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Posts with the ‘prayer’ tag

Who Knew? A St. Patricks Day Surprise

Pine Cove Shores Dock Lake Sunset

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate today and call it “St. Patrick’s Day?” Believe it or not, there is way more to the story than wearing green head to toe and searching for the perfect four-leaf clover. Saint Patrick was an actual person, and his life is fascinating. Born in Britain, he was kidnapped around age 16 by Irish pirates, and was sold into slavery in Ireland for six years. Though enslaved, Patrick’s faith grew much stronger during this time. After finally escaping his captors, he finished school back in Britain, and then eventually moved back to Ireland as […]

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Travis’s Prayer

Shores Guy Cabin

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18 Ask any counselor, and they will tell you just how nerve-wracking stepping into your cabin on Sunday afternoon for the first time that week can be. Questions like “what if I don’t get along with the kids”, “what if we have different interests”, and “what if they don’t listen to me” can quickly take over and consume those final steps up from the gauntlet. The devil loves to fling lies of inadequacy, doubt, and insecurity towards our sweaty, sunburned faces. […]

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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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Praying Your Summer Goals

Patabronia's Camp Trinkets

Twelve Years of Pine Cove can lead someone to have an interesting conglomeration of habits. For one, my heart rate peaks when I hear someone say “alright,” “OK,” or my favorite, “I’ll tell you what.” Sometimes I catch myself dancing The Wobble alone in my room, a confession I am not in the least ashamed to make. In addition to these habits, various trinkets have built up over the years, from name tags to cedar medallions, to CQ’s, each of which proclaim a concrete and spiritual identity, to invaluable lessons recorded in my Young Guns journal that I return to […]

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Get To, Not Have To

Camp Lagoon with Slide

Throughout the year, we receive numerous phone calls, emails, and letters from campers expressing their life transformation while at camp. These are just too good to keep to ourselves! Check out this mom’s story and how one of our counselors helped her re-focus on serving her family. When I got married, I had a very “Norman Rockwell” idea of what my life and family were going to look like. You know, all seated around a table in a very “Southern Living”-looking home. Children in cute outfits, delicious looking food on the table, an adoring husband smiling as he prayed over […]

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Universal God

Camper and Counselor Talking

We had the privilege of having a foreign exchange student as a camper at the Timbers during week 3! She is from Mexico and has been in the U.S. (Houston) for six months and will be returning back to Mexico on Monday. She and her counselor talked about her family life and how it has been a blessing to come to America because she used to be popular and a bully at her school in Mexico, but when she got here, she knew no one and she found herself on the other side of bullying. She told her counselor that […]

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From Doubt to Faith

Camper Worshipping Jesus

At Pine Cove, we have a wide variety of campers from many different of backgrounds. Sometimes that is a camper who waits for Pine Cove year round and loves it more than anything, and other times it’s campers who have never been before and didn’t want to come, have disciplinary problems, have hard home lives, or just plain don’t want to hear about Jesus. Last week (week 2), we had a camper at the Timbers who told his counselor that he had some desire for relationship with Jesus, but wasn’t a Christian because he had far too much doubt. This […]

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Commission Camping: Lessons Learned

Pine Cove Missions Team in Peru

As some of you may or may not know, each year Pine Cove has the incredible opportunity to send out hundreds of our staffers to Latin America. We are able to partner with CCI, or Christian Camping International, to put on Campamentos de Impacto, or “Impact Camps”. It is an awesome time of training Latin American leaders in camp, building cross-cultural relationships, and working together for the purpose of sharing the Gospel of Christ with youth campers. You can read more about commission camping here. I have had the privilege of going to Peru with Pine Cove the last three […]

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Lessons Learned

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Towers campers are silly. They say funny things, and sometimes it can be hard to tell if they are even listening to the serious stuff. After all, the question “when’s free time?!” comes up at least 5 times a day (per camper), and no matter how many times we answer, it still seems to be a mystery. During club talks, it’s a fight to get them to sit through a talk without leaving for the bathroom. In the 5th grade girls Q&A session, they pull out random questions that seem to be totally irrelevant. Except, they are listening. Always. More […]

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