The Campers Are Coming!

Next Monday on July 25th about 40 campers and staff will be coming up the mountain for our first summer camp of the season. It’s an elementary camp and the children are in grades 3-6.

For some final preparation about 16 folks (12 adults and 4 children) worked on July 18 and 19 at ABC. Mostly we did outside yard work, cutting down all the grass and weeds, planting some flowers, fixing a broken fence and making a new walkway through the fence so we can go between the buildings easier. Here’s a look at the mended fence with a new “gate” through to the staff building.

Although they’re pretty tiny in this picture we tried to plant some flowers for the front of the building to add a bit of color and joy.

Sharing a tea time together. Pastor Mokoto Hiyoshi and his wife Kinko provided us with many delicious meals while we worked.

We were so glad to have sunny weather on Monday and get most of the outside work done because it started to pour on us from Tuesday morning. We moved inside for some plumbing repairs and final cleaning of all the rooms.

When we arrived on Sunday night we found mold all over the floor of the chapel. It had been closed up for many days and the moisture had turned into a white mold covering the entire surface.  We were able to wash and dry the floor as well as apply some wax the next morning. Here’s what it looked like when we were done.

In 1997 campers in all of our Covenant Camps across the US and Canada gave an offering so that we could turn this once-storage-room into a beautiful chapel and meeting space. It’s hard to believe that we are starting our 15th summer of using this chapel! Thank you to former ECC campers and thank you Lord for your provision!

A final shot of some of the workers before we headed home (everyone in this photo came from Kanagawa which is about a 3-4 hour drive from the camp.) We are very grateful for their help.

Finally, thanks for praying for the campers that are arriving. We hear that about a third of them are not part of the church or Christian families so it is a special chance to share the gospel with some of them for the first time. Dear Lord, may each of them see Jesus in a new way over the next week.

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About abcjapan

A camping facility operated by the Japan Covenant Church (NSKK).
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