Staff Alumni Newsletters
Summer 2013 info:
Bible Round Up Theme: Life's ULTIMATE Questions
Each day of camp features small group time focused on the Bible Round-Up theme for the summer. This year we will consider "Life's ULTIMATE Questions," the kinds of questions that every person considers in life. Who am I? Why am I here? Do the choices I make matter? What difference does my life make? We'll explore the answers to these questions, guiding the campers to the truth for their lives.
2013 Staff Theme: Momentum:
"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12-14).
Our goal is to have the summer staff hired by the beginning of April. At the beginning of March, there are still positions available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. Volunteer applications for Ranch Hand, Wrangler, Kitchen Help, and Waitress are also available.
Staff Family...(Reposted March 3, 2012)
“For through Christ we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” (Eph. 2:18-22)."
What a statement! For every one of us that has access to the Father by the Holy Spirit because of our relationship to Christ, we have a unique relationship to EACH OTHER as well. We are NOT
- aliens (as in unknown, not-natural residents, even illegal aliens; this doesn’t refer to
- little green men from outer space – but we’re not those either)
- a rubble heap; an abandoned and condemned building ready to be torn down.
Instead, we are
- fellow citizens
- members of God’s household = part of the family
- a structure built on a solid foundation
- a building fit for being God’s residence
- a structure being built by every person that is included, altogether becoming a dwelling place that God lives in.
What a contrast! Christians are not to be foreigners to each other. They are not to be alienated. They are not to act like simply acquaintances or even unknown persons. They are not to be like a building that is unfit for God’s personal presence. But we ARE to be united for a common cause and serving the same kingdom (fellow citizens). We are to act like family, members of God’s family. Then there is the building imagery. Just as a building needs a solid foundation, we need to remember that we as fellow Christians are part of the same building and we have a solid foundation – our fellow believers who knew Jesus in person and Jesus himself. In other words, we as believers are not just random boards tacked together and hoping that we’ll survive the storms. We are a well-planned, well-designed structure (because God designed it), with a history of stability (truth) established on the foundation stones of those who were there with Jesus at the first and who have passed the baton on to us to continue the mission. We are a building that is made more and more secure and stable as additional building materials are added (more believers and growth of believers toward the truth). We are a building that is fit to be God’s dwelling place. We are not just designed to be a stinky barn only fit for pigs or chickens (both very foul smelling, in my opinion). We are designed to be the residence of a KING, our Lord!
So that is what we are as fellow believers in Jesus Christ. But what about us as not just fellow believers but as those who have worked for the King side by side here at WLD? Shouldn’t this passage be describing us as well? Shouldn’t we, in our interactions as current summer staff or in our interactions as staff alumni who may see each other only occasionally, shouldn’t we be living out this passage? How can you act as fellow citizens and as God’s family members toward each other? How can you be a part of supporting and strengthening the building which is God’s residence?
Now, when the Bible talks about family, it is not telling us to follow the world’s way of doing family (fighting/ignoring/disowning/avoiding/rejecting/forgetting/not-being-friends-because-you-are-part-of-the-family). Instead, think of family in terms of our Triune God – Father, Son, and Spirit - who always are united in purpose, intimate, caring, devoted, loving, honoring the other, and never out-of-sorts with each other. While we are far from perfect, that should be our goal with our fellow believers. Family is designed to support, to encourage, and to care for one another – and to have fun together. So as fellow Christians and as Ranch family, what do each of us need to do in order to live out the truth of Ephesians 2:18-22?
As a full-time ministry staff, our desire is that each of you who have been touched by Jesus Christ by being a part of WLD Ranch will continue to grow deeper in your relationship with our Lord. As we encourage and support each other in our walk with the Lord, we will be strengthening one another and adding stability to our part of the grand structure that is the body (or building) of Christ. We desire your support – pray for us, and pray for our ministry. We desire to support you as well. Stay connected with us through the website, email, and www.facebook.com/WLDRanch. Come by to visit. Keep us informed about what you are up to so we can pray for you as well. Don’t be a stranger. After all, we are family . . .