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Castle Bluff at Thirty

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in News |

Reflections by Craig Loibner For more than 30 years, God has been using this little rustic camp in the heart of the Boston Mountains to make a difference in the lives of students. There will be many amazing stories that will be told one day in glory. The privilege of being a part of Castle Bluff’s history is one of the most treasured parts of my life. Castle Bluff has an amazing past – so many students have been impacted in significant ways there. I am deeply grateful for God’s past faithfulness. But I really do believe that Castle Bluff’s best days are still in the future. Today’s students have a deep need for what Jesus has to offer and I believe that God is raising up a group of adults who care about that need. This group is being called to step up and help Castle Bluff become better equipped to serve today’s students. Let me share some of what has brought me to this conclusion and then tell you about what we believe God is calling us to do. Personally, my long involvement with Castle Bluff has been one of significant “highs” and “lows.” Two years ago I was stuck in a deep low. Both Castle Bluff and I seemed to be old and tired. Castle Bluff was without a resident caretaker and the wonderful memories of the care given by the Hickelheims and the Beans were becoming distant memories. But the Scriptures teach that when we are at the end of our own resources that we can become most open to the powerful hand of God . (2 Cor. 12:7-10) In my low place, I called out to the Lord. I spent some time thanking the Lordfor some of the many ways I had seen him use that place. As best I knew how, I gave the camp to him for whatever he wanted to do. I told him that if it was time to move on to other things, then I would do my best to follow his leading. I would walk away, if that is what he wanted. Then I told him that if...

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