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Journal Entires from Mrs. Ruth Geiger, Part II

We had gone to Tennessee by faith- trusting the Lord to supply our needs. We had no organization behind us and no promise of support from any church. We resolved not to ask for money and not go into debt, and both these resolutions were kept to the end. However, a few churches whose pastors knew us began sending gifts, and these gifts increased, and the work grew. Our bank account got very low many times, but the Lord always supplied our needs. One example of this stands out in my memory. It was the day before Thanksgiving, and we were still living in town. As we left on horseback to go to Oak Grove, where we had a bible class in the PM for children and one for grown-ups that night, I mailed a letter to my parents- using our last 2 cents for the stamp. I did not mention that in the letter, and I cannot remember being worried. We stayed overnight in Oak Grove and rode home the next morning. In the mailbox, we found several letters which contained small gifts, which added to $85.00. We had a happy Thanksgiving Day- our first of many (1922).

After we had been in Tennessee about 5 years and had become better known, several judges and MDs came to us and wondered if we had ever thought of starting a home for needy children. The depression had set in, and the already low economy became lower. We were told of several really dire situations involving children. We prayed about it and became impressed with the need. By now, we had been in our new home for a couple of years. Adjoining our property was a small farm (40-50 acres) owned by a not-too-friendly elderly couple. We became impressed with what a nice place it could be made for homeless children. In the fall of ’29, we were on a trip East to Pennsylvania, and Mr. Geiger was invited to speak at a small chapel-like church in North Jersey on a Sunday morning.


Attending church that morning was a couple who came in a Rolls Royce- with a liveried chauffeur- Mr. and Mrs. Frank Erwin, a Wall St. broker from NYC. They heard Mr. Geiger tell of the work and the need for a home- and the nice farm for sale. After the service, Mr. Erwin told the pastor he wanted to give money ($3000). He would give it in stock (some copper company- I forgot the name). The church should hold the stock and sell it when we were ready for it. We went back to Tennessee rejoicing and made a down payment on the farm- promising the balance in two weeks. We wrote the church to sell the stock. The treasurer wrote back that we shouldn’t sell because the stock was going up-it was worth $3800. Mr. Geiger wrote back that he must have the money as the neighbor was being difficult. The treasurer wrote back that Mr. Geiger “had no business sense and was down in the sticks and didn’t know what was going on.” Mr. Geiger phoned him and had to demand that he sell- which he did- for $3400- and the next day, the market crashed, and the stock was worthless. I’m sure you will agree that demanding was not characteristic of dad, but I am sure the Lord was leading him in this instance.

We were about to take the first children in January 1931. Most came from one-parent homes where there was dire poverty. When we accepted a child, we always held out hope that the parent could rehabilitate himself or herself and have the children back. Sometimes that happened. During the 15 years that we the home, we never had more than 20 children at a time. In the late 1930s, the U.S. government and the state started a good welfare program whereby children such as we took were provided with funds when kept at home or in the home of a relative. All such children were under the supervision of State workers. When we saw this coming, we stopped admitting children and gradually depopulated our home and began having Bible camps on the property. The change-over was done gradually as some of the children stayed with us to finish school. The home was opened at the height of the “Great Depression,” but the Lord supplied all the needs. Funds were often very low, but there was always enough. We built the swimming pool about this time. The camp work continued.

Journal Entries from Mrs. Ruth Geiger

When he [Bro. Geiger] was discharged from the Navy and had returned to his home in Germantown; he enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania- Wharton Night School- to study accounting. He got a job in an accounting department where he seemed to be advancing steadily. But it was there at his desk that he felt that the Lord was calling him to give his life to him to serve him. The call was so definite that he quit his job and school and enrolled at the Philadelphia College of Bible to study the bible. [Bro. Geiger] never doubted his calling by the Lord or his leading him to move to the mountains of Tennessee. Shortly before graduating from PBC, [Bro. Geiger] met an elderly man from Livingston who was looking for a young man to carry on the ministry he had been doing- distributing scriptures and holding Sunday school in rural areas. He visited Mr. W. in the summer and felt that this was where the Lord was leading. Henry and I met in the Spring of 1921 and were married on October 11, 1922. We had a honeymoon at Seaside Heights, N.J.- the gift of a family friend who had a cottage on the beach. Seaside Heights is in north Jersey, and the ocean was cold, but we went swimming in it as late as October 17, according to his diary!

