First Camp of 2009


Camp Hopetown is officially in full swing!

Today is day three, and we've been blessed with a most laid back and enjoyable group to get us into the swing of things! ?We started camp with Star Trek. You might ask, why? The Star Trek in theaters is about how Captain Kirk and Spock came to be...what struggles they went through, what their families were like, how their environments shaped them, the paths they essence: their stories. Melissa then taught on Joshua 4:19-20, where God said to scoop stones up from the riverbed and put them on the bank of the Jordan in remembrance of His drying the waters to move them across it. Being a forgetful people, He encourages us also to remember our stories: the ones that make us who we are. We have therefore gone back to our younger days to see how we became Kylie, Carter, Lauren, and Taylor...and how God worked in our stories. One of the girls today talked about how it is not through the huge stones, but through the little ones that make up the pathway before her, that she has become who she is. She told a story from when she was little about how her mom would come into her room after she'd fallen asleep and invite her to climb in her bed and watch ice skating when her dad was out of town. Such sweet memories were for her, the stones she wanted to place in remembrance.

On a practical note...we wanted to catch ya'll up on our current state of affairs at Daystar (that make this amazing place possible): ?

*We have currently raised $62,290 out of our $140,000 summer goal! We are SO thankful for the many of you who have made this possible. We, however, have a little farther to go. If you all know of anyone we should send summer info to that might be interested in supporting us, please let us know. ?

Thank You,
Kathleen & Brian
"My story is important not because it is mine, God knows, but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize that in many ways it is yours...It is precisely through these stories in all their particularity, as I have long believed and often said, that God makes himself known to each of us most powerfully and personally. If this is true it means that to lose track of our stories is to be profoundly impoverished not only humanly but also spiritually."?
Frederick Buechner
Telling Secrets