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Dear Friends of the Camp,

As the Olympic Games are unfolding once again, we marvel at the accomplishments of the likes of Katie Ledecky, an up and coming USA swimming champion, and of others like Michael Phelps who won his 19th gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Just for the record, Costa Rica holds one gold medal in the history of the Summer Olympic Games, and it was won in Atlanta in 1996 by Claudia Poll in 200 meters freestyle. I remember because I was new in Costa Rica back then, and it was a big moment for our little country, and I especially remember because my daughter had just been born in January of that year, and I thought to myself, “One day.” Well, my daughter is about the same age of Katie Ledecky, and “that day” never came. My daughter was a very good swimmer, and I just played tennis with her out at the camp the other day and she displays remarkable athletic ability, but I’m happy with the way that my daughter turned out, without gold medals dangling from her neck, as I see her develop her life in her Lord Jesus Christ.

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Dear Friends,

Since I last wrote you about Shequin, he suddenly disappeared.  I spoke with the family from our church that lives in his barrio and helped get him to the camp 5 years ago.  Shequin is one of so many children who desperately needs to know how much Jesus loves them despite all the rejection that they’ve received from the world.  We’re still praying that he’ll show up again and well, and that he’ll accept the invitation that he received to enter into a ministry that will care for him and love him.

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Dear Friends,

A few years back, God really touched me after spending the night at a hospital with a camper from a shanty town area close to Esparza and then taking him home and seeing the place that was his home.  I was a bit taken back by what I saw - a dirt floor, makeshift walls and roof, the very, very basics.

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Dear Friends of the Camp,

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.

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Dear Friends of the Camp,

We’ve kicked off another camping season, and we’re off and running, on the track, that is.  How easy it is to start out the year off and running, but not on the right track.  The track that we’re on pushes the Gospel Train, the train that Jesus conducts, bringing more and more people aboard as the Good News of new life in Jesus through his putting to death our sins and our old life that led to a dead end.  This gospel is being announced with passion by our staff here at the camp, and I pray you, too, receive inspiration this year to stay on track and be an integral part of this gospel train that is stopping in every town, every nation, every tribe and race.

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Dear Friends,

Now that my two children are grown up, I'm more and more thankful for each moment that I spend with my them.  Even though the song "Butterfly Kisses," is about a father reflecting on his relationship with his daughter as he hands her over to be married, I really, really can relate to the phrase, "With all that I've done wrong, I must have done something right."  I feel that way about my relationship to my son Roy also.  I can't redeem the past, but I'm thankful for each moment that I can spend with him.  One of those moments was this past Saturday, as he and I and another father/son combination Azarias and Erick respectively, helped finish "plyrocking" the inside and outside walls of our powerhouse building, that will be our new power distribution center by the end of the year.  There is a lot of work to be done, but Erick, an engineer, heads up our team of young engineers that is speer-heading this solar project.  I am thankful for them.  In mid-December Rick from Florida is scheduled to come and connect the solar system together so that we hope to have 2400 watts of power available for use at the camp.  For more information on this project go to the homepage and look at the article on this project. 

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Dear Friends of the Camp,

On January 8, 2006 Pastor Harry and Carole Douma, founders of Camp Penuel, USA, and Dave Stuehmeyer, who has many, many years with the organization joined us as Carole cut the ribbon to officially open Camp Penuel Costa Rica.  Now, ten years later, we are about to open a new chapter in the life of this mission camp.  We have had our share of struggles, but we’ve hopefully learned from a lot of our mistakes and will move into the second decade of this ministry ready to face the new sets of challenges that await us so that each child who comes to camp is placed in an environment where the Holy Spirit can do amazing things to heal the child from many heartaches and disappointments and move him or her into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Hello everyone,

I'm back at blogging once again.  I hope that you enjoy my journal entries and that I can correspond with many of you through this medium.  Today, I'm going to tell you a little bit about our farm.  ____ Miguel had a farm, e-i-e-i-o.  Miguel is the camp's full-time worker, of which milking the cows is one of his duties.  Every day, and I mean everyday, Miguel goes out to the camp and milks our dairy herd.  We're at our lowest production in years, simply because of our own fault of having gone for a period last year without a bull, so our calf production is down this year and subsequently, milk production, too.  But yesterday Miguel spent the entire day looking for new cows on the highways and by-ways.  It's harder and harder now to find good milking cows for a reasonable price that have just calved.  But he had a good lead on one, even though they were asking $1,500 for the cow and calf.  While Miguel was out looking for cows, I volunteered to finish his farm duties so that he could get on the road right away.  Of course, he had already milked the cows, as I've purposely not allowed myself to learn how to do that.  But, as some of you know, we produce cheese, so I took our Polaris side by side back out to the farm with the whey, fed the pigs, put the milk cans back in the corral (cow barn), and led the cattle back out to the road to send them off to their grazing area.  It was pretty exciting, especially since our bull is fully grown and doesn't really know me well, but I worked through it.

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Hello to our faithful friends,

This is my first formal communication with all of you this year, so I pray that this year will be a fruitful one for you and that you will grow closer to the Lord!  Although it’s not growing season right now for crops in the Northern Hemisphere, I believe that a lot of seeds are being planted for the kingdom of God, and I thank God that the camp is participating in the move of God in these last days.  The Word of God is like a seed that a sower plants, and the hope is that that seed is planted in fertile hearts who are ready to embrace the Lord Jesus as their Savior and grow closer to him each day.  You and I know that the heart of a child is fertile ground.  This past January, we were able to work in key neighborhoods of San Jose and our region of Puntarenas, with even some children coming from the Caribbean side of the country and a few from an island called Isla Chira, in a gulf that leads into the Pacific Ocean on our West side of the country.  We also worked for the first time with two ministries, one from our Puntarenas area and another from the San Jose area, a couple of miles from the USA embassy.  Let me tell you about them.

THE TWO NEW MINISTRIES WORKING WITH THE CAMP

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Dear Friends of the Camp,

God has blessed us over the years with many people who have come along side of us and helped us to develop the camp. Now, through the initiative of a team of four Costa Rican electrical engineers and a man from the States, we recently formed an engineering team to develop a proposal for establishing a fully self-sufficient and independent energy system for the camp from start to finish.

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