I sat and pondered that – thinking to myself, “Is it possible that it has been nearly 1/4 century since all of humanity would be placed into a tailspin when the calendar turned its final page into the next Millennium at Y2K (2000)?” While much has changed over the last 24 years, one thing that remains the same is the faithfulness of our God! While there is much to speak about in regard to the changes at Dayspring Bible Camp (and I will get into that shortly), one thing that remains steadfast is the message of the Gospel – The Good News of Jesus Christ and his substitutionary death on a cross. He came from heaven to Earth, lived a sinless life and took upon himself our sin and paid a debt that no man/sinner could pay. He gave his life for us and in turn, he paved a way for salvation that comes only through faith in that finished work on the cross. John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” No works, no rituals, no amount of “me”…it is by faith alone. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” We serve an amazing God!
While our God never changes, and while the Gospel remains the same, I am pleased to say that the same cannot be said for the campgrounds and program at Dayspring Bible Camp. It’s during this time of year that we take a moment and reflect back at what the Lord has done over the last year and marvel at his goodness and wonder, “is it possible that all of this has taken place in 12 months?” Many people often pose the following four questions to me when we speak about Dayspring:
1) What changes are going on at camp?
2) What are your plans for the future?
3) Can you please keep me informed/updated?
4) What are the needs of Dayspring and how can I help?
This letter is an attempt to answer each of these questions (in a brief manner) and to tell you about some exciting ways that we are hoping to keep each one of you more informed as we go into 2024 and beyond.
While the work that has taken please in the last 12 months is too extensive to go into detail in one short letter, here is a brief list of some of the recent updates:
Not all changes are structural. In addition to the projects above, the Lord blessed us with a new addition in 2023 – Many of you are aware that Dayspring welcomed the Dyer family in March of this year. Caleb, Tina and their three children (Abby, Grant, and Isaac) joined Dayspring full time and moved to the Staff house in late March. The Dyers have proven to be a blessing to everyone who they come in contact with and share in the common goal of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to a lost world. In upcoming communications, look for more about the Dyers’ background as well as their day to day activities at Dayspring.
Proverbs 16:9 – “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” As we look ahead to 2024 and beyond, we continually look to the Lord to ensure that we are asking for His wisdom in regard to our plans for the camp (both programs and facilities). While keeping this in the forefront, the plans for the upcoming year include the following:
One goal we have this upcoming year (and going forward) is to keep you better informed on what is going on at Dayspring. Information is available in multiple forms but we will be making a concerted effort to deliver this information in a more timely and efficient manner than in the past. Going forward, our plans are to send out monthly newsletters with information on what is going on at camp, highlight interesting stories, provide photos and tell each and every one of you how you can be involved. If you or someone you know would like to be added to the newsletter distribution list, please send an email to: [email protected] and place a note in the subject line or body of the email stating, “Please add me to the your distribution list.” If you have multiple emails that you would like to add to the list, please provide those in the body of the email and we will be happy to add them. In addition to these emails, you can also keep an eye out on our Facebook page for regular updates. For general information about camp, photos, etc you can also visit our main camp page.
As a special kick-off to 2024, be on the look-out for an eight part series titled, “Reflections & Projections” as each week we reflect back on one change from 2023 while we look ahead to a planned change/project in 2024.
This may be the most important question of all as there is an exciting component to it…YOU! There are a number of ways that you can help with the ministry at Dayspring:
We know that our God has infinitely deep pockets! He has provided in many amazing ways in the past and will continue to remain faithful. If you are able to share in the cost it takes to run Dayspring, we appreciate your willingness and desire to do so. If interested, there are two ways that you can give:
Option 1 – By Check:
DAYSPRING BIBLE CAMP
P.O. Box 470
Union, MO; 63084
Option 2 – Online:
For those of you that haven’t been to Dayspring recently, I would encourage you to come and see what the Lord is doing. Feel free to reach out by email (contact@dayspringbiblecamp.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable Gift!
On behalf of the board of directors, Dayspring Bible Camp
Date Issued: 1/5/2024
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