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2020

Thoughts From The Administrator’s Desk

Dear friends of Mountain View,

As we move towards the end of the 2020 calendar year, I am thankful for the Lord’s care for this ministry and the staff team that serve here on the hill. 2020 has truly been a unique year, one like no other in my lifetime. As we began the year, plans were put in place to hold camp programs and guest groups just like the previous 50 years. If I have learned anything from 2020, it would be that plans are subject to be changed on a moment’s notice.

This year’s theme, Vision 2020, was chosen to remind us that God has a plan for each of us. If you visit the eye doctor for an exam, if your vision is perfect and not in need of any correction, it could be said that you have 20/20 vision. As 2020 began, my plans seemed to be similar to past years: schedule and hold camp programs, work with campers and staff, share Bible lessons, all the good things that usually take place in a normal camping year. Though we were surely not expecting a pandemic, God knew what 2020 would bring, all the changes, all the health concerns, everything. Now, as we approach the end of 2020, my current question is, “What have we learned during these months of different”?

Over the past months, I have been reminded of a number of truths:

  1. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
  2. Nothing takes God by surprise.
  3. He is always present, no matter what happens in life’s changing situations.
  4. He can be trusted to provide what is needed for the moment.
  5. God loves me and He wants the best for me.
  6. He is in control.
  7. His return is closer than ever before.

So, regardless of how 2020 ends, the Lord is the author and finisher of faith. I choose to trust Him, follow Him and lean on Him regardless of past, present and future events.

My prayer for you, friends of this camp ministry, is that as you look back, may you have 2020 vision of how the Lord has helped and provided for you and as you look forward, may you see His hand leading and encouraging you toward a better day.

Until we can meet again face to face, may the Lord bless you, keep you and encourage you.

Jonathan Stassel
Camp Administrator

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