Life was hard in the western Washington town of Humptulips during the 1930s. Located on the Humptulips River on the Olympic peninsula, the town had seen better days for the commercial fishermen trying to earn a living.
“Although Logan still acted tough, you could see the gears starting to turn as he wondered what we were all about,” remembered Travis. “It was kind of cool to see the change that took place over the week.”
When I turned 9, I finally got to go to camp, and I absolutely loved it! I went every year, all the way to age 16. While I had many experiences at junior camp, one that really stands out happened the summer I was 14.
Originally from Washington State, Debbie and Ken went to the northern part of Alaska as self-supporting missionaries several years ago. Sometime later the conference asked them to help at the Aleknagik church, and that was when they became involved with the camp.
At camp, I think one of the biggest impacts for the kids, even greater than the activities, is knowing that there are people here whom they can trust, people who will love them and are willing to talk with them about Jesus and present Him as their Friend who will always be there, even when we can’t be with them.
In Bridgeport, West Virginia, the only Adventist church in Harrison County meets each Sabbath in the local Presbyterian church. Although they don’t yet have their own building, members of the Central Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church are certainly building relationships.
Our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering is going to some of the remotest parts of the North American Division—Guam/Micronesia, Alaska, and the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. While we have heard stories from each of these areas, today we will listen to an interview at Camp Polaris in Alaska.
One day, Mr. Shin noticed an old, dilapidated home for sale on the same street where he lived. Placing his hand on the building’s wall, he prayed, “Lord, please give us this house and we will turn it into a home for Your honor and glory.”
Mrs. Lee sometimes spoke of God during her visits. Ana knew nothing about God. One day Mrs. Lee gave Ana a piece of paper with the Lord’s Prayer written on it. “Share this with your family,” she whispered.
“There is something more precious than money,” Ruth replied. “Such as going to church each Sabbath and learning new things, such as the Ten Commandments and how God Himself wrote them. That’s important.”