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Hello! My Name Is ... Aaron Ziebarth

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP4er @ 16:59

 CCCA - USA

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?  

I was born in Edina, Minnesota and now live in Greencastle Pennsylvania in the United States.

 

  

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

When I was four years old, after coming home from a church event, God significantly moved in me. I talked with my father about what I had heard. He and I prayed that night in my room and I received Christ. After I graduated from my sixth-grade year in school I was at junior high camp at Camp Shamineau in Minnesota. The missionary speaker for the week was not going to be there on Friday morning, and the program director asked if any of us would. He shared that he felt that one of us was supposed to speak that morning. While sitting in my seat the Lord nudged me that I should speak. I agreed to do so. After speaking I clearly sensed the Lord working through me and calling me into ministry. At that time I only considered two possibilities for ministry, foreign missions or a pastor. Only later did the Lord refine that calling to camp ministry.

 

  

Tell us about your family.  

I have been married to Stephanie for 19 years. We have three children; Abigail, 16, Josiah, 14 and Anna, 10.

 

  

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

In addition to serving a variety of roles on summer staff I have been a year-around program director and executive director. I have served as the chairman of the board of CCCA and I also serve as a CCI advocate for Russia.  

 

  

What do you do on your day off?

I enjoy backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. Sometimes I do this by myself so that I can connect with the Lord. I also enjoy backpacking with friends. I enjoy reading a variety of different booksStephanie and I enjoy attending a performance of Handel’s Messiah annually.

 

 

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

I enjoy a variety of different styles, as long as it is well done.

   

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

First Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

I have always liked it when things seem to fit together with a purpose. This verse has given my life purpose and my ministry opens.

 

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

To ask the Lord, what are you teaching me now?

 

What else should we know about you?  

Second Timothy 2:2 is foundational to my ministry. I enjoy equipping individuals in their God-given calling

 

Hello! My Name Is...Ken Pullen

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP3er @ 15:33

 CVA - Australia

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

 

I was born in Sydney and now live to the NW of Sydney in Kurmond NSW, but have lived in at least 12 other towns across both Australia and India.

 

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

 

My parents were missionaries in India and so I was brought up in a home with constant Christian teaching. I was sent off to boarding school 1000 km (650 miles) from home at aged 8 and there struggled as Christianity was pretty much forced into our lives. However, at the age of 14 while there I made a significant decision to follow Christ, but it wasn't until I was 18 that the fullness of God's Grace became the primary focus as I realized He provided it all, and I had nothing to contribute.

 

Camps (often in jungle huts in what are now National Parks) were a significant break from School in India and very much looked forward to and always featured biblical teaching (though honestly can say I remember none of it). 

 

Youth group-based weekends away in Australia were far more significant in deepening a growing faith. And, importantly for how life has developed since, Kerry and I first met at such a camp where two churches held a weekend together.

 

Tell us about your family.

 

Kerry and I have been married for 38 years and have four wonderful children. Our youngest two Bronwyn and Jono live with us and work nearby, while Tara lives with Kerry's mum and works nearer Sydney. Our eldest, Chris and wife Jennifer, live in Texas and have an eight month old daughter Matilda (whom we see regularly on Facetime).

 

 

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

 

Since 2003 I have been the CEO of CCI's association in Australia, which is called Christian Venues Association.  For 22 years prior to this, Kerry and I owned and operated a 142 bed center called Grace Lodge in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. 

 

I attended my first meeting of people involved in Christian Camping a month or two before starting at Grace Lodge, and concluded then that anyone wanting to be involved in this ministry would have "rocks in their head" if they didn't join such an association and learn from the collective wisdom that existed in that room.  This is a philosophy that drives me today - CCI Associations provide a means of sharing so we don't reinvent the wheel and avoid common mistakes.

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

 

Philately—especially graphic errors in the production of stamps, and so I collect them (as well as a few countries because of general interest). I am president of a stamp club that, on top of the meetings and regular things a stamp club does, processes stamps and collections that are received by the Church Missionary Society to raise funds for the society (please feel free to send me as many packages/envelopes of stamps from your country and these will be used to provide funds to support CMS Missionaries worldwide).

