header-CCSAKids.jpg header-CCCAziplines.jpg header-CanadaGirls.jpg header-CCSAmudkids.jpg header-SpainATV.jpg header-UKKayaks.jpg header-UKtires.jpg

Hello! My Name Is …. Yasushi Sato

Posted by Dan Bolin on OA8er @ 8:21

CCI-Japan

 

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born April 26, 1959, in Yamagata-city, Japan. I live in “C-on Kinshuko “Christan Camp of Iwate now for 34 years.

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

My mother is a Christian and I have grown up in her prayers.In 1974, at 15 years old, I accepted Jesus at a Christian camp here in Japan (named C- on Kinshuko at the time). In 1982, I became part of the staff at Kinshuki Bible Camp

 

Tell us about your family.

My wife - Hiroko and twin daughters (31): Etsuko & Junko, son :Tadashi (26). And Siberian Husky Dog (12).Etsuko of the older sister of twin daughters gets married in 2012 and lives in Osaka.Etsuko delivered a boy on March 19. So I became grandfather at last on March 19.

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

I am a member of the officers' meetings of CCI/Japan. I work as a chairperson.

           

What do you do on your day off?

I serve a wife. (half a joke, the half truth). Photography, Lesson of the tea ceremony, fly fishing, telemarketing.

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

Japanese old book, ”Fuu Shi Ka Den”

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

Jazz, Fusion, Rock Django Reinhardt “minor swing,” Seawind ”morning star,” Tack&patti. There is a lot so as not to be able to begin to write it.

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

Psalm 8:4 – “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”

Think so every day…..

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

Isaiah 30:21

Amos 3:7

Hello! My Name Is …. Dave Cairns

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP4er @ 16:17

CCI-USA

 

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Chicago, IL and now live in Brooklyn Park, MN (a suburb of Minneapolis)

 

 

Tell us about your family.

I met my wife while we were both working at the same camp.  We’ve been married for 19 years and have three children: our son Drew is 17, our son Trent is 15 and our daughter Annis is 12

 

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

I currently serve as Executive Director of Covenant Pines Ministries. CPM is owned by the 45 Evangelical Covenant denominational churches located in the Minneapolis/St Paul area of Minnesota. Previously I have served 10 years on the section cabinet: six as treasurer and three as president. I have also been involved with CCI-Russia on a very local level leading workshops for camp staff in the Ural Mountain region of central

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

I enjoy reading, hiking and running. We just purchased a house, so I often spend my days off now doing projects around the house.

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

I very much enjoy fictional mystery books. I find them as a way to escape and relax for a few hours.

 

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

I have a very eclectic taste in music, but my “go to” choice would be David Crowder.

 

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.” Psalms 139:13-18

These words provided great comfort me during an intense time of need in my life. They helped me reclaim my identity as a child of God.

 

 

What else should we know about you?  

I now serve at the camp where my father was hired as the first year-round employee 43 years ago. His job was to run the summer camp and winterize the property to expand into a year round ministry.

 

Hello! My Name Is …. Adelmo Santiago

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP9er @ 21:15

 

CCI-Brazil

 

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When I was 17 years old, I went to Eduardo Lane Biblical Institute in Minas Gerais, where I met my wife. Two years later, when I finished the Biblical Institute, I moved to Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, and started to work in a corporate group. Since that time I have lived in Uberlandia, MG.

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

When I was 12 years old, I met Jesus at a camp. Since that time, camp has been a part of my life. Then, 18 years ago we bought some land and started to build a camp. Now I work full time as the director of our camp, Manancial Adventure Camp.

 

Tell us about your family.

My wife Nancy is a dentist and my daughter, Larissa, is too. My son-in-law is a veterinarian, but everybody helps a lot in our camp. My wife works as Kitchen Chef, my daughter as Program Director and my son-in-law as Operational Manager.

