2014 has been an exciting summer at Windermere. Thousands of men, women, teens and children have come through our gates excited to be at Windermere and excited to be at summer camp! They came with lots of expectations.
Most of those expectations were met. They had fun, made friends and worshiped God. But whether they expected it or not they left here with their lives changed.
While at Windermere one of our camps challenged campers to deal with the question “Who do you say I am?” I picked up one abandoned journal from the lost and found to look at a schedule. The student at the beginning of the week answered this question with one word–Dude. He arrived at Windermere with an understanding of Jesus as just another “dude.” But as you thumbed through the rest of the book, you could tell his understanding changed and his answers became more central to a relationship with Christ.
Campers also dealt with the challenge of “The Resurrection changes everything!” The authors of this camp experience said about the theme, “It’s the power which flows from this cataclysmic event that aligns faith with deeds, establishes justice, unites enemies, speaks blessings, and seeks the lost.” Kids were challenged with the thought that if we truly believe in the Resurrection–it changes us and how we react to injustice, conflict, enemies and even blessings. Student after student came forward to tie their string to the stage heart to show their commitment that they would walk and live in the power of the Resurrection.
This year we asked churches to adopt a week of camp and send us volunteers as a mission project. What a great time we had getting to know volunteers from all over Missouri and connecting in a very real way with churches throughout the state. Our mission statement says, “As a dedicated, Christ-like team we will provide a Christian setting in which life changing experiences may occur for all involved.” This is true for our volunteers as well. What a thrill it was to have two teens from one of our volunteer churches accept Christ and be baptized in our lake. Christ meets ALL of us here at Windermere, and as the CiY theme said, “This Changes Everything.”
The power of the Resurrection was seen all over our campus this year. As you watch this short video of campers being baptized in Windermere Cove, spend some time thanking God for this ministry and asking for his continued blessing and guidance.