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Western Slope Camp Meeting Hearkens Back to the Old Days »
Giving life to the impression of an old-time camp meeting with presentations on the unique message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Mike Ryan was the featured speaker for the Western Slope camp meeting held August 1-4. He traced major historical figures in the church, asserting that it’s our turn now, our time to stand for our faith and take the gospel to the world. Ryan was a former general VP for the General Conference, and is currently assistant to the president in charge of strategic planning.
Held in the foothills 15 miles outside Montrose, this was the third camp meeting on the Western Slope following a ten-year hiatus. More than 200 people, up from 182 last year, erected tents or stayed in cabins or motorhomes. Some drove in from nearby towns. Attendance has grown each year following its resurrection.
"Montrose pastor, Fritz Krieger "has done a marvelous job of getting these camp meetings started again on the Western Slope," explained Ron Johnson, Grand Junction Church member.
Seminars presented by pastors Nate Skaif, Eliezer Roque, Ron Price, and Carol Sikora focused on healthful living, digging deep into the Bible, healthy relationships, and witnessing.
Jim Burr, recognized throughout the world for his achievements in telescope design and manufacturing, was on hand to share his perspective on astronomy and the Bible with affirming evidence of creation. Using two of his telescopes, he gave attendees the opportunity to view Jupiter, along with two of its moons.
Events for the youth were led by Wildfire, a group from Campion.
"The presence of the Spirit was evident," said Johnson. "The inspiring meetings and seminars, catching up with friends, getting better acquainted with the speakers and making new friends in a scenic location made for a spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically refreshing retreat." Ron and wife Linda took advantage of the scenic location, hiking the Simms Mesa Trail before dawn one morning, watching the sun rise in the smoky eastern sky over the Elk Mountains and picking blueberries along the valley trail.
“Meals provided a time for good fellowship,” said Eric Nelson, VP for RMC administration. “Huddles of people enjoyed conversing and I frequently heard exclamations like, ‘It’s so good to see you’ followed by hugs and more visiting.”
-- Carol Bolden; photos by Ron Johnson