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Oceanwood Camp

Aug 11 2019

Oceanwood is a beautiful Christian camp in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Thirty years ago, my wife and I did shows there once every week. Since then we've done a couple shows there, but never for the actual camp program: rather the occaisional retreat that rented the facility. Last week, after all this time, we returned to do a show for their summer camp program. Specifically, our audience was a combination of elementary aged day campers and teen overnight campers. The latter group were mostly from Massachusetts. It was a wide age range but they all enjoyed the hour long show.

We were invited to arrive early so we could have lunch at the camp, and we enjoyed cold cuts and salad with some of the kids and staff. One counselor sitting with us turned out to have grown up in the same Vermont town I am from! He graduated in 2006, 27 years after I did, but remarkably we had a couple of the same teachers.

After a nice time of interacting with him and other camp folk, we went to the building where the show was to be performed. The program coordinator- a biology major- enjoyed playing with our doves and rabbit before the audience arrived. I had been told of a 12 year old camper named Emily who could juggle. Before we started I asked her to show me what she could do. She was very smooth with three ball cascades, reverses, and showers. She could also do four and multiplex five.

Then it was time to start. I did an hour long set, and the kids were with me the whole time. I trust the Gospel presentation was clear, and we had time to interact with them afterwards. After all these years it was nice to be back, and the staff and kids all said they wanted us back, hopefully in less than 30 years time.

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The presentation was fun and encouraging... The gospel message was clear and encouraging. I purchased your book and just finished it. Your scope is broad and again encouraging. May God continue to bless your ministry. I will encourage others to read your book. -Parishioner of a local church

"Hey, I  wanted to say that was a great message in chapel today! It touched something:) thanks for doing it!" -High School Student  

"We are so grateful that you brought your amazing ministry back to our church this year... The Gospel message you bring applies to all!  It is such a positive, valuable work that you do."  -Coordinator of Christian Ed. UCC Church

"There's no questioning it. This is powerful stuff. It's extremely touching at times, never less than entertaining, and I see a lot of sincere love for Jesus in you guys."  -Dwight Lilies, song writer

The Lord has given you a wonderful window through which to present the Gospel!   - Field Director of Alliance Missions to Paraguay

"What a wonderful ministry to both children and adults.  In past years it has been a struggle to arrange programing that would hold the attention of all ages, but also challenge each heart with God's gift of Salvation.  Thank you for sharing your ministry."  -Sunday School Sup't.

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