Missy

I have had the pleasure of working as the Day Camp Director at Lakeside Christian Camp and Retreat Center for the past 5 summers.  Initially, I took the job so that my own kids could spend as much time at Lakeside as possible because they loved it so much!  I had no idea how much this job would impact and enrich my own life!  It has been such a privilege to see the Day Camp program grow and touch the lives of so many children with the gospel of Christ.  

Each year we increased our goal of reaching unchurched and underserved children with the gospel.  Last year we were at an all-time high for the number of day campers in attendance at Lakeside and 37 campers responded to the gospel last summer!  In the summer of 2018, we had reached several underserved families through a local street fair and offered them a deep discount to send their kids to day camp.  We were blessed by the opportunities to share the gospel and the love of Christ with these children.  In 2019 we attended the same street fair with similar outreach intentions, and we were so amazed as family after family sought out our table at the fair to see if their children could return in 2019!  It was so exciting to see, not only the initial impact of the gospel, but also the ongoing opportunity for discipleship and spiritual growth in our community!   I could go on for pages and pages with testimonies of the amazing ways God is working in the lives of campers and staff alike.  Here are just two contrasting highlights…