On Monday July 09, 2007 my wife Madge and I arrived at the Hill around 2:00 p.m. in time to help with the evening meal for 280 campers and a total of 355 counting the kitchen staff and Cabin Group Leaders (CGL’s). For the life of me I cannot even remember what the evening meal was.
I have attended this same campground several times as a kid myself, and enjoyed being there. I was one of those kids who could have got in trouble if I would have been caught. You know, the sneaky tpe. It was at this camp that I spent several invitations at the front praying and asking forgiveness, and for God to show me His will for my life. There was also times I went forward because of girl troubles. Like thinking you had a girlfriend, but when you get to camp she pays more attention to others and none to you. At least, that was how it appeared to me at the time.
In 1980 I attended Barry County Southern Baptist Association annual camp at Baptist Hill for the first time as a “counselor” – that is what they were called then. That first time I had about 10 teenage boys ages 13-17, and had a wonderful time with them. It was my privilege to be used by the Lord to lead four of them to faith in Jesus Christ. That encouraged me to want to return for about 9 more years in a row.
BCSBA asked me to serve on the Board of Baptist Hill Campground and I did for several years. It was a blessing to me. I served on the Board of the Hill until I left the association for another church in another association, and it wasn’t long and they asked me to serve on the Hill’s Board, to which I agreed.
I just told all of that, there is more I could tell, but won’t; to say that I do have a heart for the Hill and the kids who attend the camps there. The Hill is basically owned by eight different associations, and we take turns using it for camps.
The past few days have been quite hurried, and tiring. I did hear at least one girl telling the other kitchen help that she had been saved. I know in my heart there were many more. It was great to hear of just that one. That is one of the things, and the best thing about camp. That is after all why we go and spend that time of fellowship, and getting to know one another as adults. There are multiple blessings and some that is hard to explain.
When there are kids who come through the line of the cafeteria and thanking you for the good food. And, you know that some of them are not getting a good meal at home, that some of their parents just don’t care; it grips your heart.
I pray God’s richest blessings on all who have a part in helping children come to the place of receiving Jesus, growing in Him, and becoming servants of the Lord.
One last thing: On Tuesday morning we served over 45 dozen eggs, and several pounds of bacon, and hundreds of slices of toast, many bowls of cereal, orange juice, apple juice in abundance. It was good to be a part of seeing so many kids enjoying being in a place where Jesus Christ is glorified, uplifted and praised. This morning, Thursday July 12, we served biscuits and gravy for breakfast, and it was good stuff. We served other meals but these seem the most memorable. Bless the Lord.
-Tim A. Blankenship