Posts with the ‘ministry’ tag

MomLife Boot Camp 2014


On the opening night of MomLife Boot Camp, I prayed for great weather. In my mind that meant sunny and 75 degrees, but the Lord is much more creative. He sent a storm and then an amazing rainbow to remind us of His promise and His faithfulness. For the past three years, Pine Cove has had the opportunity to partner with MomLife Today to put on a life-changing event called MomLife Boot Camp. We had over 400 moms at every age and every stage from across the country come together at Pine Cove’s Shores and Bluffs camps. It was a […]

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Pine Cove Prays

Summer Staff Praying

Over the last several years, the resident staff of Pine Cove have been pursuing the idea that God is deeply engaged with His people that pray. He desires a deep and personal relationship with his children. An active prayer life is one of the ways that we can enjoy him more fully. He has taught us how to pray through the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:9 “This then is how you should pray; Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” In Hebrews 7:24-25, we see Jesus mediating on our behalf always, and then we are reminded […]

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Why We Invite Friends to Camp

Camper Smiling at Camp

We have two kids in public school. One of the things I love about public school is that it gives our family a chance to interact with families who may not share our faith and way of life. Since I work at a ministry full time, meeting people outside the “Christian bubble” can take a little effort. So our family is always seeking ways to be a light and a blessing to our kids’ classmates and their families. One way we do this is by inviting their friends to camp. We do this for two reasons. 1. We want our […]

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A Weekend Just for Moms


What is it about Pine Cove? Something happens when you drive through the gates. You enter a new and unique world where peace reins, praise erupts and people meeting up with God is a priority. Sounds a bit like heaven. Interestingly, for our family, that is exactly how we see Pine Cove – the closest thing to heaven, this side of heaven. Long after our week of family camp has ended we comb through photos, remember moments of revelry and reflection and even shout out a cheer or two at the obvious appropriate moments. (If you’ve been there I know […]

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Camp in the City at Mobberly Baptist


Pine Cove has the unique opportunity to partner with local churches through our day camp program called Camp in the City. Not only do we travel to 7 states, but we also have locations in close proximity to our headquarters in East Texas. One the churches we are privileged to do ministry with is Mobberly Baptist Church, located just east of Tyler in Longview, Texas. At Mobberly, the basis for service is founded on proclaiming Jesus Christ and making Him known. This mission is the groundwork for the outreach they do to declare the Glory of God to their community and across […]

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Forge Trip: Dominican Republic


Last week, my fellow Forge students and I took a 9-day adventure to Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. The Forge is Pine Cove’s resident discipleship program. There we joined alongside a ministry called Students International (SI) to assist local missionaries at various sites that included microfinance, social work, community health, dentistry, education, special education, sports, and physical therapy. After a long day of travel on Friday, we kicked off our week in the DR with a day of tourism. What better way to experience the beauty of La Republica Dominicana than with a rafting trip! 27 of the 29 members of the group took off for […]

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Commission Camping: Life Moments from the Field

Pine Cove in Costa Rica

With 180 Pine Cove staff members serving the Lord at camps throughout Latin America, there is no shortage of awesome stories to share! Thankfully we are able to keep up with all of these mission trips on each of their blogs, and you can follow along too! Here is just a taste of some of the fun and life-change that is going on across eight different countries right now! Ranch Gautemala “Our program director, Sergio, talked to me at dinner about the kids going to bed early. He thought they seemed tired and would need the extra sleep. I told […]

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Pine Cove in Latin America

Pine Cove Counselor in Latin America

I always thought that NOTHING could compare to getting to do camp with my friends and campers in Texas. But that’s where Commission Camping comes in! Commission Camping is a program that enables Pine Cove staff, both full-time and summer staff, to partner with Christian Camping International (CCI) to teach people in Latin America how to do camp. We have been partner with our friends in Latin America for the past 10 years. What I have grown to love about Commission Camping is that we get to work with believers in several different countries. As we bring our staff down […]

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A Horse Ministry

Pine Cove Horse Ministry

As the group of family campers approached the barn, the wranglers began sizing up the new riders almost immediately, assessing their personalities, temperaments and other qualities important for an enjoyable trail ride for both horse and rider. Matching campers’ and horses’ personalities doesn’t always play out like you would imagine though. For example, this particular morning, Tim ‘Swanee’ Alderson, Head Wrangler, matched one timid little girl to Shadrack, one of the more confident, faster horses so she wouldn’t fall behind during the trail ride and have to worry about staying up with the group. The wranglers want the riders to […]

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C’s might get degrees, but D’s get you victory laps.


You know, a lot of people go to college for seven years. Or 6 and a summer in my case.  I finished my Bachelor’s of Science in Education in lightning fast speed.  Several contributing factors here, not the least of which was just that I didn’t like school and wasn’t very good at it.  Ironic that I studied to be a teacher? If you were to look at my transcripts, you’d see a pattern; my fall semesters had significantly lower GPA’s as I worked my way through college.  Maybe some of you are the same way.  Spring semester was spent […]

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