On Saturday July 25, 2015, we had the opportunity to open our grounds to 150 former summer staff. It was a great day reconnecting with one another, grilling up burgers and brats, swimming in the pool, giving tours of grounds, and ending our time together with a time of gathered worship.
Check out some of the pictures from this day.
During our time of gathered worship we had former summer staff share some testimonies about how camp has impacted their life. Mark Starr was unable to attend the event but he did send in the following letter:
So glad that people want to remember what God has done at Manitoqua in the past and reconnect with old friends once again. I wish that I was able to be there and to celebrate some of the things that God has done over the years and catch up with many of you.
Some may say that there is little value in remembering the past and call us a bunch of sentimental old people for doing so but the Bible shows us that there is great value in remembering what the Lord has done in the past. My hope is that as you remember what God did at Manitoqua many years ago and the relationships forged in the midst of that work, it will remind you of God’s greatness and encourage you to seek the Lord and His Spirit in the days ahead.
For me, this “place of the Spirit” was a witness that God could use ordinary people like me if He chose to do so and that Godly community can be an amazing thing worth working for. My hope is that you will enjoy your time at Manitoqua and it will renew your hunger for God’s Spirit and His community and ways in your life.