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 firstname.lastname@example.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!