Clarence & I were involved with Camp Mishewah right from the beginning. We began by renting a tent trailer for family camp those first years and then bought our own.
Our children both worked at camp during the summer throughout their teenaged years as well as attend as campers. I remember them crying they didn’t want to go to camp and then crying when we picked them up because they didn’t want to leave.
Clarence and I helped in whatever area was needed, he mostly outside work, cutting wood, grass and fixing broken mowers etc. I helped inside the buildings doing whatever was needed to be done.
There were some memorable experiences that we still chuckle about. One of our former district superintendents who loved fishing came later after family camp to catch the big one. As he was nearing the creek he caught the big one and it gave him quite a fight. When he reeled in he had a pair of men’s underwear on his line. He embarrassedly asked us not to tell anyone what he caught.
We have met many Mishewah friends over the years and still connect with those who don’t come any longer. We still enjoy ice cream and milkshakes after evening service but miss the jam sessions in the dining hall when people brought their instruments and we sang and stomped our feet till it was quiet time. There was lots of good teaching in the services at family camp and one that comes to mind frequently was a teaching from Ephesians 3.
God is able to use each one of us accomplish his purpose when we are obedient to be willing to fill in the gap where we are needed. The work we do, however small or large prepares the way for those who follow us to accomplish what God wants done in the lives of the campers at Camp Mishewah, My motto is Just do it.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.