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Castle Bluff at Thirty Six

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in News |

Reflections by Craig Loibner For more than 36 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. (By my most recent calculations, more than 40,000 folks have been a part of Castle Bluff camps through the years.) 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. Let me tell you why. Today’s students have a deep need for what Jesus has to offer and I believe that God is raising up more and more adults (Primarily through MOO and WOO) who care about that need. Some of best and most effective camps for students have been our most recent camps. We have recently built Summit Lodge which is where the rappelling deck used to be. That means we are now rappelling off the back deck of this amazing building. This building has enhanced our ability to better serve our larger student camps but its more focused purpose is to provide the camp with the ability to host a variety of camps for adults and for families. There are 12 bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, in this four-story building. It is the perfect facility for our Men of the Ozarks (MOO) and Women of the Ozarks (MOO) and those ministries have been bearing a lot of fruit. It is also designed to also function as a family camp with each family having their own room and we have already had two such camps and both went really well. We have yet to use it for a couple’s retreat focusing on strengthening marriages, but that will happen shortly. Paul Smith brings new vision and new energy to this camp. We have been so busy building and using the Summit...

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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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