We went to Winema Christian camp in Lincoln City for Week of Missions. It was our first time there and we enjoyed it! There were classes for the boys from 9 to noon, while John and I joined the other adults for a lecture. Then from noon to 7 was free time, coming back for another lecture and worship service at night. It was a week of fellowship, teaching, and inspiring stories from missionaries from all over the world. The kids were asking us by the second day, would we promise to come back every year?!! Here are a few photos of what we enjoyed:
It was really great weather, for the Coast. The boys even got a little tan! It only rained once. The clouds opened up and poured while we were in the middle of the lake. Sam and Josiah paddled the Funyaks all over by themselves and John and I took Caleb in the canoe. So, even though noone tipped and fell out, the rain was drenching enough that we all looked like we had, afterwards. But it made the hot cocoa taste all the better, when we got to it!
The Johnstons have gone to Winema for years and seem to know everyone (and there were over 500 people registered) but made sure we felt welcome and comfortable. They had told us for the last few years how great Missions week is, and it definitely lived up to all their hype! Here they are, enjoying Tillamook with us. I wish I had taken pictures of our bonfire nights with the S’mores feasts we shared-those were pretty impressive! Sticky, but impressive.
The boys and I at Tillamook. You like my bright blue doo-rag? Yeah. My hair texture and ocean air humidity are not a good mix. As silly as this bandana looked, it was an improvement on my Medusa-like locks.
Caleb’s courage muscle is on steroids lately! It is amazing to see him embracing all kinds of activities that just six months ago he would shun. This Summer he has ridden three wheelers, paddled canoes, climbed trees, learned to ride a bike, and taken on 50 foot waterslides without batting an eye.
Sam had been scooping at tiny fish in the lake, without success, for a half hour when Caleb walked up and asked what he was doing. Sam explained and Caleb said “Like this?” and caught this fish in one try. The incredulous look on Sam’s face was priceless! It’s a good thing for Caleb that his big brother is so easy-going, he might have been socked in the eye by a more envious, competitive personality!