MAMMOTH SPRING, Ark.—Delegates from across Arkansas convened at Camp Hosanna Oct. 11–14 for the Ozark Association Fall Bible Conference. The ministry of Jim and Jeannie Vogel was an encouragement and blessing to attendees. Jim serves as associate national representative of the GARBC. Morning sessions were divided, with Jim giving the men “Five Principles of Staying Power” and Jeannie speaking to the ladies on “Sharing Six Secrets of Spiritual Stamina.” Jim also spoke to the entire group each evening.
Pleasant weather on Wednesday afternoon afforded the group the opportunity to take in the beauty and history of the spring as well as local sights. Camp Hosanna sits on a hilltop of approximately 65 acres in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas’s largest spring and the second largest spring in the Ozark Mountains. A national landmark, the spring flows nine million gallons of water hourly, forming a scenic 10-acre lake. The Ozark Association Regular Baptist Camp is a historical site built in the 1930s. Missionary Lee Hutchinson had a vision to purchase the site from the YMCA around 1979. He gathered others, they prayed and stepped out by faith, and God provided. The construction of the camp was indeed a miracle, considering the meager number of churches in the Arkansas association. (Currently seven GARBC churches are located in Arkansas.)
For Fall Bible Conference guests, Camp Hosanna provided a beautiful, peaceful atmosphere in which they could feast on the Word, pray, and fellowship—a “mountaintop experience.”
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