Service, Joy, and A God Who Works

My greatest times of joy and laughter, as a counselor, came from counseling during Camp Promise. I will say, however, that I was a bit hesitant to counsel for that first week. During the weekend of orientation, there was a time set aside for counselors who had previously counseled during Camp Promise to share stories of their experiences as a … Read More

Measuring Success in Ministry

In the secular world, success is measured largely by margin of profit. Other indicators of success might be good customer service and retention. The nice thing for the secular business is that most indicators of success are measurable. The challenge with the ministry which we are involved in is that, according to our definition of success, we have a hard … Read More

Where are the young men?

Perhaps it is our shortage of male counselors for this summer that is affecting me, but I am feeling a void of young men who are interested and willing to serve the Lord.  I am talking about young, college age men.  Sometimes I feel as though they disappear from our churches and ministries upon turning 18 years of age, perhaps … Read More


I’m going to keep this short and sweet this week because I would like to share something with you. This story made me think deeply about how our sins affect others. Every human being has both been affected by the sins of others and hurt others with their own sins – it is a part of life in a fallen … Read More

A Voice for the Voiceless

“Adolf Hitler decided that World War II “. . . was the best time for the elimination of the incurably ill.” This title, “a voice for the voiceless” is usually and rightly applied to the murder of the unborn through abortion.  I am always encouraged by the myriad ministries and organizations who are fighting to protect the infant in the … Read More

The Gospel is for Everyone

“…I didn’t know how to interact with them which made me avoid interactions with them, not even being willing to say hi or give them a smile.”With the exception of seeing a stranger with special needs in public, my first real exposure to people with special needs was at a camp I had been a counselor at in Pennsylvania. Like … Read More

Uninhibited Heart

If you have never sung a worship song or prayed with a group of Camp Promise campers, you have missed something. One of the best things about the uninhibited hearts of my Camp Promise friends is the sincerity of their love for God, expressed in their worship of Him. It truly is a taste of heaven, I feel! May God … Read More

Kingdom Building One Person at a Time

I can remember the first day I stepped foot onto the grounds of Big Sky Bible Camp. I had just become a Christian a few months earlier and within weeks I was about to be married. Young, eager, and excited to see what God wanted to do with my own life, I was in awe of the beauty of the … Read More

Keeping Our Promise

I am often asked about the progress of Big Sky’s expansion project – titled “A Promise Kept.” Have we broken ground? How much money have we raised? What happens next? Where is the facility going to be constructed? I appreciate when folks inquire about the project because I know they care about it! It is definitely a challenge to keep … Read More

One Size Does Not Fit All

We have some times accepted campers who we knew had challenges that would really stretch our staff, because we’ve seen the look of utter exhaustion on a single mom’s face pleading for a break of refreshment. In the 27 summers of Camp Promise, we have tried to reach out to as many campers as possible, regardless of financial, behavioral or … Read More