Dear Windermere Friends,
Sometimes recreation can get a bad reputation. Skeptics will say there is no substance in having fun. I am proud to say that outdoor adventure and recreation is a major part of the Windermere strategy.
Windermere offers these recreation opportunities: (Some are offered only in the summer) marina inflatables, paddle boats, kayaks, a pool, the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks, cave, hiking, paintball, EDGE ropes course, Frisbee golf and camping.
All of these recreation opportunities fit into our overall mission. The mission of Windermere is – to provide a Christian setting for life changing experiences.
When recreation becomes a tool for ministry, it becomes life-changing. Here is how we make recreation life-changing for our guests.
1. Affirming the value and uniqueness of each individual
It doesn’t matter if you are an urban city boy or a 4-H farmer; whether you are a college educated academic or an hourly worker. We love it when everyone participates. With every contribution towards the fun, each person gets a blessing. Competition only excludes others, contribution brings people closer. In God’s eyes everyone is valuable in the kingdom!
2. Building communication, cooperation, self-worth and trust in each group
Our recreation venues are not meant to just fill up an afternoon. It is a time to build each other up. The world spends all of its time tearing each other down. As one kid said to his buddy at the paintball course this summer, “Hey don’t worry I got your back.” Here at Windermere you can find a place where friends have your back.
3. Encouraging new activities without being afraid to fail
Many people have a fear of failure. Windermere makes it part of the fun. Not everything you try during recreation is a win. The lesson is this: the process is much more important than the result. Most of the victories in life occur when we set our minds and hearts toward God. Life is not about sin management. It is about the journey. The life changing question is not – what is the result? The life-changing question is – what did you learn?
4. Harness the power of the teachable moment
Too much of learning is one-way. It is so much richer when there is a two-way discussion. The teachable moment is in discussing how a recreation activity compares with life experiences. The teachable moment draws people closer.
5. Consider safety a sacred trust
We are committed to respect, dignity and safety in all our recreation venues. No one need worry about being embarrassed. We are trained and we are compliant with all safety guidelines. Carelessness leads to life harm and not life change.
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It is always a pretty day at the lake!
Office 573-346-5200 Ext. 2611