Monthly Archives: July 2011

Pieces and Parts of the Last Week of Camp

There is more to life than camp…but we have prayed to impact the lives of all the campers that set their precious feet on these grounds….

Praying we did so.

The slide show at the bottom are snaps of the last week of camp–with just a few from the previous week before I left for She Speaks.

There have been so many things that God has shown me in the “day-to-day” of life.  Some things I have discovered about myself–some things I saw in others.  All things are to be done “as unto Him”.  Too often I have failed in that area.  But He lovingly reminds me–there is a new day.  Thank You Jesus!

I love to see the kids come through the line “excited” about what God is doing in their lives–there were some that came through the line that seemed almost “asleep” standing….  I believe, that if you are excited for Jesus–it draws others to want to know about Him.  (Sometimes, when we have our eyes too much on “us”–we can get a little aggravated at the excitement of others.)  While my personal preference in music varies from many others, I love the fact that I am  FREE in Christ to love all things about HIM!

I have always tried to use my blog–this place where I express my heart, my love for Christ, as a place of encouragement and a witnessing tool–never to hop on a soap box–although I could jump up on one from time to time…I try and keep that away–it doesn’t edify the body of Christ.  So, if you see a picture or two that you don’t quite “get”–or even “like”, just show a little grace.  Remembering that this age is growing up in an era that you nor I experienced.  We were not exposed to the things that they are today–and know that they love Jesus too.  Maybe their style is different than ours, maybe they are louder than what we experience in our churches today–but they love Jesus.  Many are just now getting to know HIS love and mercy in a way they never dreamed possible.  Wow.  To be able to “hear” from their hearts what they experienced from this camp—what a story!

A note to the young people who have friended me on facebook:  Let me hear from you from time to time.  Let me hear what God is doing in your life.  How HE is radically changing the way you think about life–and the things that you once loved…Most of all–let me hear that you carried with you from this camp–a burning desire for MORE of GOD than you ever dreamed possible! 

And let me tell you this:  You’ve only just begun.  As you open your heart and mind to HIM daily–He will blow you away with all the things HE will tell you….and not everyone around you will understand.  But listen, JUST TRUST HIM.  If you say something that you believe–and someone else shares an opposite opinion–it’s not necessary to hash it out right there–BUT TAKE IT TO GOD.  Let HIM direct your path–and your heart and mind.

YOU made an impact on ME.  Just know that.  I love you all! 

Here’s the pictures!

© The Knightly News 2007-2011

It is finally HERE….

The last week of camp. It’s with bittersweetness that it ends…except my feet doesn’t agree….my feet are kind of glad. And so is my back…

A DIET is in order too! If Donece was not such a GREAT menu planner and recipe finder…and just all around awesome head cook–I would NOT need a diet after camp. But it is what it is….

You may find YOUR pastor with a totally NEW hair color…

I may not get very many postings done this week—due to suffering from fatigue from the traveling–and then hopping right back into the kitchen to cook for 250 plus kids. BUT it has been an awesome summer. Lives change…bodies and souls fed. New pastors, missionaries and evangelists are in the making…as well as all those who accepted the call to carry Christ to the world right where they live and work–and attend school! (That’s what we are ALL called to do.)

I am sure you are waiting for news of the She Speaks Conference –well, let me just say I was told to put my notebook to the side and process. As God unfolds all I learned and experienced in those 4 days in my heart and soul, I WILL share with you what happened–and the pictures…and the SURPRISE God gave me. OH MY GOODNESS!

Until then, just keep popping back here for a few pictures of the remnants of Youth Camp 2011.

© The Knightly News 2007-2011

Packed and READY

I’m packed.

It’s sitting by the door. Both bags. (The next “Common Grounds” will be about this VERY thing!)

Today was an amazing day as we worked in the kitchen–cooking–cleaning–preparing for those who are “preparing”.  You may not understand what I mean.  Let me break it down:

There are kids at this camp who are setting out to “prepare the way for others” to Know HIM.

There are kids here at this camp–THIS very week–being called into the ministry.  Be it music ministry, evangelism, missions, pastoring –“sheparding the flock”, Sunda School Teachers, the future deacons and lay ministers–are HERE this week!  AND We have had the honor of serving them FOOD!