 

I am also a volunteer Group Captain with the NSW Rural Fire Service and thus have various responsibilities for fire related incidents within our local government area - structure fires, vehicle crashes and bushfires, as well as training and assessing members.

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

 

JRR Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings"

 

 

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

Moody Blues, Beatles and (some of) the Rolling Stones.    

 

 

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

 

1 Timothy 1: 12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

These verses have upheld me in the work I have done and clearly express the surprise I have that He does show me mercy, despite what I am, through His Grace.

 

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

 

Never walk barefooted through the jungle or a farm behind a man with shoes on….

 

Hello! My Name is...Dan DeGroat

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP9er @ 21:18

Global Outreach Group 

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?    

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Famous for its nickname:  “Music City.” If you’ve heard the expression “country music,” that’s where it began. I’ve lived in the state of Texas since 1988.

 

 

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

I trusted Christ at the age of six in my home. Mine was a Christian family. I attended camp every summer as a boy, and looking back I appreciate how instrumental it was in my spiritual development. At age 14 I was invited to serve as a camp counselor for the 6-year-old boys. I loved every minute of it, and returned for 6 summers. (I think the director kept inviting me back because he couldn’t find anybody else who actually wanted the 6-year-old-boys).

 

 

Tell us about your family.  

Becky and I met in college through a campus ministry that I co-founded. We married in 1974. At our current church she is Youth Director, Young Children’s Ministry Director, Sr. high school Sunday School teacher, VBS Director (children’s Bible school during the summer), and gets our youth group to camp every year. Our oldest son, Michael (30), is a financial advisor, Bible teacher, and co-founded a men’s ministry called “IronCenturion.” His wife Melissa has her own ballet company. Our daughter, Sarah (27), serves on her church staff as women’s ministry director and is engaged to be married. She is a songwriter, musician, and performer; fluent in Russian, and in the Masters Degree program at Dallas Theological Seminary. Our youngest son, Ryken, is 17. We were privileged to adopt him from a Russian orphanage 15 years ago. He is an accomplished pianist, guitarist, and emerging poet.

 

 

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

CCI? 

I resigned my career as a Park Ranger in 1978 to enter Christian camping full-time. Interestingly, the first camp where I was director was my old boyhood camp that had been so meaningful to me as a camper. Double memories. In 1980 we moved to the Smoky Mountains where I directed a new camp and retreat center for 8 years. During that time I also served as a Regional Representative for the CCI/USA Association, as well as on the Board of Directors. In 1988 I was offered a position at a camp in Texas where I served in a progression of positions: Conference Coordinator, Director of Operations, and Camp Director; I also started and oversaw the Environmental Education Program for public and private schools.

 

In 1994 God dramatically stirred my heart to serve internationally. I resigned my position as camp director, raised financial support, and our family joined a team of The Navigators by invitation and moved to Russia where we lived for a year and a half. There we had opportunity to travel extensively and learn how our camping experience could benefit the camping leaders in the Former Soviet Union. Alexander Kharitonov was a gracious host and welcomed me into his world. We teamed up together to train camping leaders.

 

Two years later I joined the staff of CCI/USA as Director of Russia Ministries, and gave oversight to the formal partnership between the two Associations. From there, Global Outreach Group was spun off as a separate organization and I was retained as Executive Director. That’s the position I still hold today. Our purpose is “Training Christian Youth Camp Leaders Worldwide.”

 

I also served on the Executive Committee of CCI’s International Forum back in the 1990’s. It was the precursor of what we now know as CCI/Worldwide, and I had the privilege of helping shape the transition to the model of CCI Worldwide that we have today. I’m currently a “Pioneer” for CCI/WW, and have traveled to 34 countries.

