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10
MAY
2017

Wonder – Summer 2017

When was the last time you experienced wonder? Deep, spine-tingling, earth-shaking wonder. The kind of wonder that causes you to stop and check to see if you are actually awake. Then, in the next instant, you realize that you have never felt more awake in your life. Yeah, that...
04
AUG
2014

Teen II – Monday

Wow. Just wow. I said some nice things at the start of last week about how God was gonna move. And I believed every word I wrote. But I have been blown away by how REAL God is. And by how much more He has done than I could have ever imagined or prayed for. Teen I blew my mind....
03
AUG
2013

Teen 1 – Sabbath

The Daily Bread: Ecclesiastes 3:11 – “…He does everything just right and on time, but people can never completely understand what he is doing.” Weather: 76 degrees, sunny It is a gorgeous Sabbath day! The sun is shining with warmth, the skies are blue, and...
01
AUG
2013

Teen 1 – Thursday

The Daily Bread: Psalm 55:22 – “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Weather: 60 degrees, cloudy Thursday, already! Today has definitely been much cooler than it has been this whole summer! Thankfully,...
01
AUG
2013

Teen 1 – Wednesday

The Daily Bread: Proverbs 3:5-6 – “With all your heart, you must trust the Lord and not your own judgement. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow.” Weather: 73 degrees, cloudy We’re already halfway through Teen 1 – and...
22
JUL
2013

Tween Camp – Monday

The Daily Bread: 1 Peter 4:10 – “Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well.” Weather: 81 degrees, sunny Week 4 is here! We had a blast with the Adventure campers, and are...
29
APR
2013

A Look Back at Big Lake’s 50th Reunion

This summer of 2012 marked the 50th year of Big Lake Youth Camp’s ministry.  Monte Torkelson, current director, along with several of his staff, put together a wonderful celebratory 50th anniversary weekend in August.  What an amazing time was had by all.  There were over 200...
15
APR
2013

Was Will Smith Wrong?

“But you just don’t understaaaaaaaand!” -such is the wit filled and defiant phrase that all children at some point or another say to their parents. Perhaps these placebo type comments are one of life’s ultimate ironies, because as we all know, parents were never kids, and so how...
25
MAR
2013

The Summer Camp Handbook: Book Review

I am not married and I do not have children. However, during the summer months I come in contact with hundreds of children and their parents through my job at Big Lake. And I have often wondered what it must feel like to be a parent and bring a child, who you love and care for...
15
MAR
2013

Big Confession

Big confession: I hated summer camp as a child. As an Adventist young adult, it feels sacrilegious to admit that out loud – but it’s true. I hated walking in lines, the high, singsongy-voice of our camp counselor, the lack of personal time (yes, I was 12 and needed personal...
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