I am honored, humbled, and just pure “thankful” that God in His awesomeness has allowed me to play a part in THEIR ministry!  They have blessed me….in amazing ways.  Those that “smiled” in the mornings–when others may have thought it was way to early to smile–gave us a glimpse of heaven. 

I don’t know if others realize what we’ve had walking around here this week–but it’s the future of the Church.  The very Body of Christ!  I hope, with all my heart, that we treated this “Body” with kindness.  I’ve really thought much about that today–while we listened to music, and our hearts kind of danced inside.

Today, two very special friends, “sisters” I call them, came by and prayed over me.  Oh, my.  The Presence of the MOST HIGH GOD was in my house.  I have felt Him throughout this week.  Nudging me.  “Get up earlier, Angie.  I have some things to tell you.  It’s in My Word.  Get in it and soak.”  I did.  The difference in my heart felt it.  I still got tired…and had an aching back and swollen feet, but honestly–I felt the change on the inside.

A special note to Donece.  The awesome friend and co-worker and Chief Chef–thank you.  For all you do  in making a difference in the “future of these King’s Kids”.  I love you and Jerry both.  Well, Jeff and I both do.  (I can’t leave my sweet man out!)

Thanks in advance for praying for an EXPERIENCE like non other in this conference.  God is going to be ALL over the place!

I will “facebook” from the conference–but probably not blog.  More time to “experience”….and I’ll tell you all about it when I return!

Oh, one more thing:  Karen, from Hallelujah Anyhow is a dear friend and laid up with a broken arm….Karen, I’m praying.  Long distance doesn’t matter with God. 

© The Knightly News 2007-2011

Traveling from Youth Camp to She Speaks!

I apologize for not being able to post a blog every single night for you to see all the happenings of Youth Camp.  We are cooking for bigger eaters…bigger kids…means more food, more work–more tired when the day is done…which is after the last pot is washed and put away and floor mopped and the door lock clicks closed.  Securing the next day….

And there are MORE blessings.

God is present–in the services–in the activities–in the eating–in the praying–in the fellowshipping–in every thing –everywhere–HE IS invited to be our ALL.
The slide show is down below–but I just wanted to ask for a favor….

I leave Thursday for “She Speaks”…a “God weekend”.  Pray.  Would you mind?  For all the 600 or something  ladies that will be in attendance, the hotel employees, the other travelers that will be staying in the same hotel, those going to and from by plane or car.  We all need prayer.  God is going to do an amazing work in my life–more so than I know at this point…I just feel it in my bones.

I have woke up at the oddest hours in the morning the past several weeks–and have felt compelled to pray.  Sometimes I read and contemplate what He is saying through the Word…and how it works in what I’m going through right now.

Many things have been happening…not always understood by us or by others.  I cannot question God in any of the changes that have taken place–nor those that will take place in the future.  I am just glad HE invited me to participate!  What about you?  What’s He up to in your life this summer?

Some things I’ve learned at camp this summer:

  • Be patient.  They are “younger”…I am almost 50 (yikes!)
  • Be patient.  They are “older”…nearer 80 than me
  • Be patient.  Stand still and listen.  Beyond the noise of the multitude of voices.  Look beyond the eyes filled with multiple colors of make-up and funky hair-dos.  Look at what HE sees.
  • Be patient.  It takes time for dreams to come true…and it takes time for the bread to brown.
  • Be patient.  This is the way they have fun. 
  • Be patient.  God is using this week to radically change their lives…and it won’t look like it did when He radically changed mine.  That is a promise.
  • Be patient.  He is speaking…and He wants us listening.

I won’t be posting from here…but will post a few things via telephone to facebook. Join me there–and then we’ll catch up when I get back home…

Don’t forget to PRAY! 🙂

© The Knightly News 2007-2011

A NEW DAY of …

all sorts of stuff…We are just glad to see a NEW DAY!

We are getting RAIN everyday…which is GREAT for us and our dying grass and flowers…not so much for the campers who want to have some “outside” fun and games…they were able to get some in today though!

Take a peek!

