Month: June 2013

Farewell Camp Allen

June 30, 2013 | Comments Off on Farewell Camp Allen
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I’ve been sharing so many fun, crazy highlights of our time here at the Camp Allen Family Retreat, but woven in and through every event has been the solid teaching of the Word of God. Phil Count has served as our camp pastor this week, giving the families much-needed nourishment from the Bible. One of…

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Shaving Cream Surprise 

June 29, 2013 | Comments Off on Shaving Cream Surprise 
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There we were last night, Ken and me enjoying a leisurely, candle-lit dinner with the moms and dads when, all of a sudden, we heard screams from outside. We ran to the windows and — lo and behold — it was a super-sized shaving cream battle happening on the lawn. We knew that the volunteers…

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Superhero Night!

June 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Superhero Night!
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Yes, that’s me as Wonder Woman (Cat Woman stole my black wig) and Ken as the all-time favorite, Spider Man! That other photo is all four Superheroes ready to make our grand entrance at the disco (our Joni and Friends President, Doug Mazza on the far left striking the fearsome Batman pose, and Marc Stein,…

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Overcoming Fear

June 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Overcoming Fear
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Melissa is 14-years-old and has Down syndrome. She used to have a hard time making friends. She worried they wouldn’t like her because she had a disability. But Melissa decided she wouldn’t let her disability or fear stop her from having a good time. She wanted to try something new and exciting…basketball! Melissa was still…

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Lots of New Families!

June 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Lots of New Families!
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Meet the Woodward family, first-timers to Camp Allen Family Retreat and VERY familiar with the daily challenges of autism. Ken and I spent Wednesday greeting over 20 new families as well as more than 40 alumni-families — and each mom and dad, each kid with a disability and his siblings, EVERYONE is looking forward to…

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Cause 4 Life Web Series: Even in the Valleys

June 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Cause 4 Life Web Series: Even in the Valleys
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Raising children with disability can be challenging and heartbreaking. For Janet, a mother of two sons who have severe cerebral palsy, it was more than she could bear…until she found the love of God. Watch as Janet shares with our Cause 4 Life interns how she learned to give her burdens to God. She now…

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Press On into Fun and Fellowship

June 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Press On into Fun and Fellowship
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Morning worship was awesome, and our camp speaker gave a stirring message. Then, after Ken and I finished our workshop speaking to the moms and dads, we headed outside for some fun (we spoke on Phil. 3:14 and how a disability in the family forces a couple to press into Jesus every minute of every day). We…

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Jenny’s Story

June 26, 2013 | Comments Off on Jenny’s Story
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“I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.”  -Philippians 4:13 Do you remember this month’s Kids’ Corner theme? It’s fear and worry, and we wanted to share another great story from one of our Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life interns. Jenny, overcame her fear when she decided to serve…

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Family Retreat: Every Life Counts

June 26, 2013 | Comments Off on Family Retreat: Every Life Counts
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It’s the stories that really get to me when Ken and I are at Family Retreat – the pains, the hopes, the shattered dreams, all of it weaving a beautiful story of the preciousness of life and the need to depend on God every day. Moment by moment. I thought about this when I happened to…

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First Morning At Family Retreat

June 26, 2013 | Comments Off on First Morning At Family Retreat
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We’ve arrived at camp, enjoyed a good night’s rest, and now we are off to greet the volunteers-in-training. The special-needs families arrive this afternoon and we are all prayed up! Oh, and thank you so much for praying that my chair would arrive in one piece – the airlines took good care of it and…

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