One of the ministries that we love is Glad Tidings Bible Camp. You’ve seen updates from there over the summer if you follow us on social media. God has blessed us with many opportunities to share the gospel. It was very encouraging to see a few of Moriah’s campers respond in faith to Jesus offer of eternal life, and to share with several others that hearing and obeying Jesus’ teaching results in stability as you go through life (see Matthew 7:24).
Volunteering at Glad Tidings seems to frequently find Chester in the kitchen. He was lead cook for one week, and lead maintenance man (with a side of cooking) for another. In total, he made about 600 donuts for the campers and staff, as well as many yummy meals. The campers were definitely well fed.
We’ve thought for years that it sure would be fun to upgrade the kitchen at Glad Tidings Bible Camp. (Really – combining kitchens with building projects – what’s not to love?!) This summer as we volunteered, we talked through ideas for re-arranging their dish washing room to improve traffic flow and dreamed of replacing some of the cupboards and counter-tops in their kitchen.
Last week, Chester found an auction for commercial kitchen equipment and bid on a number of items with Glad Tidings Bible Camp in mind. He had been particularly praying to find dish carts and stainless steel counter-top for them. As is often the case, God provided over and above what we asked. This time it was two full trailer loads and two car loads, including seven dish carts and twenty-four linear feet of stainless steel counter-top and many other useful items – plates, chairs, serving line, griddles, and so much more. At the end of the auction, the organization even donated dozens of items to the camp!
Now that our back yard and garage are full of commercial kitchen equipment bought for and donated to camp, we think that yes, a kitchen renovation is a good plan for this coming fall or winter. We plan to invite several families and individuals to join us over a weekend at Glad Tidings Bible Camp for a working party retreat to help with the clean out and efforts of a kitchen and dish room refurbishment.
Such a retreat would include good work, teaching, worship and fun. If you are interested in joining on such a work party retreat, contact us (there’s contact info next to our snazzy new picture below, or you can reply to this email). Please pray for this project and consider donating time, materials, or funds toward this cause. (You can donate using the link at the top, which now includes better instructions too).