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Wyoming Camp Meeting Emphasizes Grace and Redemption Theme »
Referred to in Wyoming as the "event of the year," Wyoming Camp Meeting brought together a group of 250 adults and children to the Casper Mountain Mills Spring Ranch, July 17-21. Each year, the gathering is “warm and family oriented,” commented Eric Nelson, VP for administration, and one of several Rocky Mountaiom Conference participants.
You could not but notice how much the camp venue, refurbished and newly painted, added to the blessing of the five days of spiritual feasting. A group of enthusiastic volunteers from Maranatha Volunteers International who have been working to upgrade the camp, said their job is not done, yet. They contributed not only hundreds of hours of labor, but purchased many of the building supplies. Not worried about the high elevation of Casper Mountain, “they are anxious to come back and do more painting and other needed tasks,” Eric Nelson said.
“We will long remember this mountain-top experience,” said Mic Thurber, Mid-America Union ministerial director and a guest speaker for the gathering.
Thurber, who spoke of a theme of grace and the redemption work of God for His children, added his comment about his own experience at Mills Spring Ranch. “My wife Jana and I were so blessed to have been with the Wyoming part of the conference family last week. It was such a joy to meet new friends, share in the Word together, and be blessed by the great fellowship, music, and wonderful setting,” he said.
The camp meeting preparation was coordinated by Chuck Gadway, pastor in Northwest Wyoming, who was joined by fellow-ministers from the state. Following morning devotionals by DeeAnn Bragaw, RMC prayer and women ministries director, several Wyoming church pastors presented mid-morning and afternoon seminars, a palette of messages, both on theological and mission-oriented topics.
On the final day, Sabbath School included an interview with Delinda Hamilton, RMC family life coordinator, and a discussion on the Sabbath School lesson by the RMC leadership team. A baptism, Wyoming reports, and a music program added to the Sabbath afternoon program.
"The Wyoming Camp Meeting gave people from all over Wyoming and beyond the opportunity to fellowship and pray together and receive inspiring and practical presentations,” shared Mickey Mallory, RMC ministerial director.
The camp meeting participants also bid farewell to Matt Moreland and family. Matt is joining RMC's trust services team at the end of the summer. Responsible for annual summer and winter youth camps, he was also recognized for his managerial skills to upgrade the Mills Spring Ranch Camp facilities. A day after the camp meeting, 70 kids came for a weeklong summer camp.
--Rajmund Dabrowski; photos by Susan Inglish and Steve Hamilton