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I have learned, every day, that the Lord is good: by Rachael Osborn

1383701_10203908623779651_4650063001838215128_n6 summers as a camper.
2 years on staff.
1 Fall AIM Weekend.

This isn’t much of a Mountain T.O.P. résumé, especially compared to those who have been coming to the Mountain more years than I have been alive, but it is something. It is something special to the development of my faith. I remember 2009, when the theme was “Amazing Grace,” because that was the year that I truly understood the concept of being saved because of God’s mercy and not my own works. I think back to last summer and getting to spend 10 weeks diving into the partnership of faith + works and how great it is that we can genuinely rejoice in suffering. Then I think about this summer… what have I learned?

I have learned, every day, that the Lord is good.

I have learned that though the AIM numbers are small, the Lord is good. We have seen some of the smallest AIM communities which has hindered us from serving as many families as we would like or accepting as many Kaleidoscope/Summer Plus/Quest kids as we would like. We still have a long list of families with expressed needs and teenagers that want to come to camp… and some days, this fact can be quite disheartening. When all we want to do is serve more families, all we have is a small handful of volunteers available to do so. We start to feel like we are not making a significant difference; we start feeling like we are not making any difference. We fear people are losing an interest in the AIM program, we fear people aren’t going to come back, we fear we are failing.

But then I remember, the Lord is good.

The Lord has reminded us though our communities are small, they are still mighty. It’s an awful cliché to use, but it describes every community we have had this summer. The Lord has reminded us that small communities mean closer communities, where everyone has a chance to get to know everyone. The Lord has reminded us that each community was created according to his sovereignty.

I have learned that though the odds may be against you, the Lord is good. Leading a group of people who are the same age as your parents and grandparents is no easy task. We have struggled to find common ground, to figure out how to teach old lessons in new ways, to keep programming fresh and relevant, to meet the needs of Christians who are more spiritually mature than we are.

But then I remember, the Lord is good.

The Lord has reminded us of 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, in your faith, and your purity.” The Lord has reminded us that we have different perspectives to offer, unconventional methods to try, new ideas to share, and the command to live as an example to all believers — no matter the age. The Lord has reminded us that he is our source of boldness, wisdom, and strength.

I have learned that detail-oriented planning is important, yet, preparing your heart for the work of the Holy Spirit is absolutely vital. I have learned that the greatest treasures of my summer have come during mid-afternoon talks on the office porch, the quiet moments of setting up worship, and when a staff member has more happies than crappies. I have learned nothing is more encouraging than hearing a first-time camper excited about taking lessons from the Mountain back to the Valley.

All because the Lord is good.

The Lord has strengthened, empowered, and encouraged small groups of people to make an enormous difference in the lives of 2 very special ladies of Tracy City and 67 day camp kids. The Lord has guided our path as we walked the balance beam of risk-taking and experimentation. The Lord has provided countless circumstances only described by saying, “that was a God moment.” The Lord has fulfilled his promise of doing immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine.

I have learned, every day, that the Lord is good.

2014 Summer AIM. How Can You Help?

Dear Friends,

IMG_3722Mountain TOP is entering its 39th summer of life changing ministry. We have completed staff training and are in the process of finalizing projects and programs for the volunteers that start arriving this Sunday. I am looking forward to seeing how lives are transformed again this summer. It is a true joy to watch staff, volunteers and the families we work with transform through the love of Christ. There is no paycheck big enough to replace that joy.

I am writing you today to seek your help. Our Adults in Ministry summer program is in need of volunteers. The staff is trained and very excited, families with needs identified, funds for projects acquired and children & youth have signed up for Kaleidoscope, Summer Plus and Quest. What we are missing are volunteers.

How You Can Help

  • Come as a volunteer (It’s OK to come more than once)
  • Share our need with your church, Sunday School Class, family, friends, co-workers, fellow retirees
  • Pray

Summer AIM Dates

  • June 15 – 21 Major Home Repair & Kaleidoscope
  • June 29 – July 5 Major Home Repair & Summer Plus
  • July 13 – 19 Major Home Repair & Quest
  • July 31 – August 3 Weekend Major Home Repair Only

 

It saddens me to think that our family’s needs will go unmet; that our children and youth won’t experience Christ’s love through our summer programs and that a committed staff will go under-utilized.

It is not too late to sign up for any of our Adults in Ministry Weeks or Weekend. Detail information can be found on our new website at www.mountain-top.org. Look under the Adult Mission tab. You can also contact Olivia at Olivia@mountain-top.org or call her at 931-692-3999.

Will you please help us meet our need for volunteers? This work will not get done without the help of God’s loving servants.

Grace & Peace,

Ed

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