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A summer off? Not exactly!

Although we obviously don't have any school weeks, the summer is still a busy season with a variety of ministry opportunities and a lot of behind-the-scenes Coastlands work.  It also provides time to catch up on work that I typically get far behind on during the school year.

8th Summer at Camp Iroquoina!

Much of June is spent preparing 22 lessons, handouts, Powerpoints, and object lessons for 2 weeks of boys camp in Hallstead, PA.  Returning year after year provides opportunities to meet and invest in new campers as well as build upon established relationships with other campers like Jaden and Corey (pictured above).  Working at Christian camps since 2001 has fully convinced me that camp changes lives, making all the hard work and exhaustion worth it! :)
During the first week at Camp Iroquoina, the vice principal and Bible teacher at Upton Lake Christian School was speaking at another nearby Christian camp, so it was fun to spend about an hour with him at a local Dunkin Donuts as well.
The Christian Camp and Conference Association lists "5 values of Christian camping: 1. Genuine community is experienced. 2. Ministry to the whole person takes place. 3. Relationships are built with God and others. 4. Memories and major life commitments are made. 5. Tomorrow’s leaders are developed today."

High School Visitors

A few summers ago I intentionally reduced my formal summer ministry schedule in order to spend time with smaller groups of students who I've already known for many years.

Two different groups of high school guys, one from Maine and one from New York City, came to visit this summer.  We kayaked, went to Boston, hung out at the beach, played ping pong and laser tag, etc.  It's always a fun part of the summer!

Vacation!

After a difficult spring, I decided to sign up for a week of vacation at Camp of the Woods in the Adirondacks.  It was an all-around incredible week - fun, relaxing, and spiritually refreshing!  

There was another group of 7 people from NH, and I already knew 2 of the youth from our local Christian school and had previously met their dad at a church service!  They invited me to join them, and it ended up being the perfect balance of "alone time" and "people time".  I'm so thankful I went!

Family Time

Much of my Coastlands and personal work in the summer can be done from anywhere, so I'm also able to visit my family in NY, including my parents who come up from Florida for a few months.  

"CHRIST IS THE ANSWER"  This hillside sign is located in the area in which I grew up.  When I was young it didn't mean much to me; however, the older I've grown the more I've understood the truth of it.  I'm thankful for those who have faithfully maintained it for decades!

Financial Update

Although the summer is very busy, it is a difficult season financially since we don't have any income from schools.  We are currently experiencing a serious shortfall.  Would you consider helping us get through these lean months?  We have a fundraising page set up at http://givesendgo.com/coastlandssummer2017, and all donations made to Coastlands are tax-deductible.  If you'd prefer to send a check, it can be made out to "Coastlands Consultants" and sent to 345 Coolidge Ave., Manchester, NH 03102.

Thanks for your prayers and support!
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