CARNATION, Wash.—Camp Gilead held its 9th Annual Mother/Daughter Retreat. Daughters just a few months old to several generations of moms and daughters packed the camp, located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and on the banks of the Snoqualmie River, for the two-day event.
Camp staff had a variety of activities ready for the campers that coincided with the theme “Everything Horses”: a walking tour of the Carnation Racing Stables across the street, horseback riding, jewelry making, cookie decorating, manicures and pedicures, several crafts and workshops, and more.
Kim Moyer shared about her life experience training and riding horses, and related that to the Christian walk. Kim, whose husband, Kevin, has been in youth and pastoral ministry for 31 years, says she has loved horses since her childhood. She says, “At 16 my farrier asked me to help his family with some riding lessons to prepare them for a horse pack adventure. I have been teaching horsemanship ever since.”
Over the years Kim has organized and taught horse camps, provided rides for parties, taught others how to ride, led in the U.S. Pony Club, managed teams for competitions in Kentucky, trained horses, and competed. She is now part of Kaizen Farm, an English riding school, and competes in eventing, which she explains “includes riding dressage tests and jumping both cross-country and stadium jumping.”
“Horses are a talent and passion that I believe the Lord put into my heart as a young child,” Kim says. “He has used horses to teach me lessons about life, His creation, and majesty, but to quote from Eric Liddell, ‘I feel God’s pleasure when I’ ride. I am His creation and doing what He created me to do, and to do it for His glory is what I desire.”
This overnight event is the highlight of the year for many moms and daughters, and Kim says that “it was neat to see so many moms take time out of their week to spend it with their daughters.” Camp Gilead is already looking forward to next year’s retreat with the theme “PJ’s, Dolls & Bears! Oh My!”