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

Hobbies or personal interests.  On my what? (Just kidding). I enjoy motorcycling, travel, backpacking, whitewater canoeing, time with my family, and church ministry. I’ve started two churches over the years—not as pastor, but as leader. I currently chair the Board of Elders at my church, and enjoy teaching roles as opportunities arise. My oldest son and I conduct Father/Son “Warrior Weekends” at camps for dads and their sons from time to time. I launched a men’s motorcycle trip camping ministry which I led for a dozen years. I called it “Dead Men Riding,” based on Galatians 2:20. I play guitar and pretend to play the banjo.

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book? 

I never was good at answering that question. My favorite is usually the one I’m reading right now. As a teen, though, The Shadow of the Almighty taught me about single-minded passion and sacrifice. Daws: A Man Who Trusted God, showed me what God can do through a faithful servant. Raising a Modern-Day Knight guided me in leading my sons into authentic manhood. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters made me a better dad to my girl. (And of course all books by Dan Bolin).

 

 

What kind of music do you like?

Any favorite recording artists or song?   Bluegrass, jazz, folk. Allison Krauss, Kenny G, Avett Brothers, John Denver, Liz Story, Peter, Paul, & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, Alan Jackson, Chet Atkins, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah DeGroat. I like some contemporary Christian music, but not much. My favorite old hymn: “Be Thou My Vision.” Contemporary favorite, “In Christ Alone.”

 

 

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

Proverbs 3:1-6. This passage guided me as a boy, shaped me as a man, and raised the bar for being a dad. I also take it as my Heavenly Father’s counsel to me as His redeemed son.

 

 

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

Memorize Scripture! Not just isolated verses, but paragraphs and whole chapters. (My mother used to pay me to do that when I was a kid). The mightiest men have Truth-soaked hearts.

 

 

What else should we know about you?

I’m 63, been married 40 years. My hero as a teen was Jim Elliot. Before he was martyred he wrote: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Oh to be a man like that . . .

Hello! My Name is...Dan Bolin

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP8er @ 20:31

 CCI Staff

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Portland Oregon but now live near Tyler, Texas. Cay and I have lived there since 1981.

 

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

I became a Christian after listening to a Back to the Bible children’s radio program when I was five years old.  I started attending camp about that same time.  My mom volunteered at a three-day day camp so I got to attend with my older brother and sister before I was old enough to attend on my own. When my mom passed away I found some old registration forms from overnight camp back in 1960. Since my parents volunteered and I learned all my memory verses, I attended for $6.  Camp played a huge part in my spiritual development and it was always the highlight of my summer.

 

Tell us about your family.

I met my wife, Cay, when we worked on summer staff at Pine Cove in 1975.  We’ve been married for almost 39 years. Our oldest daughter, Catie, died of leukemia in 1990 when she was nine years old. Our second daughter, Haley is married to John and they live near Washington DC. John is an Episcopal priest and Haley is an attorney. 

  

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

My first job in camping was when I was 13; I volunteered with Youth for Christ’s backpacking trips in Oregon – starting fires, fetching water, helping cook, and whatever needed to be done. I worked at Pine Cove for about 25 years. I cleaned a lot of toilets along the way and ended up as the Executive Director for 14 years. During that time I served 12 years on the CCCA board (CCI/USA back then) and two years as the board chairman. I represented the USA at an International Forum in New Zealand and learned more about what God was doing through camps and conferences around the world. I am now the International Director of CCI-Worldwide.  

 

What do you do on your day off? Hobbies or personal interests.

I love to fly-fish, read and write. I jog some, I like to split firewood and try to keep the grass mowed around the house.

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

That’s a tough one. I really love Hemmingway, Krakauer, Drucker, Norman Maclean, and many others. But if I had to pick one book I’d probably say the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Lewis) – followed by Silence (Endo).

  

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

I grew up on classic rock-and-roll. I like most of the 60s and 70s music. I still listen to Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby Nash and Young, Beatles and James Taylor – He’s still the best.  All-time favorite song – James Taylor’s Fire and Rain. I spent nine years in Christian radio and I also like Paul Baloche, Chris Tomlin, DC Talk and a host of other Christian artists.

 

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

When I was about 10 years old I memorized Jeremiah 33:3 to win a bible at New Testament. Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. That verse just jumped out at me and I’ve claimed it many time over the past 50 years. 

