Campfires and Transformation

Our Christian tradition gives us many examples of how God used fire to transform people. God spoke to Moses through the burning bush (Exodus 3). The power and authority of God was demonstrated when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were spared in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3). In the New Testament, God sent down a wind that appeared as tongues of fire above the followers of Jesus and anointed them (Acts 2:1-4).

Fire is powerful in our physical world and also in our spiritual life. Oh, how well we know that at Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center! Every summer camp day draws to a close with the campers gathered around a fire, singing both silly songs that draw us together in laughter and heartfelt songs that call on God to open our hearts. At these campfires, campers engage in real discussion and exploration with their deans and counselors about the power and love of Christ.

Aldersgate campfires are transformative.

Derek Robinette was a former camper at Aldersgate and is presently the Associate Pastor at St. Matthew’s UMC and the Campus Pastor at River City UMC in Louisville. While sitting at the Lodge Campfire Ring at Aldersgate for an evening campfire, Derek heard the Lord calling him into a relationship with Jesus, as well as, into a vocation of ministry.

Aldersgate campfires are transformative.

This year our C.A.M.P Workday projects are focusing on efforts that will enhance the experience of campers and guests. A number of these projects will improve the campfire rings we have around camp. To support these projects, we are challenging ourselves to raise $5,000. We have raised $145 already! This money will be used to purchase supplies in advance so that our volunteer work teams will have everything they need to be successful. 

Remember, a week of summer camp at Aldersgate can be transformative. $350 will rebuild all of the benches around the Lodge Campfire Ring. $200 will rebuild the benches around one of our smaller rings, and we want to rebuild the seats around Outpost, Chapel Ring, and Backpacking. Please consider supporting this mission by making a donation today.

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