LeRoy has often told people that shorts and a T-shirt are his uniform and we try to find weather where those are comfortable. We’ve been here in Colorado since May 17 and we are just now beginning to have days when long pants and a sweatshirt are not required most of the day, not just in the early mornings and evenings. Day to day, we see the signs of summer’s arrival. The aspen trees had no leaves when we arrived and now they are fully leafed out. The male deer are sprouting antlers and we can almost watch them grow and begin to fork. It is about a third of a mile from the RV park to the Lodge building where meals are served and along the way we found a little clump of wild iris. At first, there was just a tall patch of green leaves. Then a few hints of color broke through.
Each day on the way home from breakfast, we stop to see the progress.
Golden Bell may have more facilities than Camp Quaker Haven where LeRoy and I, our children and now our grandchildren attended summer camp, but the purpose is the same: to lead children and adults into a deep, personal relationship with Christ. Our three youngest grandchildren are attending camp at CQH this month and I hope they find the same personal values there that we did. (Of course, LeRoy and I found each other there as well and I couldn’t ask for a better mate.) The primitive tepee area here is called Itch-ee-Ow-ee and the embankment there is a testimony to changed lived. Each stake represents a life change for some child or young person.
People ask us how we found our camp hosting job here at Golden Bell and we usually say on the internet, Workers On Wheels website, but really, I think God brought us here. Is it a perfect fit for us? Probably not, but then we’re not perfect people. Maybe God has something new in store for us.