 

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

Phil Hook always said, Discover your gifts and build your life around them.

 

What else should we know about you?

Besides having the greatest wife of all time, I have the best job in the world. I get to go to the prettiest places, work with the nicest people, and do the most significant things!

Hello! My Name Is ... Leslie Strader

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP5er @ 17:17

 CCI  Staff

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

 

I was born in Shreveport, Louisiana but moved to Abilene, Texas (way out west, where the cowboys live!) when I was seven years old and grew up there. After several moves in my married life, we now live in Tyler, Texas (way out east with the pine trees and roses!) and have been here since 2006.

  

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

 

By the grace of God, I grew up in a Christian home and don’t remember a time when I didn’t know about Jesus. I became a Christian through my parent and my church when I was five years old. Camp was a very important part of my teenage years. I looked forward to going to camp with my youth group every summer in junior high and high school; these were times of great spiritual growth and relationship building for me. I also have a deep connection with Young Life and its camping ministry. My husband received his call to pastoral ministry on a mountaintop in Colorado when he was in high school, and he served on YL staff for many years.

  

Tell us about your family.

 

I’ve been married to my wonderful husband and best friend, Ross, for 20 years and we have three children – Maggie is 18 and a freshman in college; Jay, 15, is a sophomore in high school, and our youngest is Katherine, 10, a fifth grader. I love the people our children are becoming and have enjoyed every season of parenting, with all the highs and lows!

 

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

 

I work for CCI President Dan Bolin as his administrative assistant, handling a good portion of the communication for him, including Fresh Bread and the many writing projects he always has going on. We are still involved in various ways with Young Life as well.

 

What do you do on your day off?

 

At this point in my life, I am doing whatever my children are doing – sports, school events, drama, generally just following them around! We are also very involved in my church, Bethel Bible Church, where my husband is the senior pastor. I love to read and see movies and cook. I also love the Friday morning breakfast dates my husband and I have been fortunate enough to have together for the last 10 years!

  

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

I read anything Erik Larson or David McCullough writes – I love history and nonfiction. To Kill A Mockingbird is an old favorite. Harry Potter was a great series to read with my kids.

  

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

 

It depends on the day and my mood, frankly! I like Southern Rock (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Billy Joel, Lyle Lovette, Sara Bareilles, Mumford and Sons, Five for Fighting, Nate Ruess, The Who, Carly Simon …. but I listen to a lot of Christian music and think our worship pastor Todd Wright has some of the best songs out there!

 

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

 

I love the prayers of the Bible, Paul’s in particular. I use them often as prayers for myself and the people I love. One prayer that I have prayed for my family for many years is Colossians 1:9-14….and I trust He is answering this prayer in their lives every day:

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

 

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

 

“You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” That’s true every time and yet, I don’t always remember to do that! The biblical parallel would probably be Proverbs 15:1, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

 

And, I don’t know if this counts as “advice,” but Jesus’ words on the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6:33 have also proven to be the best way to make decisions and live life: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Hello! My Name is...Gwen Bowen

Posted by Dan Bolin on OA11er @ 11:44

CCI Staff

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Houston, Texas, in a suburb called. I currently live in Flint, Texas, which is just south of Tyler. 

 

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

At age 12, I made a public profession, but I understood and accepted the Gospel as truth before that. I attended various camping and retreats through church. The fireside songs and reflective prayers were always very meaningful. 

 

Tell us about your family.

I’ve been married 36+ years to my husband, Charles. We are parents to three grown sons and grandparents to 2.5 grandsons. One is still incubating. All reside in three separate cities in Texas. Charles is a pharmacist. 

 

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

I worked part-time May 2008 - April 2011 as Dan Bolin's Financial, Graphic, Website, Analyst Assistant. I returned February 1, 2015 as the Financial Assistant and am still part-time. 

 

What do you do on your day off? 

I also work part-time at a quilt shop in Tyler. I enjoy designing and creating sewing projects for my grandsons. I conceptualize, draw, digitize and stitch creative machine embroidery designs. I teach software classes also. 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

I'm a quilter, so it will be Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.  It's the current quilting book I'm sewing from. 

