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2015 Summer Staff

AIM Staff
Rachael Osborn – Winchester, IN
Cody Jorstad – Snellville, GA
Abby Jenks – Saline, MI
Jennifer Horton – Franklin, TN
Taylor Coats – Winchester, IN
 

Pines Odds

Ben Nichols – Saline, MI
Liz Egan – Nashville, TN
Chris Guerrant – Dunwoody, GA
Erika Roberts – Dublin, OH
Pines Evens
Blake Austin – Smyrna, TN
Hank Cohen – Lawrenceville, GA
Lauren Taylor – Snellville, GA
Amanda Hyssong – Franklin, TN
Baker Odds
Tyler Pearson – Mt. Zion, IL
Mallory Dorton – Livonia, MI
Alex Lister – Loganville, GA
Baker Evens
Shellee Merryman – South Lyon, MI
Allison Waters-Kutsch – Dubuque, IA
Chad Pasinger – Whites Creek, TN
DCMC’S
Tristan Eaton – Godfrey, IL
Blair Fisher – McMinnville, TN
Tanner Lowery – Germantown, TN
Derek Steinmetz – Chana, IL
SPMC’S

Cooper Austin – Smyrna, TN
Liz Berghoff – Saline, MI
Connor Boyce – Brentwood, TN
Emma Crandall – Oregon, IL
Nick D’Errico – Tyrone, GA
Dan Eby – Saline, MI
Lilly Finley – Danville, IN
Janelle Gernes – Rochester, MN
Ericah Johnson – Monroe, WI
Jason Jones – Snellville, GA
Noah Potts – Gallatin, TN
Austin Salinas – Snellville, GA
Ben Willans – Whippany, NJ
Jordyn Yourczek – Woodbury, MN
Savannah Brown – Nashville, TN
Hailey Conner – Cincinnati, OH
Leah Blackman – Carrollton, GA
Mary Watson – Nashville, TN

The Journey to the Summit: Photos from 40 years of Mountain T.O.P.

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People usually have a lot to say about turning 40.  It’s a big milestone in the life of a person and people handle it a number of ways.  Here are a few of the more popular reactions:

  • Forty isn’t old, if you’re a tree.
  • I’m not 40, I’m eighteen with 22 years experience.
  • Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed. – Charles M. Schultz
  • Life begins at 40 – but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times. – Helen Rowland

Here on the Mountain as we look back over these 40 years there a lot of things we could say about turning 40. The life of MTOP has had its ups and downs. The programs have grown in number and in size. The needs of the community have changed through the years and we have done our best to adjust.  We have taken turns I don’t think anyone could have ever expected and have gotten where we are today because of those turns in the road.

I think the only thing to say is how grateful and humbled by where this ministry is today. At the George Bass Brick and Mortar Dinner at the end of February we had speakers from every decade of Mountain T.O.P’s history speak about the changes and growth in that time. Every single speaker shared about how incredible it has been to be a part of what God has done in this ministry and how no one could have imagined where we are today.

As a way to celebrate all the good work that has been done, all that God has provided, all the lives changed in and out of camp, we wanted to show a glimpse of the past 40 years in a slideshow. Not only can you see some incredible pictures of families, worships, staffs, and camps, but also some incredible ’80s hairstyles.

 

Keep sending in your pictures to olivia@mountain-top.org of your time on the mountain. Be sure to include what year it is from and what program it was.  We’ll be sharing more pictures and slideshows throughout the year!

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

Never been to AIM?  Check this video to learn more…