farm Camp. This was a little dream of mine that combined all the things I love: camp ministry, farming, crafting and family. Way back in February Rory and I had a conversation about giving it a go. It felt a little crazy at the time, knowing that I would be 8-months pregnant, but it also felt very much like it was time to move forward with this dream.

That very afternoon we sat down in the living room and shot the little promo video. We had the four kids upstairs with a sleeve of club crackers to help keep them quiet. And I just began talking. That night Rory edited all of my thoughts together and by the next morning, we had posted the video to facebook. It was fast and we both felt the fun of throwing something out into the world.

It felt bold at the time, and looking back, I would still say it was bold! And I’m so glad we stepped out in faith like we did.

Baby chicks hatched

We had five awesome campers come to our first week of Farm Camp and They. Were. Awesome! So special to me, was that Elsie and Hattie were able to join in each day and be a part of the fun.

Kitten time!

And we did so much! I mean, so, so much! We made garden stepping stones, goat milk soap, butter, jam, strawberry pie, easter egg bread, rope rainbows, marble paper, flower head bands, wooden picture frames and personal art journals. And we had special guests come to teach us about honey bees, spinning wool into yarn, making bread and a session on the ways we can hear God’s voice.

Bread making lesson

Jam making

Homemade butter making

Soap making lesson

Bread, jam and butter

Our Bible studies each day were location specific: learning about the Good Shepherd while surrounded by the sheep, learning about God’s timing while holding baby chicks, learning about how sin can take root in our lives while weeding the garden. The week was full and fantastic. All of the campers had so much fun and asked to come back next year!

Devotional time

Quiet time

In the garden

In the garden

Beekeeping lesson

Wool-spinning lesson

Campfire lunch

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Arts & crafts

Arts & crafts

We have lots of hopes and dreams for the future. Rory and I were filled with so much excited vision and have ideas for more camps, more ages and different themes. So we will keep you posted.

 

 


Hatching Chicks

On Day 3 of Farm Camp we will be talking about the Creation Within. We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works!

Creation is continuously occurring all around us. Everywhere we look, we are surrounded by birth and renewal. On the farm, we get a front-row seat to many of these miracles. We purchased an egg incubator this year to incubate and hatch our own chicken eggs. No matter how many barnyard births we see, it never ceases to thrill and amaze us each time we see new life springing forth: God’s handiwork.

God’s creation doesn’t begin and end with the natural world—He is continuously creating within each one of us. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) God uses circumstances in our life to shape us into the image of His son: a new life, a new creation!

While campers are here for Farm Camp, we’ll be hatching eggs in our new incubator to illustrate this point.

Registration is currently open for Farm Camp 2019 (June 24-28). Please watch our video overview if you are interested!


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