Today was Ron and Nancy’s last day with us! We are SO sad to see them leave, but they are needing to get back home to Ohio–and hey, if they have cooler weather, I just might tie myself to the back of their RV and head NORTH! 🙂

Seriously, Nancy and Ron have been the BIGGEST blessing this camp has ever had! Nancy worked non-stop in the office during C.E. Conference and then stepped right in to help out for District Council! THEN she stepped right into volunteering in the kitchen!



Ron has been Jeff’s right hand all year long! Today, he was Jeff’s right hand, left hand, right leg and left leg (Jeff was VERY SICK). Ron has made countless improvements everywhere he worked this year. Jeff and I have just fallen in love with this couple and claim them as our own.

This is my first year of having the privilege of working with Nancy (actually, with any of the RV Volunteers that help out each year) and I loved her instantly! Thank you both for the impact you have made on our lives and the lives of each and every person that attended or counseled and stepped on these grounds this year! God bless you on your travels!

We love you!  By the way Ron, if I haven’t mentioned it at least a 6 or 7 times, I LOVE the fact that we NOW have a few drawers in the cafeteria!!! (Yes, we had NONE before!!)

(To our local folks and regular readers that KNOW the camp–if you weren’t aware, there are some needs in the cafeteria.  We are making a list (Donece and I).

  • A new counter top in the kitchen to replace the one that is cracked and buckled and 100 years old;
  • A few new pots and stainless steel mixing bowls (the JUMBO size) since we ONLY HAVE 2;
  • A drink dispensing machine; (THIS would be awesome during camp, conferences, retreats and save money during camp costing pennies to use comparatively);
  • A walk-in cooler (it would need to be a small building just outside the cafeteria–since we are limited on the space we have);
  • A new kitchen would be awesome, but we will just be thankful and grateful for anything that the churches or individuals or groups would like to donate!

If you would like to see a REALLY AWESOME camp cafeteria and kitchen

-take a look at the slide show below.  I took these while Jeff and I were at a Camp Director’s Conference this year…yes, I drooled.

(Donece you will fall over at the sight of this slide show–but enjoy!)

Okay, just for kicks, let’s compare:

And yes, they are a bigger camp…and yes, they use their kitchen year round, but if ours was actually “up to speed” (EVEN UP TO CODE) then we could/would too!

I know I sound like I am whinning….actually, I’m pretty tired. Headed to bed–

I just thought you should know HOW you or your church or group could HELP if you wanted to.

As we say in the kitchen,

I’m jes sayin’….

© The Knightly News 2007-2011


Last week of Kid’s Camp

 With a 30 minute break from 6 o’clock this morning until after 7….I don’t have to explain any misspelledddled words. Right?

Actually, this morning, around 1:49 (how’s that for looking at the clock) I went to the living room.  Wide awake…maybe in preparation for the day…or maybe something else.  I read and prayed until 3:33.  I know.  I looked at the clock when I went back to the bedroom, shortly after that Jeff got up and took over the prayer line.  Something is stirring in my soul….we will discuss that on another blog.  This week…is YOUTH CAMP!

Be looking for YOUR KIDS!  I have some awesome photographers again and they have really made some great shots!  They captured your kids at their BEST and …a few standing around with their arms folded…. 🙂

Camp is off to a flying start!  The kitchen was VERY busy and hot today! Lasagna was on the menu for tonight…and it was a big hit.  Donece is an incredible Camp Chief Cook!

Jerry, Grill Master that he is…and let me say he EARNED the right to be grill master!  Grilling in the RAIN for these kids…they WANT this camp experience to be the BEST it can be for each and everyone of these kids–anyway, Jerry announced that he had names for all of us.  They are as follows:

  • Jerry:  Grill Master (We gave Jerry his title last week)
  • Donece:  Head Cheese
  • Angie:  Mrs. Potatoe Head
  • Ulonda:  Cookie Monster
  • Nancy:  Mrs. Blessing
  • Mrs. Everlee:  Sweet Tea
  • April:  Ape  (her name has been long standing to her friends, but it’s Weezie to her mom and dad)

I don’t have to tell you we work well together.  We have FUN.  We pray first thing and then get the ball rolling!  (Or the oranges or apples)  I won’t kid you and tell you that we are perfect–we are not.  Especially the author of this blog….but we do our best.  When it gets hot…and our feet are swollen from standing all day–and our backs hurt–sometimes it takes all we can do to smile (maybe that’s just me)…but we forge ahead…KNOWING that a difference is being made in the lives of these youth right across the parking lot in the Sanctuary.

