In some ways, it seems like just yesterday we arrived here at Pineview. But, in other respects, it has been a while. My family (with my wife Janna and 5 of our kids- Noah, Moses, Sarah, Rachel, and Becky), my aunt Sandy, Janna's Parents (Jack and Nancy Snyder), and her brother and his family (Mark and Janelle, Christian, Aurora, and Petra) arrived safely on Saturday, June 12 after a two thousand mile drive from California. Alyssa, 19, is currently still living in Fresno and is considering moving to Mississippi down the road to join us.
Our adventure started off immediately; we hosted our first youth camp last week. Woo hoo. It was awesome. We provided the accommodations and meals, their youth pastor lead the program and recreation. Of course, there were hiccups along the way, including one of the dorms' air conditioning units going out after the first night, but it was an overwhelmingly positive experience for us all. This past Sunday, we were invited to their church, Big Creek Baptist Church, in Waynesboro. The church took the time to pray over us and the ministry. Thank you.
We are now in a phase where we balance working on the many projects at hand and spending meaningful time with our families. However, so many little projects (that I call ankle-biters) need to be addressed. Our goal is to open for "camp" ministry with Winter Camps from November-February, followed by a summer camp program in 2022.
I am already working on a regular newsletter to go out to those on our email lists at the start of each month. Here are a few ways you can get involved with the ministry here at Pineview.
Volunteer your time and talents. With over 38,000 ft2 of building space, we have countless projects on the "to-do" list before opening for full camp experience in summer 2022. We would love for you to bring your family and friends and lend a helping hand. (We can pick you up from Jackson, MS, or Memphis, TN airports).
Financially sponsor a project. The actual "cabins" where we plan on running Christian youth camps are not yet built! We would love your family or church group to sponsor materials for one of the many projects around camp. Visit our projects page for a preview of the most pressing project needs, or donate to contribute to help meet a need.
Donate one-time or ongoing. The financial costs of this project are immense. We would be honored by any monetary gifts. We are currently in the process of becoming a 501c(3) non-profit to allow donations to the camp to be tax-deductible, but cannot guarantee your gift will be deductible until we hear back from the IRS.
Please also feel free to comment below or contact us and let us know what you've been up to. We'd love to hear from you and pray for you personally in our morning staff meeting.