“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
Have you ever felt like the Israelites, who on their journey to the promised land, become tired and discouraged by unexpected hardships? We sure have! At Sacramento, the 2020 summer camp and retreat season was going to be a record-breaker, a real doozie! Our calendar was booked solid with summer camps, church retreats, family reunions…and we were on the precipice of hiring dozens of young, energetic summer staff to join us in this dynamic camping ministry. We just knew we were on a smooth ride to our 2020 promised land. Then suddenly, a major roadblock was right in our path. And like many of you, our plans for the next chapter in this life of work and ministry came to an abrupt stop.
But what about God’s plans?
Sacramento Camp and Conference Center has been moving in a positive trajectory for several years, so discouragement landed like a thud when we realized that the vibrant, busy summer was not going to be what we expected – at all. But we buckled-down and went to work, attempting to try to figure out how to get around this major roadblock called Coronavirus. We cleaned. We disinfected. We purchased anti-viral EVERYTHING. We checked and rechecked all the new guidelines. An yes, we constantly measured our bank account in order to put a dollar amount to our financial losses. Plus we kept close count of “camper-days” in an attempt to measure how much ministry WOULD NOT take place on this mountain.
With all of our attempts to grasp the illusive big picture, the only answers we found were the measurements this world uses, and those were moving targets and constantly changing.
“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29
We know that His ways are not our ways. God knows the exact number of lives who, since 1931, have been touched and eternally changed at Sacramento. His measurements are the only ones that matter. Sacramento has experienced significant monetary losses due to this roadblock, but He reminds us that these losses are but a speck of dust in comparison to what the Kingdom has gained. And who are we to measure the ministry that supposedly “won’t take place” this summer? After all, that’s God’s job, isn’t it? God is alive and moving among our staff and staff families, among the construction workers, and among our visitors behind their protective masks. He constantly reminds us that we are a people of hope, and with that hope, we are able to clearly see His immeasurable blessings.
This current phase of our “new normal” gives us time to adequately prepare for our guests to return. It provides quiet weekends for families to enjoy the peaceful coolness of this mountain. But most importantly, it gives time for reflection of what great things God has done at Sacramento for almost 90 years. We are excitedly expectant of what God has planned next for this wonderful place!
We see our path ahead, roadblock and all. No matter where it leads or how long it takes, we will walk in faith with hope toward a future that remains in God’s hands — the same hands that have protected Sacramento since 1931. Can you feel it? He is doing a new thing!
If you would like to pay us a visit, give us a call! We can host families and adult groups. Our horses are ready for trail rides, and our ATV’s are ready for some fun mountain excursions. Other programming options are available as well. (575) 687-3414