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

When we started to build the camp, I looked for help and found Alan Mullins and his wife, Ezia. Alan and Ezia helped me in many ways. They were members of CCI board in Brazil. Since that time I have tried to help CCI in many ways as CCI helped me. For the last five years I have served as a board member of CCI Brazil and, the last three years as president of board.

 

What do you do on your day off?

When we have day off (which isn’t normal for us), we very much like to travel.

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

I usually read two books a month, so it is difficult to choose just one. However, when I was kid I read “The Eneida” by Homero and I never forgot this story. 

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

I like “jazz” and “bossa nova” styles of music, and some Brazilian gospel artists like Joao Alexandre, Jorge Camargo, and Janires (from the 70’s).

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

Philippians 1:6 is my favorite verse of Bible: “Being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.” That is my real hope.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

My favorite piece of advice is: Before the action, think and plan.

 

Anything else we need to know about you?

Just two more things.

Many years ago, some church friends and I recorded a gospel CD with a band. It was a fun and great experience.

I worked for 30 years as a Human Talents Director in a big corporate business group, and yet, on the weekends, I worked in a camp.

Hello! My Name Is …. Bill Tissingh

Posted by Dan Bolin on OA8er @ 8:59

 CCI-NZ

 

Where were you born and where do you live now? 

I was born in the Netherlands and my family immigrated to New Zealand in 1957.

 

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

I came to know Christ as Savior when I was 13 through an outreach program called the Greater Waikato Crusade and have been actively involved in Christian ministries and church life since then.

 

 

Tell us about your family. 

I am married to Ngaire and we have seven daughters and four sons plus several others for who we are mum and dad, as well as 10 grandchildren.

 

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

I first became actively involved in Christian Camping about 33 years ago when I joined the board of a small camp 30kms from the small town of Paeroa where we live on a life-style block. I am presently the chair of trustees there and have recently joined another member of the CCNZ family as a trustee. I also serve on the National Board of CCNZ.

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

Days off are a difficult thing for me so they tend to be part days and snippets of time during which I enjoy walking in a beautiful gorge just 10 minutes from home or cycling on a rail trail that goes past our home and out to that same gorge.

 

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

A favorite musician would have to be Eva Cassidy but I also enjoy Ed Sheeran. But what I love the most is reflective worship music.

 

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

A favorite verse that I’m preaching a series on at the moment is Proverbs 10: 11 : “The mouth of the righteous shall be a fountain of life!”

 

 

What else should we know about you?

I love being involved in my community and my wife and I have a bunch of groups - from sporting groups to schools - that we serve in. I serve as pastor at the local Bible Chapel and I also run a small dairy farm to help support the family.

Hello! My Name Is….Derri-Ann Palmer

Posted by Dan Bolin on OA10er @ 10:47

 

CCI-Jamaica

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica and that’s where I live now.

 

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development? 

Through normal church attendance and involvement in Sunday School I became convicted of my need for a personal relationship with God. So after one of the services at church I responded to an altar call from the pastor.

I got involved in camps at a late stage as I had never been a camper but served as a counselor. Serving at camps has aided my spiritual development as I’ve learned much about how God works through our lives to impact each other. It has also opened my eyes to some of the ways God wants to work in my life.

 

 

Tell us about your family.

Well there’s Mommy and Daddy and I’m the eldest of three girls.

 

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

I’ve served as a counselor and camp secretary in Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) Intermediate camps for youth ages 15-16. Through JBU I got involved with CCI- Jamaica and now serve as one of the board members.

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

When I have free time I may be found watching a show/movie or online reading about something. When I get outside I love the beach and relaxing with friends over a good meal and traveling.

 

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

I guess you could say I have an eclectic taste and it depends on my mood.

 

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

For this season of my life Isaiah 41:10 is a comforting reminder: “Fear not for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and uphold you with my righteous hand.”

 

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

Think before you speak.

 

 

What else should we know about you?

I love to sing and at times I hum unconsciously.

Hello! My Name Is….Bob Kobielush

Posted by Dan Bolin on OA11er @ 11:16

CCI-USA

 

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

 

Born in the United States in rural Northern Wisconsin.  Currently live in Colorado with frequent trips (1500 miles one way) to the boyhood farm where my roots were first established.

