|Every Christmas, I always find myself going back to and pondering the word Emmanuel. I can never get it out of my head; I am left in awe of what this word means for me and how incredibly this word changes my life, changes all our lives.|
Emmanuel — God with us.
This one simple word holds so much weight and in it, I am reminded of just how much God loves us. The Christmas story is about God coming to be with us. He did not have to come, but he chose to show his deep love for us by sending his son Jesus, Emmanuel, to be with us.
Jesus left his throne of glory in heaven to be born in a mucky and miry stable, in the form of a baby. People were expecting a king full of power to come save them, but instead they got a little baby in a feeding trough, born among cows and sheep — not exactly the glorious entrance into the world they were expecting. But in this humble birth of Jesus, God shows that he longs to be with us in all our dirt and confusion and chaos because he loves us. What a beautiful gift that is — that the Lord of the universe chooses to come and step into our lives and sit with us in our mess!
Throughout Bethel Bible Camp’s 76 years of running camps, God has been with us. And we continually see ways in which God is with us in our ministry of proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour to all who come. Over the past couple years, with all the planning and fundraising for our Camp Made New building project, God has so evidently been with us. This project could not be where it is today without God’s hand and provision in it all. At our last board meeting, we reviewed the fundraising numbers for our building project and I was astounded to see that we have raised over $500,000 since December, 2020 — in just one year! That would not be possible if God was not with us, working in and through the generosity of so many who are connected to Bethel. And now, as the walls and roof of the new building begin to go up, we are humbled by the ways God continues to be with us in this project and in our camp.
So, in whatever circumstances you are in this season, in whatever hurt or heartache or pain you have, I pray that this Christmas you come to know more fully that our God came to earth to be with you in those broken places. This Christmas, may you feel Christ’s nearness and remember that God is with you and for you, both now and always. May that be the hope we cling to this Christmas season.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
Krista Siewert, on behalf of the Bethel Bible Camp Committee
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.
Summer 2022 Camp Dates!
Summer is just around the corner! Mark these dates down in your Calendar! W e can’t wait to see you!
WIWACS June 3-5
Soccer Camp June 10-12
Ladies Retreat June 24-26
Family Camp June 30-Jul 3
Senior High Camp July 3-9
Junior High Camp July 10-16
CTP July 17-23
Day Camp 1 July 19-20
Day Camp 2 July 21-22
Intermediate Camp July 24-29
Filipino Family Camp July 29-Aug1
CAYA August 2-5
Children’s Camp 1 August 7-10
Children’s Camp 2 August 10-13
Girls’ Camp August 14-20
BTS (Back-to-school) August 26-28
We Miss seeing you all!
Our staff and community miss you, so though the summer we will have some adventures, excitements, encouragements, and support from some of our staff. You will find that all here. We would love to hear from you. Check us out on Instagram & Facebook
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|We are had a LIVE virtual Campfire, and we would love you to watch it again! |