Chase Evans, a student at ASU, shared a story from camp this past summer explaining how God taught him about the impact that genuine love and caring has on people.
Here’s what Chase had to say!
“It was the fifth week of camp and it was a lower attendance week. As a cabin lead, that eliminates some of my responsibilities inside the bunkhouses, which gave me more time to really be intentional, spending more time outside with campers. I remember meeting a guy the first night of camp at the dinner table, he was a real big guy, bigger than I am (which is rare) and he was sitting by himself. So Kenneth (another staffer) and myself sat down next to him and started to engage him in small talk. It quickly became clear he was not happy to be at camp. His friends had pressured him into coming to this camp in Arkansas 8 hours away from his home in Texas and he just was really just wondering why he had come in the first place. I then noticed his cowboy boots and his shirt had the name of a cattle ranch on it. I immediately knew that I could connect with him for the rest of the week since I have a background of ranch-handing and doing similar things he loved to do.”
“You don’t have what it takes to make this happen,” said Russ Hodge, Principal of The Hodge Group. Russ was hired by Camp Siloam to coach Jason Wilkie, Executive Director, through the capital campaign for a new dining hall. “With the giving history of Camp Siloam you can’t raise the funds you need to construct what you envision for the camp.”
“But we need to feed 1,000 kids in an hour; 3,000 meals a day,”replied Wilkie. The current dining hall was the Masonic Lodge for Siloam Springs in 1923. Wilkie had been told by a structural engineer, a health inspector and the Fire Marshall that the building needed to be replaced. A comfortable dining hall that fit the architectural design of the camp was critical to the long range plan for the camp.
“If that is your goal, then you will need a transformative gift from outside of your network of people,”said Hodge. The staff had laid their long-range plans before the Lord and they felt their goal of $3.4 million was what was needed. So they began to pray. For 20 months the year-round staff of Camp Siloam asked the Lord to touch the hearts of someone who was not in their base of donors.Read More »
Have you ever wondered how powerful a simple prayer really is, even if it is for a complete stranger?
Christopher (Chris) LyBrand, a student at ASU, worked at Camp Siloam this past summer. Chris shared with us his absolute, favorite story from the summer which involved a simple prayer for a camper he knew nothing about. Read More »
In 2015, Seth Price was hired as a summer staffer for Camp Siloam. This year, summer 2016, he returned for a second summer, but this time he had the opportunity to bring his sister, Sarah along with him. How cool is that?
Here’s why Sarah decided to apply for a summer staff position at Camp Siloam this past summer:Read More »
“I first applied after Robert came to visit Arkansas Tech’s campus during my freshman year. I had already applied for another camp and wanted to do something for the Lord, while also being productive during my summer. I went to Camp Siloam throughout junior high and high school attending Faith Week. I remember thinking as a camper that it would be cool to work at a camp one day, but Siloam didn’t cross my mind at the time. When Robert came, I was wondering why I hadn’t thought of it before! I loved going to camp there! I interviewed with Robert, applied, and prayed about it. I was thrilled to get offered a job at camp, even if it was in the kitchen!”
Olivia Treglown and her twin sister, Kristen, both ATU students, have served at Camp Siloam since the summer of 2014. Olivia shared with us some of her favorite memories from working as a summer staffer over the last few years. Read More »
“Have you thought about being a Siloam Springs summer staffer? Are you unsure what impact you could possibly leave? Are you unsure of how big of a difference you could make?”
This was the start of an email Camp Siloam received this past weekend from a former camper, Will Jackson. Will is currently a freshman at the University of Central Arkansas.
“Listen to my story. I grew up in the typical, small, Southern Baptist Church. I had a revolving door of youth ministers throughout my time in our youth group. When my seventh grade summer came around my new youth group decided to go to Siloam Springs church camp. I was reluctant because I was the only boy going.
Because of our ever changing youth leadership, guys in the group were far and few between. This made growing in my faith as a young teenage boy next to what seemed to be impossible. I didn’t know hardly any guys around my age that were strong in their faith. I went ahead and went to camp and while I was there I met one of the summer staffers.
This summer staffer and I clicked immediately and we hung out all week. He was one of the first guys that I had met around my age who I thought I could spiritually benefit from. I got his phone number and we kept in contact all throughout my high school career and his college career.”
Each summer, Camp Siloam becomes home to 70+ college students. Although the camp welcomes thousands of campers over the course of the summer, the college students who call camp home in the summer are crucial to the ministry Camp Siloam does. Every year, during the last two weeks of May, the Home Team excitedly awaits the arrival of the college students who have graciously given up their summer to help this ministry further God’s kingdom.
From the first day of orientation to the night of the end of the summer staff banquet, through tears and laughter, long days and short weeks, the experience and bonds that these college students take with them after they leave the summer are something they will cherish forever.
Don’t believe me? Just ask Mallory Jones, a young lady who served on the 2015 and 2016 summer staff, as well as served at other camp events, such as Radiant and the Fall Retreat.Read More »