 

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

 

I was “scared into the Kingdom” by a hell-fire-and-brimstone traveling evangelist who was holding meetings in the little country church where my aunt was the pastor…a couple of the best things (conversion and lady pastor) that ever happened to me. Between my sophomore and junior year in college I took a summer off from being an ironworker (where I earned good money to return in the fall to another year of college) to work at a Christian camp. There I committed my life to full time ministry and will never forget the little caveat in my prayer of commitment. “Lord, if possible, I sure would like to do that service in Christian camping.” Look at my comments below and smile.

 

 

Tell us about your family.

 

Raised by a single mother who had enough sense to live on the side of Jesus’ grace, and leave my father and raise me and my four younger brothers in a loving Christian home. Jo Ann and I married in 1968. She is a registered nurse, but has worked 35 years (and is still doing so) as a sales representative…a job and schedule that has accommodated my rigorous ministry responsibilities and raising a family. Many of us could say similar things about our spouses, but most of them are not recognized for this service, so I have chosen to include a picture of us, rather than just me. We have three grown children, two boys and a girl, and five grandchildren…spread among the three families. Our kids and their spouses all know the Lord as their Savior, are active in wonderful churches, have good educations/degrees, are living productive Christian lives and welcome us into their homes with great love. This is truly a blessing and joy.

          

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

 

Retired. Camp director for nine years; on the staff of Christian Camping International/USA (CCI/USA) for five years as Director of Leadership Development and Certification; Principal of a consulting firm providing services for Christian Camps, Conference and Retreat Centers; President of CCI/USA (CCCA) for 19 years; and Founder and President of the Christian Camping Foundation. Served on the Board of Directors for CCI/USA while a camp director; currently on the Board of Directors for CCI-Worldwide; Chairman of CCI-Worldwide Archives Committee.

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

 

This question has always been foreign to me. I take breaks when I need them with no structure or regimen. I have lived that way all of my adult life. I like to fish, do yard work, cut firewood, and do road trips in the car.

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

 

Two classics…Secular: The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker Christian and Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders

 

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

 

Classic country, Gospel quartet music, and the pop music of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s still are my favorites.

 

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

 

 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” Romans 12:1-3

 

These three verses, if properly understood and executed, render a complete servant of Christ. Often verse 3 is left off in this citing…so tragic, for therein lies the key to proper application among people.

 

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

Success is best achieved when you surround yourself with people who passionately share your mission, BUT are very different than you in the way they go about fulfilling it.

 

 

What else should we know about you?

 

Enough said.

Hello! My Name Is….Adam Stewart

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP3er @ 15:13

 

CVA (Australia)

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born and raised in Sydney Australia, and fortunately now live next door to the house I grew up in.

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

My faith journey had multiple moments of saying “yes” to Jesus.  My parents nurtured an environment that guided me towards faith in God. Camp continues to play a large role in strengthening and deepening my faith, as it has done since my early years. Whether it was camping at a beach with family and friends or organised camps in my teens and more recent spiritual retreats, I am continually surprised at the power of camp in teaching me new things about God.

 

Tell us about your family.

My wonderful wife Elissa and I have three children: Will (11), Luke (8) and Ashleigh (6).  They are a bundle of energy and fun. When there isn’t trampolining, singing, dancing, piano playing, YouTubing (and the ‘occasional’ sibling rivalry), we love to spend time at the beach in the water together.

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

After outdoor guiding in my early twenties, I have returned to camping in a role to develop people and programs. I love this role so much – every day is a new opportunity. I have had the great privilege recently of being a part of a team facilitating conferences in Bangladesh on behalf of Christian Venues Australia to encourage and develop camp workers there.

 

What do you do on your day off?

Being in natural environments renews my soul. I also enjoy spending time with family in whatever adventure that happens to be – its good to be together.