We went to Livingston by train, changing trains at Knoxville and crossing the state to Algood- where we changed to a gasoline-driven train of sorts. Livingston had a population of about 2,000- and the county had nine miles of hard surface roads. In the square around the courthouse, there were wagons (mules and saddle horses). No cars or trucks. We went to housekeeping at the home of Mrs. Addie Roberts, who was Mrs. Benton Young’s mother and lived there about 5 months before moving to the Oak Grove community. There we rented the only vacant house, which was 100+ years old and made of logs. Our rent was $3.00 per month. This included a barn for our horses, pasture, and garden. The rent was later raised to $5.00. We fixed it up, and it was adequate for two people. We had to learn to live primitively, and with some help from some kind neighbors, we got to be pretty good at it.

During the three years that we lived there, we traveled horseback. We bought one horse and boarded a second one for a friend. Openings began to come for [Mr. Geiger] to preach and organize Sunday Schools in the communities not too far away. On Sunday’s we would ride to Howard’s Chapel for morning services- on to Smith’s chapel for afternoon S. S. and back to Oak Grove for evening service. This trip made a circle of about 20 miles and crossed Linder Mountain. The next week it would be a community off the Monterey highway (Liberty?) and over Gullet Mountain to Happy Hallow and back to Oak Grove from Christmas to April- extending the public school year, which lasted only five months due to the shortage of funds of the county. The people appreciated this, and we had between 40 and 50 kids. Many of them were and are among our friends to the end. There was a one-room schoolhouse- pot-belly stove- no desks, just benches. We turned half of the benches toward the back of the room, and I taught my subjects back there, and dad taught in the front. There were no desks. In those days, the children owned their books, and we continued where the county teacher left off. We were not paid, but many parents gave us eggs, milk, potatoes, etc. Since we weren’t under any rules, we also had a bible class, and the children loved it.

After we had taught for three years, the county could pay teachers for eight months, so we discounted our teaching. Teaching this free school was a good idea- it was the means of getting acquainted with the people, and it gave the people a good chance to look us over too. Many lasting friendships were made. About this time, we were expecting an addition to our family (and got two), so we decided to build a more modern and more adequate home. Mr. Emmett Copeland, our most encouraging neighbor, offered us about 1 and 1/2 acres of land for $50.00, and in 1925 we built the house. The twins were born in Bryn Mawr, PA hospital, where they and I had to stay for three weeks because they were so small. I had a private room and nurses ‘round the clock part of the time- and our total bill was $99.00. Because they were so small, the M.D. would not allow me to bring them to Tennessee until they were four months old, so we stayed at my parents; house, and during that time, Dad taught a course (I forget the subject) at Philadelphia College. He also had opportunities to minister in churches and people because they were interested in the work we were doing in Tennessee.

Keep following us for more journal entries from Mrs. Ruth Geiger! Coming next month 🙂

Fall Newsletter

30-Hour Run

Running for 30 hours. It sounds crazy, right? Let’s be honest- it is! Over the weekend of November 14, a group of runners was able to fundraise for Cedar Lake by doing exactly that. I am honored to have been one of them. There is much preparation that goes into such a feat- training, nutrition, hydration, gear, and so on. Then it all has to come together along with weather, a support crew, and a can-do attitude. 

We were blessed with absolutely great weather, even throughout the night, until an hour-long rain came through near the end. The rain coupled with wind made the last few miles even more challenging. We also had great support from family and staff. They were there to serve food, offer encouragement, and sometimes pace with us. 

As the hours passed the miles added up. As the miles added up, so did the pain. Eventually, my feet became so sore it hurt every step. My knees had radiating pain every time they came down and eventually, the muscles in my legs were so tired all I could do was walk. Some of you reading this are saying, “Why in the world would you do that to yourself?” But others, who enjoy finding your limits, understand that in pushing yourself you grow. Grow what? Character. The Apostle Paul says, “Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces character; character produces hope.” To be clear, he is speaking to a group of believers who faced persecution under the Roman Empire. But the principle remains. Hardships test our limits, cause us to dig deep, and we are tougher and better for it on the other side. 

