A big part of the month of August each year is taken up with our
annual family 10-day church Campmeeting,
a rich tradition that has been carried down from pioneer times.
We have made this event a major priority in the life of our family every year.
It is a wonderful opportunity to remove yourself completely from the grind and drudgery of this daily life.
The daily grind of life can be a real drain on one’s spiritual life,
and campmeeting is a wonderful time to ‘re-charge’ one’s spirit and life.
This world is not a friend to God.
From the early morning prayer meeting at 6:30 to the nightly prayer meeting at 10:00,
and services throughout the day, there is something for every one.
Children’s services, Youth services, missionary services,
Bible study. Oh, what a pleasure it was to sit in Rev. Grile’s rich study of the life of Abraham!
The purposes of the Camp, as stated in the brochure, are
- To provide a special time and place for the salvation of sinners, the sanctification of believers, and the perfection of the saints.
- To uphold time-honored and historically tested moral standards.
- To bring a new awakening and enrichment to the hearts of believers.
- To offer instruction in doctrine, majoring on entire sanctification in which the believer is cleansed from the sinful nature and is wholly devoted to Christ.
- To set a pattern of devotion and piety for the churches.
- To be a challenge to the world’s program of entertainment which is sweeping the land today.
- To confirm that the world has nothing comparable with the fellowship, joy, and enthusiasm of a Spirit-filled camp meeting.
The special singers for the camp were the Watchmen Quartet,
comprised of Wesley Hunting, Bill McCoy, Tim Hatfield and Archie Atwell,
all preachers. They did an outstanding job with the music.
Rev. Mark Deeter, leading in prayer for one of the services.
We kneel for prayer, if able. These were my pew companions for the evening, some praying, and some not!
(My, how hard those old wooden pews become after 10 days!)
The 2 evangelists for the Camp were Rev. Archie Atwell
and Rev. Bill MyCoy, below.
They both did an excellent job of preaching to the needs of the Camp,
and how thankful we are for the truth that we heard.
The time between services is well used by the children.
The rug outside our trailer became the daily play area for some kind of game.
I could not figure out just what the game was, it was very complicated, involved forts made from rocks, sticks,
empty pop cans, etc.
I believe that it was a battlefield, or armies of some sort, and there was much strategizing always going on.
At any rate, it kept a great number of children entertained
for many days, though it made navigating in and out of the trailer interesting!
It seemed that the number of children grew every day,
and I was glad that they were just outside my door and easy to keep an eye on.
Wonderful memories were being made.
Have you ever attended an old-fashioned
“Thus saith the LORD,
stand ye in the ways, and see,
and ask for the old paths,
where is the good way, and walk therein,
and ye shall find rest for your souls.
But they said, We will not walk therein.”
Yes, there is rest in walking in the old ways.