 

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

My favorite all time is James Taylor.  Best loved song is by Michael W Smith, "You Be Lifted High".

 

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

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

Ephesians 3:20-21 KJV

This verse says it all.  Glory to our matchless, merciful, providing God. 

 

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

It's a song. "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of Earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His Glory and grace."

 

Secularly, "Work Hard, Play Hard."

 

What else should we know about you?

My Father had six sons & 1 biological daughter. That was me. I grew up with three of those sons. I raised three of my own sons. I now have almost three grandsons. I definitely love my daughters-in-law!

Hello! My Name Is....Dave Tolman

Posted by Dan Bolin on OA11er @ 11:47

CVA - Australia

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Wollongong, Australia. It’s a city about an hour south of Sydney. I’ve lived overseas in England and also in Sydney for a number of years, but now reside back in my hometown where many members of our family live.

 

 

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

I was born into a Christian family attending a Baptist church for my formative years. While I understood that I needed to have faith it really didn’t start to form until the loss of my father at age 15. I was quite lost and attended a school Christian camp where I found unbelievable community and connection in a loving environment. Whilst my life took a number a turns along the way this camp experience was formative in my understanding of how community within a camp context is very powerful.

 

 

Tell us about your family.

I’m married to Tammy who is a trained teacher and pastor and works within ministries doing a lot of training, speaking, and resourcing. She has her own suite of ministry resources aimed at children’s ministries and is now moving into the intergenerational sphere where she is very active. My son Sam just turned 18 and is looking to complete his schooling this year and hopefully take up some kind of development internship within the outdoor industry ministry sector. My daughter Georgia is turning 15 and is involved in creative arts, enjoying singing and drama. As a family we love to travel.

 

 

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

I am currently on the Australian board of Christian Venues Australia acting as treasurer. I have been working in this capacity for a number of years. I am also a board member with a NFP Christian ministry developing camps across Australia with Children at Risk (Southern Cross Kids). In the last few years I have worked as a Regional rep within CCI and have moved onto the board, which I consider a distinctly humbling experience. Exposure to ministries across the globe and experiencing the call on people’s lives with little or no resource is a constant recalibrating exercise. In a fulltime capacity I work as Executive Director of The Tops Conference Centre (TheTops.com.au).

 

 

What do you do on your day off?

I don’t enjoy gardening and take much greater delight in riding my motorbike with a few mates. This is a great way to clear my mind and enjoy the beauty of the area in which we live. Family vacations, a beach culture, and love of the outdoors tend to drive my leisure activities so I can take advantage of our great weather.

 

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

Recent read – “Falling Upward” – Richard Rohr. I love the imagery of “The Shack.” John Eldredge “Wild at Heart” have also played a role in my journey as a husband, father, friend and leader.

 

 

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

I enjoy good Australian Pub Rock and more than likely if I named artists they would fall on deaf ears. As a drummer I enjoy the musical complexity of Sting.

 

 

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

John 10:10 has been a formative verse in my life and one I have now utilized as a key tag within the ministry I operate. I always responded positively to the thought that God wants me to have life to the full. I know for many years I forgot the first part of that verse and that there is someone who is seeking to destroy that which Gods wants to build up. Now understanding the completeness of the verse has far greater meaning.

 

 

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

Take your time. It’s a marathon and that you have to get balance in order to stay in for the long haul.

 

 

What else should we know about you?

I love to laugh and have a distinct desire to connect with people. I gain energy from being with people so I guess I’m in the right job!

 

Hello! My Name Is...Marty Putman

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP3er @ 15:11

 

CCI Staff

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Missouri, grew up in Arkansas (which I still call “home” because that’s where most of my family lives), but I’ve been in Texas for 30 years now.

 

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

I grew up in a Christian family who was very involved in church.  I made a decision to follow Christ as a child during Vacation Bible School (much like day camp).  When I was older, I had the privilege of going to week-long summer camps with our church. These are still great memories for me of significant spiritual growth, fellowship and lots of FUN! All these years later, I can still sing the camp theme song! 

