At Beulah Beach Camp, located in Vermilion, Ohio, this phrase is what fuels everything we do. Whether it is a 12-Step group coming for a weekend, a day camper that comes every day for the whole summer, or a pastoral staff in need of a prayer getaway, we desire to be a place where people meet Jesus.
A core value of Beulah Beach is sharing our lives with one another. Simply put, knowing each other deeply is a big deal! In our summer camps, we serve hard to develop three main levels of authentic community.
The first (and most important) level of community is with the Lord. After all, this is the whole reason we exist as believers and as a Beulah Beach community! Romans 6:4 says, “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Through our galaxy theme this summer, we challenged campers to acknowledge the majesty and greatness of our God. They engaged in intimate and free worship times, personal devotion times with the Lord, and were challenged consistently to put aside the “old self” to experience the full abundance of what He has for them!
Campers coming into a relationship with Jesus is what we pray for the most. However, we also realize that without discipleship, campers will not grow in their faith as the Lord desires. Could He teach them without us? Yes. Does He choose to use us anyway? Yes! “Discipleship” is a hot word right now, but in the early church it was used to describe the process of encouraging, challenging, admonishing and affirming a younger believer in Christ. A relationship between a camper and staff member is the second level of community that we foster. It’s in the “random” conversations during the Giant Swing line, one on one talks during the Mix or vulnerable prayer times that our campers really connect with our staff. This summer Jesus showed his amazing power and authority as He broke chains of depression and anxiety and brought physical healing to campers! The Lord asks our Beulah Beach staff to let Him use our testimonies and stories to minister to the hurts of others. Time and time again, we saw the “coincidence” of a counselor directly relating to the experience of a camper and speaking through healing they’ve received in the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
The natural third level of community that we cultivate at Beulah is between peers. The Lord came that we might be reconciled to Him and then to one another, glorifying the image of unity that He gives us in the Trinity! Ephesians 4:15-16 says, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” What a joy to see campers connect with one another, speaking into each other’s lives and forming life-long friendships!
All three levels of community are essential, but Jesus is the only foundation! Beulah Beach continually presses into the heart of the Father for what He has next for this community, eager for what “new thing” He desires to bring about next! May we join together as a greater Christian community to reach those in our neighborhoods who desperately need Jesus.
Beulah on the Road Camp Director & Outdoor Education Director
440-967-4861, ext 2320