Drew Timmer - Introducing This Summer's Staff Blog

Hey everyone! I'm Drew - the Director of Ministries here at SON-Life. Exciting things are happening at our camp and this page is dedicated to sharing some of those instances! We serve a powerful God who has been faithful to this ministry for just over 40 years... but what really happens here at SON-life that's so special?? God is very easy to find here! When you unplug from regular life and get out into God's creation, it doesn't take long before you start to see God working. And anyone who's encountered Him knows that those moments are hard to walk away from unchanged. That's how amazing our God is! He's at work everyday and all we want to do is share what we've experienced. This summer we're talking about Abraham, a man of giant faith in God. So many instances in his story, we see God asking him to do unthinkable things! And instead of hesitating or negotiating, Abraham steps out boldly in faith and God blessed Abraham immensely for his obedience and commitment (see Gen 12-25 for the full story!). We want to be just like Abraham and step out in faith EVEN WHEN IT SOUNDS CRAZY!! Check out the following updates (coming weekly!) from each staff member. Please also pray over us and our ministry in loving these campers and sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with them!

Ben Bartels

Son-Life camp is doing amazing things for the kingdom. I have never seen a camp so on fire for blessing the name of Jesus. I have the privilege of being a part of the teaching team here, and not only has this grown me in my teaching skills for the the future, we see campers daily engaging and responding in their walk with God. I cannot imagine doing anything different with my summers. While working here at Son-Life for the past year, I’ve seen just how intentional the staff is with putting God first and creating an atmosphere of Christians serving God here! This past week alone with the Outpost campers, we know of at least two campers that have accepted Christ and all of my boys seemed engaged in wanting to know more about God. As campers grow up here, each experience, whether it be Day Camp, Primary Experience, Junior Escape, Teen Extreme or Outpost, offers so many different things, and clearly defines what it looks like to live a crazy life for Christ! This camp has not only blessed me, but I’ve witnessed God doing amazing things with the campers I have come in contact with! I am blessed to be a part of this family!

Stephanie Smith

This is my first summer as a program assistant and camp has been a bit of a different experience this year because of that. Not being directly in a cabin with campers decreases the amount of time I have with them individually which means I simply do not get to talk to campers about their relationship with Christ as often as I did as a counselor. This past week was our Outpost Expedition camp and I had the incredible privilege of leading two campers in committing their lives to Christ. This week was our first time doing a prayer walk on outpost and each of these campers approached me after being moved by the prayer walk. I am so thankful for the ways in which God is moving at this camp and I can’t wait to see more moments like this throughout the summer!

Tim Brinks

Son-Life camp is the best place to be during the summer! There are a lot of fun things to do here, but it is also a place where campers and staff can overcome their weaknesses. For example, this past week two campers tried the swim test even though it was a tough challenge for them! However, that is not all, the staff are here to help campers to grow out of their comfort zones. Therefore, Son-Life camp is a place of fun, but also a place where God can turn camper’s and staff’s weaknesses into their strengths!

Andrea Gruppen

I have been on staff for four summers now, and worship has continually been one of my favorite parts. Seeing campers get comfortable worshiping is an unforgettable experience. Typically Monday the kids stand still and quietly sing, but by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning the kids are singing loud, raising their hands and fully worshiping their Lord and Savior. Everyone worships differently and it is so cool to see the campers worship in their own way. Continue to pray for each of our campers that they would feel comfortable here at SON-Life and that they would be able to connect with God while they are here. Your prayers are so important and we couldn’t do this without your prayers and support!