 

Tell us about your family.

My husband and I have three children ranging from 32 to 21.  Our oldest son is an Assistant District Attorney here in the country where we live, our middle son is in his third year of medical school, and our daughter is a senior in college finishing her degree in Deaf Education. And we have the two most beautiful granddaughters in the world!  We also have a young lady from West Africa living with us and going to school locally.

 

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

I am Executive Assistant to Dan Bolin, International Director.  I’ve worked with CCI since 2011 and love seeing the growth and connections being made across the world.  I tell everyone, “I work with the greatest people on earth – camping people!”

 

What do you do on your day off?

Hmm – does that actually exist?  Ha! Our life is very full and busy, but if I can sneak in a little personal time, I love to get lost in a wonderful novel while sitting outside and listening to the birds singing. But my favorite hobby right now is playing with my granddaughters!

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers

The Hawk and the Dove Trilogy, Penelope Wilcock

Hospital by the River, Catherine Hamlin

And I just finished a really good study called Behold Your God by Dr. John Snyder

 

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

Going back to my roots, I really like Southern Gospel – especially the Gaither Vocal Band – it gets my toes tapping!  I also love the music of the group Selah.  Throw in a little pop-country and some classics from the 1960-70’s. But if I had to choose just one style of music, it would be the old hymns of the faith I learned growing up.

 

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

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

 

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

The one that comes to mind today is “Don’t sweat the small stuff!”

 

What else should we know about you?

My husband is a gynecologist and Women’s Healthcare Consultant for Mercy Ships International.  We have been involved with helping women who suffer from Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF) since 2004 when God first brought it to our attention. We lived in West Africa for three years working at a land-based fistula clinic.  We now make frequent trips to different parts of Africa where a fistula surgeon is needed, including time on the ships wherever they are docked. If you want to learn more about fistula, watch the documentary on YouTube, A Walk to Beautiful.

 

 

Hello! My Name is...Robert Bruneau

Posted by Dan Bolin on OP1er @ 13:41

CCI - Latin America

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Barranquilla, Colombia but moved to Panama since I was 4 years old, and that is where I live now.

 

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

Camp was totally a part of my decision for Christ. I was born in a Christian family, specifically as a Pastor Kid. Sunday School class, Children Ministry, Boys Clubs played a big role in my knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ but it was at camps when I really understood the truth of Jesus by experiencing in many different ways. I saw the Gospel in my cabin leader lives, the camp director, and the missionaries who will come every year to share their missionary stories every day. 

I made my decision for Christ when I was 9 years old in the same camp I later became part of the staff team, and years later the Camp Director for 9 years. So it was in the camping ministry were my calling for missions, discipleship, leadership development, leadership skills and serving opportunities took place. At camp I learned to serve, to live the Gospel, and to guide other to Jesus. Obviously, my family and my church were the other two major influencers in my leadership growth and spiritual development.

 

Tell us about your family, Robert.

I am married for 20 years to Nina, a wonderful and skilled woman, who loves the Lord more than any other person in earth, and who know exactly how to make me feel in peace when we are facing ministry-family issues by her gift of discernment and assertiveness. My two daughters, Nicole 14 and Joanne 8, are two precious girls who have trained me as father. We love having people in our house (hospitality), we love story telling, we love to play outdoors with our dog (Shanty – black lab) and we really enjoy driving our car with no specific destination but going to the woods for few hours and walk. WE LOVE CAMP.

 

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

I am the Executive Director of CCI Latin America, Board Member of CCI World Wide and a CCI WW Pioneer. I have been involve with CCI (Latin America) for 30 years and 15 years as the Director for Latin America.

 

What do you do on your day off?

I love to talk with my wife and girls during my day off. I probably will invite friends or relatives to our home to eat together and enjoy fellowship.  I love to watch sports, read books on leadership, cross-cultures and spiritual formation.

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

I love the book “The Mission of God´s People” by Christopher Wrights.

 

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

I like Latin Music and my favorite artist is Ruben Blades from Panama and his album “Estoy Buscando America”  (I am looking for America).