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

I am loving Axiom by Bill Hybels at the moment. Each page is filled with gold in shaping the life and ministry of a leader.

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

It’s a bit of a mix for me.  I’ll say: anything my wife puts on in the car J

 

What is your favourite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

My favorite verse seems to change a lot. This week it is Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  It encourages us to confidently approach God and he will provide us with our needs. It’s a great image of a loving Father who so earnestly seeks to engage with his children and help them become all He designed them to be.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

Plod with God.

 

What else should we know about you?

I like my peanut butter smooth. And I’m left handed. That should cover about everything. 

Hello! My Name Is….George Asante

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP2er @ 14:41

Christian Camping Leader, Ghana

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Accra and live at Accra, Ghana.

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

I was converted in 1984 through an Open door Crusade which was organized in my locality. During the crusade, an altar call was made and I gave my whole being to Christ. As a boy, I joined Ghana Boys Scout Association which was involved in adventure camping and this help to shape my leadership skills and invoke me self-confident though in a secular way. At the secondary school, I joined Scripture Union which was involved in camp activities and then become the prayer secretary.

 

Tell us about your family.

I am married to Honesty and blessed with two boys and a girl. Padmore – 10 years, Eldwin – 8 years and Ella – 3 years.

 

What role (s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

Since my involvement in Scripture Union in secondary school, at the university, I joined Student Christian Movement of Ghana affiliated to World Student Christian Federation   which was involved in camp activities and youth leadership empowerment through the teaching methods of Jesus Christ. I then became the President of the movement in 2003 and organized a number of camps and youth leadership programs and undertook community evangelism and outreach programs.

My involvement with CCI started when a committee was set up by CCI-Worldwide to help in establishment of CCI-West Africa. I was lucky to be selected as one of the pioneering members to assist to make this dream comes through. Upon consultation and initial planning, an event committee was set up to hold the first consultative conference in Ghana. In July 2015, a successful conference took place in Accra Ghana which number of countries in the sub-region participated. Notable among them was Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d’ivoire, Niger, Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso. In the event committee, I served as chairman and logistics officer during the conference.

Currently, I serve as the interim chairman of West Africa Regional Committee.

  

What do you do on your day off?

I like reading Christian novels and watching Christian movies. I also enjoy encouraging the young ones in the church and friends to focus on Jesus Christ as the Author and Finisher of our faith and performing any role in the house of the Lord

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster.

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

Any Gospel, praise and worship music whether local or foreign artist.

Favorite Rev.Yawson (African medley)

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

I have come to realize that in this world one can do nothing without Christ. Who is Man without Christ? With Christ nothing is impossible if only you are prepared to serve Him diligently. He will give you all the resources and strength you need to carry on any activities that will glorify Him. Nehemiah 8:10b - “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

One must have faith in God since he is Author and Finisher of our faith. An admonition to serve the Lord faithfully and not to allow for distractions from others.

 

What else should we know about you?

I am inspirational, self-starter, independent frame of mind and committed to producing excellent results in whatever I do. Easily understood and accepted by others. Passionate aboutthe kingdom of God and prayerful.

 

Hello! My Name Is….Richard Toxla

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP12er @ 12:43

Christian Camping Leader, Ghana

 

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Accra and live at New Gbawe, Accra, Ghana.

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

I got convertedthrough the activities of ScriptureUnion, Greater Accra Region in 1986 while in secondary school. I was assured of my salvation in July 1987 through Bank of Ghana Christian Fellowship meeting at Baden Powel Hall, High Street, Accra.

My growth and development was facilitated through the use of Scripture Union Daily Devotional Guide (Daily Power/Guide) both at home and school. Again, Scripture Union School fellowship activities and annual camp meetings played a pivotal role in my Christian growth and maturity.

 

Tell us about your family.

I come from a polygamous family of 16 children made up of nine guys and seven ladies. I’m the eldest of the last woman my late father got married to. I have four younger siblings from the same mother – two guys and two ladies.

