Loving Children with God's Love
|Welcome to Camp Penuel Costa Rica
Loving children with God's love in their early years is vital to helping them experience their identity as children of their heavenly Father. Through the person of Jesus Christ, God's son, all who repent of their sins receive this same identity as a child of God. This identity gives us and all children who receive Christ the stability that we need to live the adundant life that Christ promises us here on earth and into eternity in heaven.
Jesus said: "All people will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:35)". This message is contained in our Spanish theme which is the title of a simple song that states: "Somos una familia en Dios y nos amamos," which translated means "We are one family in God, and we love one another." We invite you to be a part of what God is doing through Camp Penuel Costa Rica, and consider how you might want to get involved.
Solar Energy Project Update
Establishing a fully self-sufficient and independent energy system
God has blessed us over the years with many people who have come along side of us and helped us to develop the camp. Through the initiative of a team of four Costa Rican electrical engineers and a man from the States, we formed an engineering team in 2014 to develop a proposal for establishing a fully self-sufficient and independent energy system for the camp from start to finish.
Solar Dream Comes True!
Thanks to the vision of our solar team, the help of a local Costa Rican solar company, and the donations of you, our supporters, our solar dream is now a reality. On Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. all 7 of us, three from our solar team and three helpers/observers and the camp director peaked out the back of our power house and looked at our buildings to the beautiful site of seeing the camp lighted up at mid-day. We were thrilled to know that everything is working as it should and now, when anyone comes to the camp and flips a switch, it will do what it’s supposed to do, day or night, rain or shine, well maybe with the exception of extended cloudy weather.
After running the camp inefficiently and unsafely, to be quite honest, we now have an official solar station, an official power distribution center (power house), safe, underground wiring leading to every major building except one and a new propone gas/natural gas generator for powering our well pump and as a back-up system to our solar panels.
Obviously, we’re still more limited than a business that benefits from commercial power, but we count the following blessings that this new system gives us:
- 2,440 Watts of Safe/quiet energy that is always available, even at night through the use of batteries that house the energy produced during the day.
- Lights that will work when we need them, even in the day when you open a storage shed, for example.
- Cell phones and any battery operated equipment including our Polaris Ranger EV that can be charged at any time of the day or night, of course, with limits.
- We have a great teaching tool for children of all ages.
What was beautiful to see in this project was the perseverance of our team – we established a vision, then goals, and we put a lot of our own time and energy into the project. As we developed it, the financing came into place and we added an important team member in the form of a local solar company called Sibo Energy who sold us eight 305 watt solar panels at cost, built the mounting station at cost and provided free consultation from their engineer Daniel.
We still have a lot of work in general to do on our electrical system, but this is a big step in the right direction.
Thank you for believing in this vision and helping us to make it possible.
Mission Trips in the Second Half of Life
Story and photos by Burton Laine
In January of 2014, my wife, Deb, and I participated in a mission trip from our church to Camp Penuel,a youth camp in Esparza, Costa Rica. I've often thought that mission trips would be a good way to travel, do something significant and get to know other people with similar interests. When we attended the first group planning meeting, this was evident. The team consisted of four couples that are all at this late working life or early retirement stage of life. Each person had a different purpose in going and came back with their own unique experience, which was more valuable because of sharing it with a spouse. In addition to the group that traveled on this trip, there were also retired persons that were very involved with the camp on a day-to-day basis. They made different decisions about their retirement.
Click here to view the stories we share that take place at Camp Penuel in Esparza, Costa Rica.
Help support Camp Penuel – Costa Rica
Please order your copy of "RED SINK, BLUE SOAP" and help support a camper!
Title: RED SINK, BLUE SOAP
Author: Letty Bernhagen
This book tells the story of Camp Penuel and my parents’ experience of building a house which has a red sink and we use blue soap. Quite intriguing, no? All monies from the sale of the book will go directly to the camp and the sale price of $20 will sponsor one child to go to camp. By selling all 500 of the copies she had printed, we can pay for our January 2015 camps and send that many children, which would be a new record for one month for us. My unbiased opinion: The book is excellent reading and archives our beginnings very well.