Our baby daughter, April has joined the ranks in the kitchen this week—part time kitchen help and part time counselor to the Marianna First girls.  She loves them–as do Jeff and I. 

Without further ado, here are the photos of the day!  Look for your precious ones!!

© The Knightly News 2007-2011

Work Site Devotions

I am very proud of this group of people…all hearts and minds intent on one thing…doing all they can for others…and KEEPING GOD FIRST. They gathered each morning and as Jeff shared the devotions each day and they prayed together, God united hearts and strengthened bodies for the work and sweat ahead!

Long days–but good attitudes and happy individuals made the work easier and their focus remained steady.

Thank you JESUS for helping them daily and for bringing them all home safe. We are especially glad to have some of Jeff’s special friends and brothers join our Grace group! Thanks guys! You made quite an impact! (David, Jeremiah and George)

In the morning, bright and early we begin a new week of camp! We appreciate ALL prayers for strength, safety and EPIC anointing in the services and in the hearts and lives participating in this 2011 Youth Camp! I know the kitchen staff will truly appreciate all prayers! We have many mouths to feed but we will not cook a single thing, until we have brought the day before the LORD.

I look forward to handing my camera off to some talented photographer this week for some amazing pictures to bring you–keep watching for YOUR child–he or she just might make the blog!

ALSO, more pictures will come from the trip to Rainbow City, AL this past week and updates along with–as soon as time permits.

© The Knightly News 2007-2011

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Saturday Ramblings

Good morning y’all.  That’s what I’d say if you were here…instead of there.  Wherever you are…maybe sitting in your p.j.’s eating cereal…or maybe it’s late night where you dwell.  Either way, good morning from here!

I woke to what appeared to be the sound of a boat buzzing across the lake–and then the stick hit the window and I remembered I don’t live at any lake and knew it was a lawn mower.  At an ungodly hour!  (not really, I was awake for a long time, just going over “things” in my head)

Jeff returns today from his second trip to North Alabama to assist those that were hit–devastatingly hard by the tornadoes in April.  Why don’t they name the tornadoes?  They name the hurricanes that come and rip the sands of the shore away, grain by grain.

There have been some storms in my life that I’ve labeled.  Maybe you have some of yours.   For me, it was not to remember the storm, but to remember what God did.  In a message from our pastor a few weeks ago, he talked about raising a “banner”–over the victory!–emphasizing that God had come in and stomped the enemy out!  We BELONG to GOD!  The enemy has NO AUTHORITY in your life, in my life–if we are a believer in Christ JESUS! 

But sometimes I felt “stomped” out–in the process of the battl.  And perhaps you have too…maybe it’s because there are things in us that need to be stomped out–pressed out–time for some self-examination! 

I’m getting ready for several things-

  • more massive cooking at “Youth Camp”,
  • The She Speaks Conference,
  • and Bolivia.  (Another one on the horizon, but we won’t discuss it right now.)

Tucked inside all of this–is a heart that seeks to do God’s will–wherever that may take me.  Time is running out–we’ve much to do–many hearts and lives to touch for Jesus!

KNOW that your prayers are needed and appreciated for both of us!  Jeff will be over the top busy the next few weeks!  Actually, being married to my best friend and love of my life for over 29 years, I have never seen him “un” busy.  He’s just a worker!  A man with a servant’s heart–who loves Jesus with all that he has and is.  I am so thankful that God joined our hands and hearts all those years ago. 

And the storms of life?

We just cling tighter.

© The Knightly News 2007-2011

Thursday I’m at Laced with Grace!

Camp begins again NEXT week. 

MUCH has been happening around here though…for one thing, I’ve done a TON of laundry, complete with ironing!  I’ve tried not to cook much.  Well, I did just a little.  I will get back into that gear next week. 

Head over to Laced with Grace and read my ramblings from this week.

Laced With Grace

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© The Knightly News 2007-2011