I’m married to Patience and togetherwe have been blessed with three (3) daughters; two biological and one adopted. Their names are Gloria – 10 years, Eunice – 9 years and Esther – 13 years.

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

I have been involved with Scripture Union camping programmes/activities since 1990 till date. I have played the following roles over the period: Camp Secretary, Camp Banker, Camp Dormitory Officer, Prayer Tower Assistant Leader, Camp Counsellor, Camp Adjutant, and Camp Commandant among others.

I also served as a Secretary on the Greater Accra Regional Camps Planning Committee over a decade. Presently, I’m by the grace of God the Vice Chairperson of the Regional Camps Planning Committee.

I got involved with CCI through the maiden CCI West Africa Consultative Conference held in July 2015, in Accra. I served on the Event Committee as the Coordinator of the Conference and doubled as the Treasurer.

I’m currently serving as the Interim Treasurer of the West Africa Regional Committee.

 

What do you do on your day off?

I like reading Christian novels and watching Christian movies. I also sometimes get involved with counseling young would-be couples and sharing the gospel with people.

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

Gospel music. Sonnie Badu (African Medley); Donnie McClurkin (Days of Elijah).

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

Matthew 20:28– “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

If my Lord and Saviour came to serve, who am I not to serve my fellow man freely and willingly? I’m naturally passionate about serving others and I therefore get very satisfied and fulfilled when I serve others both in Christendom and in the secular world.

The icing on the cake is 1 Corinthians 15:58 – I am always motivated to serve all because I know there is a reward awaiting me when I don’t give up.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

An admonition to serve the Lord faithfully and not to allow for distractions from others.

 

What else should we know about you?

I’m a team player, disciplined, an organizer, and friendly, hospitable, caring/compassionate, prayerful and love everything about the kingdom of God.

Hello! My Name Is….Cliff McCalister

Posted by Dan Bolin on OA10er @ 10:29

CCI-Mexico

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Terre Haute, Indiana in the United States.

 

How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?

I grew up going to church with my parents, and in fact, I never remember a time when I did not know God. Yet a time came when I was 12 years old and was confronted with my sin. I realized I was a sinner and needed a Savior. It was a camp as a high school student that I heard God’s call to ministry. At the time I did not know what that would look like, but through many more camp experiences (counselor, maintenance, cleaning, guest group coordinator etc.), I came to realize I was called specifically to camp ministry. That has now taken me to Mexico and Latin America.

 

Tell us about your family.

I am blessed to be married to my best friend, Joy, for 25 years. We have three wonderful kids. Our oldest Molly is married and living in Gunnison, Colorado. Cailey is attending Champlain College in Vermont and our son Jack is living with us and attending high school. What a blessing to watch my kids grow up with room to roam, with a community that has believed in them and mentored them along the way.

 

What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?

I am currently the Director de Eventos in CCI AL/Mexico and have been involved in Christian camps since I was 18. I have been a counselor, cook, cleaner, maintenance, guest group coordinator, discipleship director, learner, and interim Director. I continue to grow and learn with so many great people.

 

What do you do on your day off?

I like making things, mostly with wood, but right now I am learning to weld and have all kinds of projects in my mind. Anything outdoors, from mountain bikes to snow shoeing, with my wife. I love cars, but basically just read magazines about them. (I hope my son becomes a mechanic.) 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

Spiritual Leadership by Blackaby, and The More the Merrier: Lead Playful Activities with Large Groups.

 

What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?

My favorite artists would be Third Day, but I love good old rock ‘n roll from the 80’s.

 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?

“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Mark 9:37

There is more to the story than I can share here. My wife and I went through a failed foster adopt. It was very difficult, and I did not want to pursue adoption again. We got a phone call about Jack, and we were going to meet him on this particular day. This was the verse I found in my devotions that morning.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

I got two pieces of advice during our pre-marital counsel that has been invaluable.

Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.

Don’t get a bed bigger than a full size (in Mexico it is called a matrimonial).

1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Email A Friend
From Name
From Email
To Name
To Email
Note