In the end, notable finishes include a marathon from an 8-year-old, a 100K (62 miles), a triple marathon (78.6), and a 100-mile completion. Congratulations to all who participated! And a big thank you to our sponsors as well as all who offered their support. 

Auction Update

Our annual auction and dinner fundraiser was a great time of food, fellowship, and vision casting. Throughout the evening guests heard testimony from board member Todd Daugherty about his upbringing at camp and the influence Cedar Lake had on him and other young people. Associate Director Jared Marsh told the story of a camper who received the life-changing salvation of Jesus Christ this summer and went on to begin influencing others in the same direction. Executive Director Ryan Higgins spoke about the victories of summer 2020 and how greatly the Lord has blessed CLC.

We give a huge thank you to all the businesses and individuals who donated items for auction and for all those who participated in the online and in-person auction experience. Our thanks to Lee Ammonet at Eagle Auction & Realty for hosting the online portion of the auction as well as Ted McWilliams of McWilliams Auction & Realty for his assistance and auctioneering that night. In all, over $20,000 was raised towards the construction of a new gym and pool. 

Fall Camp

October is particularly beautiful at camp with fall colors and mild weather. It’s a great time to be outside playing Gaga ball, taking a hike…or making fun chemical reactions such as “elephant toothpaste.” Campers at our seasonal camps experience activities that aren’t available or possible during summer camps. Making pumpkin art is just not a summer thing! But what never changes is the message of God’s love toward the world displayed in the person of Jesus Christ. His life supplies the example we need of how to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. His death provides the pure and spotless sacrifice necessary to satisfy God’s wrath against our sin. But the grave couldn’t hold him- Jesus is alive today and beckons us to join Him in the work of proclaiming that message. Thank you to all the staff who spent the week investing in the kiddos!

Future Camper

Rejoice with our staff family as we welcome baby Graham to Cedar Lake Camp! Graham was born November 15 weighing 7 lbs, 11 oz. Proud parents are Associate Director Jared Marsh and wife Megan along with big sisters Evie and Emery. We thank the Marshes for their service to Cedar Lake these past seven years!

Life is precious from “womb to tomb” and we celebrate when we have it and mourn when it is lost. For the Scripture says, “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Summer Camp Registration Open

Registration for summer camp 2021 is now available online at! We look forward to seeing all those smiling faces soon!


Auction 2020 Recap

What an incredible evening! Make sure to watch the recap to see how we did!

This night couldn’t have been possible without the donations so many of you made and for that we are THANKFUL! Once again, we want to give a big thank you to Lee Amonett with Eagle Auctions and Ted McWilliams with McWilliams Auction and Realty Company!

Come Join Us!

Come join us on November 14-15! Share this post and let’s raise some money for camp! 😀 

Register Here

5K and 30 Hour Fundraiser Run

Registration and Preparation Information
for Cedar Lake Camp’s 5K
and 30 Hour Fundraiser Run

 This year’s 5K Fun Run will be held in-person at Cedar Lake Camp on November 14, 2020. This portion of the race will begin at 8 am. The course will be, as usual, down the camp driveway then left onto Conatser Lane and back. The cost for this event is $25.00. Shirts may be additionally purchased at $10.00 each.

The cost for the 30-hour run is free but each participant will secure sponsors. There is no minimum or maximum for the number of sponsors but get as many as you can! (Yes, you can sponsor yourself as well.) Make a video or otherwise tell your friends and family you are raising money to help build a gym and pool for a non-profit children’s ministry. Give them your estimated total mileage so they can determine how many dollars PER MILE they want to sponsor. Keep up with your sponsorships. After the run, update everybody on your final mileage. They can mail a check made out to Cedar Lake Camp (not you personally) or donate online at indicating “Fun Run Donation.”

A virtual option exists for those who cannot attend in-person. Simply do either version of the run on your own and let us know.

Run as little or much as you want. YOU DON’T HAVE TO RUN THE WHOLE 30 HOURS! Take as many breaks as you want. Take a nap if you like. Quit whenever you want. Walking is totally okay as are RELAY teams. We’ll start at 6 am Saturday, November 14, and stay through noon on November 15. You’re welcome come set up Friday night and campout if you like. (If you plan to do this please let us know so we can better assist you.)