 

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

James 1:17 because it is constant reminder that God never changes and “every good gift”, all of what I have received, I am receiving and I will received “comes from above” – God.  Living cross-culturally we have experienced many difficulties, crisis, sufferings, but also peace and joy with our family, our ministry partners and this verse has been one of those who helps us to see God in the midst of those moments.

 

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

READ the Bible, READ books and commentaries, and READ the newspaper. Reading is a great way to be aware of the context.

 

What else should we know about you?

I have a personal tendency when I go to a new country to take a time to visit downtown and enjoy the place with locals, eating local food, using their local transportation, trying to communicate with people in their language. I have been doing that for 25 years and I love it. I have learned many things doing this.

 

Hello! My Name is...Dave Frank

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CCI - Spain

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  My father was a pastor at a Mennonite Brethren in Christ church. For the last 37 years we have made our home in Spain. Presently we live in the province of Girona. We are an hour’s drive away from the high Pyrenees, 40 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea, half an hour from the French border and one and a half hours from Barcelona.

 

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

I accepted the Lord Jesus into my heart when I was seven years old through my Sunday school teacher. It was that same year (1951) that I had my first summer camp experience in a Boys Brigade camp in the Pocono Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania.  Much of the joy I have experienced and the growth I have seen in my life has come from Christian camping, either as a camper, summer camp staff member or full time employed staff member at different camps. God has been good to me allowing me to experience His great outdoor creation and the impact it has on so many lives for His glory.

 

Tell us about your family.

My wife, Debbie, grew up in the jungles of Peru where her parents served as missionaries among the Campa Indians. We met at Columbia International University. God has given us three amazing children (Jeremy, Tifanie, & Tamara) who have married three amazing people (Sylvia, Christian & Alex).  We have four grandkids by God’s grace.  Now two of our kids and their families are serving full time with us at L’Arcada Camps.  The third child and husband are also very involved, although not full time. We are so blessed.

 

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

My first introduction to CCI was as a staff member at Spring Hill Camps.  We went together to the CCI Annual Conference in 1976 at Whitewater, WI. From those early days I have been involved in CCI in one way or another as a CCI member, national leader in Spain and now on the CCI/Worldwide board. CCI has provided me with a high level of training and encouragement through the years that, by God’s grace, I have been able to pass on to others.

 

What do you do on your day off? Share some of your hobbies or personal interests with us.

Years ago enjoyed snow skiing and horses. Now I like to take a hike in the Pyrenees Mountains when it is possible. I like reading a good book and especially just spending time alone with Debbie, my sweetheart of almost 40 years.

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

Since I have a little brain I like little books. I have so many to choose from, it is hard to say. I suppose Intimacy with the Almighty by Chuck Swindoll, or The Valley of Vision (a collection of Puritan Prayers) are a few of my favorites. Some of the older preacher/authors like Vance Havner or Andrew Murray also inspire me. You might not be able to find their books anymore, but the Bible is still available.

 

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

Wow…my tastes are so varied in music. I like rock and contemporary. I even get into some blues. Country is one of my favorites. I liked Johnny Cash and also Alabama. I also like the old hymns that were written by Christians who found victory in suffering and sacrifice. There are so many artists I enjoy, although I have little time to listen.

 

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

There are so many that have made an impact on my life. I suppose one of my favorite passages is Proverbs 3:5-7 and 1 Thess. 5:16 – 18.  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” …knowing His will, not leaning on my understanding, always thankfully going to Him for understanding.                    

 

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

Don’t think you know or understand things.  There is always so much more to learn.  Like the Navigators used to tell us:  Be F-A-T Christians…Faithful, Available and Teachable.  If I am not teachable I cannot be taught and will not grow closer to Christ Jesus my Lord.

 

What else should we know about you?

I am an amazed person. I am amazed that God has saved me. I am amazed that He has blessed me with a wonderful family  I am amazed at what He has done and continues to do in my life. I am amazed that He uses me….THAT TRULY IS AMAZING!  All the glory goes to Him!

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