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July 2014 - Camp Kick-off, Camp Update

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Dear Friends of the Camp,

We’re in the midst of our mid-year camp session, and I thank God for all the support that he’s given us.

There are always challenges, but the Lord has always pulled us through. Here’s what I’m learning or trying to learn:

  1. Be prepared for camps as much as possible. This means anything from having the fuel ready that we need, having the machines working that need to work, checking to make sure that everything is in order to receive the children. This is my weakest area, but I believe that help is on the way. We’ll be meeting with a couple who possibly might be coming down to serve alongside of us and help in this area.
  2. God has surrounded us with a lot of people with a lot of gifts to help us. Let them work. Volunteers have shown us that they have more than good intentions. They follow through on their promises. They donate bread, food, time, money, and most of all, their gifts that help the camp to function well. I need to rely more on these people.

    Little story – A year ago, every time that it rained hard, the Casa de Pan cafeteria flooded. Everyone, including the children, helped out to try and keep the water out of the pavilion. I would get real serious in these moments, and try to do too much myself. The moment that I should have been working hard was in point #1, preparing for the flood, and because I didn’t, rely on others, point #2, to help us through it. I didn’t do either one very well. This was pointed out to me by a volunteer who reminded me that God has surrounded us with people who serve and serve and serve. I’m learning to let them work and stay out of the way. Last fall, we diverted the water that caused the flood with a new drain system, and it’s working and even looks nice! Praise God!
  3. Gilda Radner was right. (Saturday Night Live) There’s always something. If it’s not one thing, there’s another. And that’s normal in our line of work and that’s ok. Tires still go flat, generators need tweaking, staff don’t show up when you’re expecting them to, it rains a lot and our field road going into the camp gets really muddy for 50 passenger buses to travel on, the cows get out and roam around the camp. Thank God they didn’t eat our new plantation of Moringa plants. (Moringa is called the Miracle Tree, and Walt Haas introduced it to us. They are loaded in calcium, protein, and vitamins, etc. Great for the cattle to improve lactic products and for human consumption etc., etc.) All that I can say is that God is in Control! He wants me down on my hands and knees more, fighting Satan and thanking him for taking care of us each and every day. If I let others help at the camp (back to Point #2), I can focus on working to overcome what Gilda Radner said.

Our camps at this time are six:

  • A camp with adults who are in a special education program. The highlight was the last night when we gave an altar call for people who were suffering because of problems in their family. The tears started flowing, they opened their hearts, let out the pain, and God spoke to them his healing. By Christ’s wounds, we are healed, inner and outer! It’s only the beginning with this group, which now came for the second time, but a great breakthrough happened!
  • English Camp – 17 sixth graders from our church’s school are learning about farming, horseback riding, cooking, storytelling, new sports like kickball, steal the bacon, etc. (anything that’s different than soccer; World Cup – Go Costa Rica!), and learning a lot about Jesus’ love for them – all in English which is their second language! The children are opening up and asking for prayer. Even though most of them are from economically stable families, they still have problems. One girl asked for prayer for her father, which shows a level of trust between us and them.
  • Four regular camps to come. These will run the first two weeks of July, and will bring children from a ministry called Amor en la Calle (Love on the Street), a church in our zone of Puntarenas, a church from my wife’s hometown of Esparza, and a Christian school called Piedad (Piety), also in the Puntarenas area.

Thank you for your prayers and support so that we can continue to bless children with the liberating gospel of Jesus Christ!


July 2014
Jesse, Keith and Karla’s son, led the English Campers on a horse ride. They’re from the St. Louis area

July 2014
Camper between Bryan Nylen from Michigan and Paul

July 2014
English campers breaking in the new lookout on top of Grandpa’s Workshop

July 2014
Bush planting project with campers

July 2014
2 girls acting like they enjoy planting a bush

July 2014
Latest addition, Three Real Little Pigs

July 2014
Moringa planting – planted more than 200 + trees



  • Guest
    Brenda Saturday, 25 October 2014

    Brenda Boehlke

    Hi Paul,
    I've been meaning to check your web page, but since school started, life has been way too fast-paced. I am planning to send a donation check, but I keep getting side-tracked, reading through your website. Hopefully I'll find details for how to send a donation. i would LOVE to be able to hand deliver it, : ) I would leave this place in an instant if I could be a teacher in Costa Rica. I know I'm not alone in that sentiment. Teachers are the bane of society here these days. Kelly is working very hard at med school just to keep her head above water, but she remembers you and your campers praying for her, and it gives her strength. We were just talking about that last week, actually. Sigh . . . We just wish we were there

  • Guest
    Paul Bernhagen Wednesday, 11 November 2015

    RE:Brenda Boehlke

    Brenda, you and your family are very dear to our heart, and it was very meaningful when you came down with Kelly a little over a year ago. May the Lord bless your teaching and her preparation for being an MD. I praise God that the camp has been instrumental in Kelly's life.

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