This is a no-frills race so bring your own hydration, nutrition, support staff, and sleeping arrangements. There’s plenty of space to set up tents. Our dining hall will be open for restrooms and eating areas. Park your vehicle along camp’s driveway for instant access to food and hydration. Your family can canoe, fish, and enjoy our beautiful 90-acre campus located just outside Livingston, TN in the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau. There are no awards except knowing you are doing a good thing by helping a non-profit. 🙂

The course is an out and back. We’ll start at camp’s dining hall and run down the road, and turn around heading back for a 3.7-mile lap. It’s about half pavement, half gravel with small rolling hills.

Headlamps and tail lights are required for night running. Bicycle pacers will be allowed after dark as long as they have lights as well. This is NOT a closed course, so watch out for cars, critters, and the boogie man. We are a Christian ministry to CHILDREN’S so please no alcohol, tobacco, or inappropriate things as there will be children present.

For those who don’t know, Cedar Lake is a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching the gospel of Jesus to the next generation, training staff, and serving churches through retreats.

Why are we doing this crazy fundraiser? Because we want to build a gym and swimming pool to better serve the children and churches who visit our camp. With a price tag of over 2 million bucks, we need all the help we can get.

Register at Look for the link on the homepage under “Featured Events.” If you don’t already have an account with us through our software, you will need to set one up. 

Visit our website at for more info or look us up on social media.

Camp’s address is 235 Conatser Lane, Livingston, TN. Email us at or call 931-823-5656.

I hope to see you here November 14th and 15th. Keep training!


September Newsletter

Camp is so important in the lives of young people. What a marvelous opportunity to make new friends, enjoy the great outdoors, have fun, and eat wonderful home-cooked meals. These are good things but the greatest part of camp is hearing the awesome news that God cares about us so much He made a way to be forgiven of our sins and have a restored relationship with Himself. We are reminded in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever would believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” May we never lose sight of what is most important in life: following Jesus Christ leads to ETERNAL LIFE!

Each summer boys and girls embrace the love that Jesus offers. For some, that means coming to a point of repentance and faith for the first time in their lives. Others are taken to new levels of understanding and commitment to the Lord as they learn how rich and deep are the truths of the Bible. Some even find themselves drawn to service in a lifestyle of ministry and mission.

Haley* had been a camper previously but this summer was different. As a teenager, she was able to have a better understanding of the gospel and her life situation than as a younger child. Haley comes from a rough home life and carries much emotional and family baggage due to her upbringing. She was able to talk through those with her counselor but also come face to face with her own sin as well. As a self-proclaimed thief with a foul mouth, she found herself surrounded by a community of young people who desire to honor Jesus with their actions. That Wednesday evening she stayed behind at campfire and made a decision to follow Christ in her own life. The next night during unit campfires with other cabins, she asked her counselor if it was okay to pray over each girl individually and provided a great example of serving others in that way. Two weeks later, during canoe camp, she actively engaged in dialogue with others about their own faith and expressed concern when others had not yet made the same decision as her own. That same desire to see others grow in faith and Christian unity was seen in her Week 5 for her cabin mates.

Jesus changes us from the inside out, beginning with a new heart. Haley became a new creation in Christ.  Change was evident from the start of her faith.

Without camp, stories like Haley’s and so many others would not be possible. As with every summer, God is working here at CLC. Praise God for His faithfulness! Thank you to all who prayed, donated, and “loaned” us your kids this summer. We stand on the promises of God found in Scripture to “make camp happen.” I will close with one of my favorites found in Proverbs 16:3, “Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established.” Our plan is to share the good news of salvation, forgiveness and eternal life found only in Jesus Christ. May the Lord see it through, the same as the past 78 years.

Prayer requests

Wisdom and biblical counsel for our nation’s leaders

The preservation of 1st Amendment rights across our country

Financial support for Cedar Lake Camp

Advancement of plans for a new gym and pool

More retreat groups

Book your retreat, field trip, or event with us!

Our facilities are open and available to rent for your next church or ministry retreat! Spend a weekend in seclusion and enjoy exclusive use of our 90-acre campus, complete with a commercial kitchen, dining hall, pond for canoeing and fishing, hiking trails, sporting areas, and more. Give us a call at 931-823-5656!

