ANKENY, Iowa—Bringing physical and spiritual refreshment to missionaries and their families, administrators, and staff was the aim of Baptist Church Planters’ triennial Family Camp. The mission agency held the camp July 7–10 on the campus of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary. “We arrived very tired and wrung out physically and emotionally, but came away very encouraged, refreshed, and renewed,” says missionary Jim Solomon.
The theme for the week was “The Joy of Surrender.” Dr. Doug Brown, academic dean of Faith, was the evening speaker. He challenged attendees to have “Confidence to Continue.” Placing confidence in God in the midst of difficulties enables His servants to continue in the gospel ministry, he says.
Encouraging morning sessions focused on the meaning of helping and praying for one another. BCP President Steve Little addressed the whole missions family; he and wife, Becky, led separate men’s and ladies’ sessions as well. Mornings also included a panel discussion on the theme, singing, special music, and testimonies.
On Thursday afternoon the Travis family graciously hosted attendees at their beautiful farm for a hog roast and horse training demonstration with Bob Toomer, one of BCP’s own missionaries. He shows audiences how to train an untrained horse to illustrate the truth that surrender to God’s will and direction results in the joy of seeing His will accomplished. The horse’s yielding to him shows others the joy of working together to accomplish something that neither could do alone.
Of the 170 attendees at the camp, 70 were children and teens. John Mathew, a student at Faith Baptist Theological Seminary, worked with Altoona (Iowa) Regular Baptist Church to provide two programs for young children. Chris Brown, director of techPartner, a subsidiary of BCP, planned the teens’ program and challenged them to choose a foundation verse for their lives.
During the week, everyone enjoyed times of rest and fellowship, formed new friendships, and renewed old ones. It was a time of iron sharpening iron and laughing together.