Partner with CLC

If you’ve never considered giving to the ministry of Cedar Lake Camp, now is the time! As a 501c(3) non-profit organization we depend on the generous support of parents, alumni, business leaders, and folks in our community who wish to see this long-standing outlet for the gospel continue. Financial contributions are always accepted. If that’s not a possibility for you at this time, we also receive gifts of stock, annuities, IRA Rollovers, endowments, or physical items such as vehicles, mowers, utility equipment, jewelry, and more. Your used vehicle or ATV could be used to remodel Cabins 7 and 8, install LED floodlights, purchase a new water heater for the Bird Cage and so many other projects we have going on. Our two largest retreat groups canceled this summer, among others, impacting our finances about $50,000. Your donations are MUCH appreciated!!!

Annual Auction Fundraiser

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 22 when we host our annual fundraiser auction and dinner. This year’s event will once again be held at Duck Pond Manor. Invitations and details will be mailed soon. If you have an item to donate for the auction, please let us know ASAP!

Annual 5K Fun Run PLUS BIG Bonus Mileage

You may have noticed our annual 5K Fun Run and Walk has not YET happened this year. The past few years we have held it in May but prior it was known as the Chilly Chili 5K held in November. This year’s run will be in November again but this time it’s crazier than ever. While 5Ks are enjoyable, I like to push myself further in endurance and have come up with a challenge that is sure to test your limits: a 30 hour a-thon. Now before you say that’s not for you, listen to how it will work.

First, the 5K option still exists for those who want it. But for those who want more, there are 30 hours to run as much (or little) as you like. Each lap to the end of Conatser Lane (where camp is located) and back is 3.7 miles. Do a lap then eat a snack, hydrate, take a break, and do another lap. Walking is welcome as are relay teams.

Remember, this is a fundraiser for camp. Only the 5K will have an entry fee. Everybody else: find sponsors. How does that work you might ask? It’s super simple. Tell your friends, family, business partners, church members via video, letter, text, or in-person that you are raising money for a non-profit by walking or running and have them commit to a certain dollar amount PER MILE (minimum $1 per mile). After the race you let them know your mileage and they pay up. For example, if a person commits to $2 per mile and you run 10 miles, they donate $20 to camp. But here’s the neat part- that’s only one sponsor. If you find 10 folks to sponsor $2 per mile and you run 10 miles, that turns into $200. And given 30 hours with breaks, naps, staying hydrated and fresh, you can run a lot of miles even walking- many more than you think.

This is a no-frills event. That is, bring your own nutrition, hydration, etc. Bring your tent and sleeping back if you wish. Park your vehicle along the driveway for instant access for food and extra clothes. The dining hall will be open for a place to sit down, lay down, or fall out. I will provide more details soon but for now, circle the weekend of November 7-8.

Fall Camp

We look forward to the return of staff and campers for Fall Camp! Registration is available at Dates for this event are TUESDAY, October 13-16 (Monday is Columbus Day). Cost is $125 per child. Transportation is available upon request from Washington Avenue Baptist Church in Cookeville, TN.

Cabin Pictures on Our Website

Have you purchased your campers cabin picture from this summer? NEW to the website. Click here for Cabin Pictures Summer 2020!


COVID-19 Safety Protocol

Cedar Lake Camp is happening! We are so excited and READY! For your convenience, please read the attached documents about what CLC is doing to stay proactive in light COVID-19.

Safety Protocols for Health at Camp

Letter to Parents about Health at Camp

Summer Camp Update

Check out this update!!

We are continuing to pray and prepare for camp! We’d love to have your camper this summer!

We are having an added week of day camp on May 26th-29th… Register now HERE!

May Newsletter

Camp is Good in So Many Ways

I have believed for years that camp is one of the healthiest places to be. While at camp, children are away from TV screens and in the great outdoors. They get loads of physical, mental, social, and spiritual stimulation. Kids run around and get sweaty and dirty. They play games, sports, and do crafts. We take them swimming, hiking, and canoeing. These are all things kids NEED to be doing. Staying at home all summer watching TV and playing video games is not healthy. 

At camp, we are away from all the busyness of life and have a chance to think. Being out of the city also means cleaner air with wide-open spaces to enjoy God’s creation and beauty. Sunshine produces Vitamin D which boosts the immune system. We get plenty of that at camp!

We serve delicious, home-cooked meals. Each week begins with spaghetti, salad, and homemade garlic cheese biscuits. (We even make our own bread, hello!!!) Other meals include barbeque chicken with green bean casserole or roast beef and mashed potatoes on Banquet Night. Taco Tuesday is a BIG hit with staff and kids. I remember one Tuesday we did NOT have taco salad. There was almost a riot. 

Breakfasts are something to look forward to with meals like biscuits and gravy, eggs and bacon, fruit and toast. You just can’t beat camp’s oatmeal and sausage! We finish the week off with French Toast Friday and Cinnamon Roll Saturday (hand-made of course). For some kids, they eat better at camp than at home and I don’t just mean a healthy variety of foods. Some of them aren’t fed at home like at camp. 

Spending time with friends and making new ones is a good thing. When our staff spends time with the kids it encourages them and lets them know someone cares. Children NEED to be told and shown how important they are. At camp, they receive that. Life-long memories and friendships are forged at camp. 

Of course the greatest need of our lives is to understand God’s love for us and how we can be forgiven of our sins through faith in Jesus Christ. There’s no greater encouragement than to know the God of the universe cares for you enough to give His life and offer you eternal life. 

Our sickness policy is simple. If your child has a contagious sickness, don’t send them to camp. If they get sick while at camp, we have someone to take care of them who will be in touch with you about next steps. We trust you, the parents, to make the right decision. Your children are individuals and each person who gets sick at camp will be treated individually while in communication with you to make the best decision regarding their PERSONAL circumstance. 

Soap is always available for washing hands. We encourage hydration at appropriate times of the day. If it’s too hot we’ll take a break or go swimming. Cleaning is always done with bleach so we know the germs are dead. These are a few of the ways we help ensure safety and health while at camp. 

Camp is good for children and staff on so many levels. We are proud of the opportunity to serve those who spend time with us. Thank you for entrusting your most prized possessions to us for the week. 

Let’s Make A Deal 

In this game show, contestants play for a prize but then have the opportunity to win a bigger prize IF they select the right door or envelope. Sometimes ‘Door #3’ may be hiding a new car. Sometimes it’s a ‘ZONK.’ (You don’t want a ZONK. It’s usually something ridiculous like a pair of designer shoes…made of butter.) 

In January I received a call from a gentleman who helps lead one of our large retreat groups. He asked if we could use another van. I said yes, not knowing where this was leading. I thought he was about to offer me ‘a great deal’- a used van with low miles and well-maintained for some thousands of dollars. I was mentally preparing my rebuttal: “That sounds great but it’s not in the budget,” and so on. 

He said, “Well, I’m going to buy this one and donate it to you guys…if that’s okay.” Yep. That’s TOTALLY okay! I selected Door #3 and knew what was behind it. But was this guy serious? Was this a ZONK? I had no idea. I just waited to see what would happen. 

Months passed and nothing. Then I get a text: “Can I bring the van this week?” And sure enough, he brought the van and a backstory to go with it. It belonged to a friend’s church and knew it to be a good deal. He also knew we could use it. He shared with his wife what the Lord had laid on his heart and she agreed. After I told him yes, he committed to buying it but had to work overtime to do it. Once he worked enough to make it happen, he brought it up. He explained there’s no strings attached. We can use it for whatever we need and his group and we’re not obligated to loan it to his group. I could tell how happy he was to make this a reality for us. 

Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than receive.” We are certainly blessed to receive this gift but this generous man is more blessed. There IS blessing in giving. The Lord teaches us to keep a loose grip on the things of this world. I mean, we can’t take it with us when we die anyway. Would you thoughtfully and prayerfully consider what you may give to support the ministry of Cedar Lake Camp? With the current world situation, I assure you, there is a genuine need on our part. We would be so honored to receive your gifts but the greater blessing goes to you. 

Encouragement from Psalm 33

The Israelites were the nation God first chose to be His inheritance. Thankfully, it did not end there! The Apostle Paul explains in Romans how we, as Gentiles, are ‘grafted’ into the family of God like a wild olive tree is grafted into one that is cultivated. Through Jesus Christ, the promises of God are transferred to anyone who believes in Him on an individual basis. We can personally receive forgiveness, salvation from sin, and eternal life. 

But as a nation, the psalmist writes, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!… Behold the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.” May we personally AND as a nation recognize Jesus Christ as the ultimate Ruler of our hearts, nation, and world. 



The long wait is over- Behemoth is finally done! The finishing touches were applied last week- shower curtains, window curtains, and mirror were hung on the inside. Dirt work, grass seed and hay, fascia metal, and door for the crawl space were completed on the outside. The only thing remaining is to have a dedication ceremony and then get some kiddos in there!


A Letter from Board Member, John Strange

It was December 1989 and some of the summer staff had gathered for our annual “New Year’s Eve” reunion.  We did some inside work to prepare for the summer, conducted the real Polar Bear challenge in the lake, and, as always, enjoyed the company of our fellow camp laborers.  I returned home encouraged and excited about what the next summer would bring.  Less than 24 hours later, I received a call from a fellow staff member.  The reason for his call?  Sometime the previous night, a fire started in Deerfoot, the camp’s kitchen and dining hall, and burned it totally to the ground.  Though only a teenager, I understood the ramifications.

There was no kitchen.  No dining hall. Yet, summer was on the way.  Camper registrations would slowly begin to arrive within the month.  This was another critical moment for a place that had faced many before and has faced many since.  A plan was developed for the construction of a temporary kitchen and dining area.  It would take creativity, quick funding, and many volunteer hours, but by the time the first campers arrived in early June, the Pavilion was ready for service.  It would be pressed into service for three summers as a more permanent facility was built.  Today’s staff and campers enjoy the facility known as the Ruth Geiger Memorial Dining Hall.  The Lord was indeed gracious in his provision then as He continues to be to this day.

Cedar Lake is a place that from its beginning, was designed to come alongside people in the spiritual context of their lives. The primary manner for doing so is to introduce boys and girls to the good news of the Gospel through our summer camping ministry.  Every summer there are heavenly celebrations as boys and girls acknowledge a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Leading in this context requires a deep trust in God’s good and gracious provision.  In our humanity, we do not always know where this provision will come from, but we know that our God is trustworthy. 

 Nehemiah 1:3 says, “And they (Nehemiah’s brothers) said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame.  The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.”  The men and women who remained in Jerusalem were struggling physically and spiritually.  Nehemiah’s response upon hearing of the state of Jerusalem:

As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the GREAT and AWESOME God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you.  Even I and my father’s house have sinned.

Ryan, Jared, Angela, board members, and staff are following Nehemiah’s example as we ask the Lord to be attentive to our prayers, for his listening ear and open eyes.  We are praying for the ability to be open for business as usual.  We are praying for the opportunity to minister to boys and girls on property.  We are praying for full camps.  We are praying for the opportunity to invest in the spiritual lives of our summer staff.  We are praying for the financial resources to weather this critical moment.  We are praying for retreats for this fall and next spring.  We do not know what tomorrow will bring, but we do know that “God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of POWER and LOVE and SELF-CONTROL (II Timothy 1:7).  I ask of you three things:

  1. Join us in praying for the requests listed above.  
  2. By whatever means you can be a positive answer to the requests above.  If you can influence decisions – influence them!  If you can promote camp or send a kid to camp – promote and send!  If you can give financially – give cheerfully!  If you can bring a retreat – we would love to host you and your group.
  3. Pray that we rightly discern the times and, no matter what the days ahead may bring, we exemplify the verse above.

Proverbs 16:3 reads, “Commit your work to the Lords, and your plans will be established.”  The sacred ground and work of Cedar Lake Camp have long been committed to the Lord.  In this time, we patiently, yet with eager anticipation, wait to see the plans the Lord establishes for this place, our staff, and our broader camp family.  May each of you continue to experience the abundant riches of His grace and mercy.

By the Shores,

John Strange

Chairman, CLC Board


We are having an extra week of day camp!! This day camp will be on May 26-29. This extra week of day camp will be available for kids ages 5-10. Register here on our website!

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