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Hello! My Name Is....Ross Bay

Posted by Dan Bolin on July 05, 2015 @ 11:46

CC - New Zealand

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Matamata (Hobbiton), New Zealand and still live in the same wider community that I was born in.

 

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

My parents were dairy farmers, and we were involved in camps during family holidays and Easter events. My father was one of the founders of our local Christian camp (Totara Springs Christian Centre), and so I have been involved there since I was eight years old. It was through one of these Easter camps that I was convicted of sin, and it led me to surrender my life to Christ.

 

Tell us about your family, Ross.

My wife Gaylene was a leader and musician at the holiday programs at Totara Springs, and I helped run their adventure programs during the summer holidays so our marriage brought together two individual lives of ministry at the same camp. We have two sons, Jamie and Jonathan, and a daughter, Melissa. In 1984 we took our three young children to Papua, New Guinea for two years where we worked on a mission station before returning home to work full time at Totara Springs. We directed camp until 2002 and then helped run another camp for two more years. Our international exposure through Christian camping has led our three children to work in Christian camps overseas, and they continue to be in ministry today.

 

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

I first became involved in CCNZ around 1990, and in CCI at the ’95 Forum held in NZ. I served on the CCI Executive committee from 1997 until 2008, and have been a CCI regional rep from 2004 until present, plus now on the CCI Board.

 

What do you do on your day off? Tell us about any of your hobbies or personal interests.

I am deeply involved in our local community, particularly working with at-risk youth. This gives much satisfaction guiding young lives and helping them grown into active citizens. While this isn’t always Christian ministry, it certainly opens plenty of opportunities to show Jesus’ love to our community. Time off is rare but I enjoy sports (watching or playing) and making things with my hands. My workshop is full of projects waiting for when I retire

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book? 

I suppose that would be my Macbook!

 

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

I enjoy most music but have a soft spot for Country Gospel. Being involved in a Christian music festival for 22 years has given me many favorite artists, but I particularly enjoy Tobymac and New World Son.

 

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

Romans 8:38 tells me that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. This gives me real peace as I try to live in a world rocked by sin and suffering from the results of sinful lives. Christ loves me no matter what is happening to me or around me

 

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

“You can’t out-give God”

 

Hello! My Name Is...Christine Murison

Posted by Dan Bolin on June 29, 2015 @ 15:24

 CCI - UK

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

 

Glasgow, Scotland, to both questions, but I have lived elsewhere, including three           years' teaching in Shetland, the island group many miles to the north of the Scottish mainland. More recently, I lived at Lendrick Muir, one of the SUScotland camps, where I was Centre Director for 9 years

 

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

 

I became a Christian at an SU Scotland camp at the age of 12, and continued attending camp through school years, learning to pray out loud for the first time, enjoying Bible study and having the opportunity to give testimony to how God was leading me. I trace most of the significant times of spiritual growth and development to camping with Scripture Union, and was hugely privileged to serve on the staff team, making SU Holidays possible for other children, young people and adults

 

Tell us about your family.

My dad is a very important part of my life, and lives about 30 miles away. He is nearly 86, doing really well, but needing a bit more support now. The other significant people are my sister and brother-in-law and their two daughters, one living in Brisbane with her husband and 8 month old baby girl, and the other in Edinburgh, and looking forward to the arrival of she and her husband's first child in September.

 

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

Many years as a volunteer with SU Scotland, then over 30 years on SU Scotland staff, heading up camping ministries, part of which included direct oversight of one of the year-round camping and conference centres. I've been involved with CCI-UK for many years, and served as a Board member since 2008. I had a stint of chairing the CCI-UK Council too.

 

What do you do on your day off?

Hillwalking, cycling, camping, walking - anything outdoors really.

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

Good question. Of the classics, Middlemarch by George Eliot. Anything by Bill Bryson or Alexander McCall Smith. I find Eugene Peterson and John Ortberg thought-provoking and inspirational.

 

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

Currently really enjoying the music of a worship group called Rend Collective. I was introduced to their songs at the CCI-UK conference a couple of years ago.

 

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

I don't know that I really have a favourite verse as such, but I have been reflecting recently as I have moved out of full-time work into retirement about the huge challenge of finishing well, not just in work settings, but in terms of the whole of life. Philippians 3:12 is a pretty strong commitment around this area! "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me."

 

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

Probably around the importance of affirming the positive, and seeking to move people on from there, rather than homing in on the negative or unsatisfactory.

 

What else should we know about you?

I am as excited about camping ministry now as I have always been, and thrilled at every story I hear of a young person who has committed their life to Christ, or had a significant encounter with Him in the context of a camp.

Hello! My Name is . . . Vic Brink

Posted by Dan Bolin on June 23, 2015 @ 15:20

CC-Southern Africa

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Bethlehem in the Free State Province of South Africa, on the banks of the Jordan River. Now living in Kleinmond, a small coastal town in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve – well known for its incredible variety of wild flowers – in the Western Cape Province.

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

My life was changed by the Lord on my very first Christian camp when I was a young teacher at the age of 22. Ever since, most of my spiritual development took place on camps. Many more camps than I can recall.

Vic, please tell us about your family.

I am blessed to have one wife (Thea who does translating and editing of mostly Christian books), four adult children (Magriet who does illustrations for mostly educational and Christian children’s books and married to Leo; Willie who is a lecturer in Applied Math’s at the University of Stellenbosch and married to Daniek; Nico who is an adventure tour guide and engaged to Brooke, an Australian; Wikus who is an electronic engineer, working as a data scientist), two Boxer dogs (Kibo and Katryn) and one cat (Vlermuis). No grandchildren yet. 

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

I have been teaching for eight years and was involved in the Christian associations at the schools taking the learners on numerous camps, outreaches and adventure activities. After that I joined the fulltime staff of the Uniting Students’ Christian Association (UCSA) where I worked in various rolls for 33 years. UCSA has 13 camp centers and places great emphasis on camping as a tool to evangelize, educate, expose and challenge young people to make solid life and faith decisions. In the process I became closely involved with CCSA (chairperson for several years), helping to organize a number of CCSA conferences. That brought me in contact with ACC as well as CCI (2012 conference in Spain).  I was asked (and elected) to serve on the CCI Worldwide board for a four-year term, which started in January 2014. 

What do you do on your day off? Tell us about your hobbies or personal interests.

I have a passion for the wilderness – hiking, mountaineering, birding, doing desert treks, river rafting, kloofing (also knowns as cayoneering) – whenever the opportunity comes. At home I do DIY, gardening, local community stuff. 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

I am not a great reader of books, rather a reader of articles – mostly about education (the art of facilitating learning), the great outdoors, and about all the lovely places in God’s creation. When I was much younger Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline and Freedom of Simplicity helped me to find my way in many aspects of Christian life. 

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

I can enjoy different kinds of music, but my preference would be classics such the timeless piano concertos of Beethoven, the masterpieces of Tchaikovsky and others. I can be very nostalgic about the popular music from the 60’s. 

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.”Romans 12: 1 -2.

These were the verses on which the sermon was based when I was called into full time ministry. 

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

Never to think that I have all the answers – “now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror” (1 Cor 13:12). Always to first seek to understand then to be understood. 

What else should we know about you?

Oops, you really want to know?  OK, my “forgetter” is improving every day! I feel much privileged to be part of CCI and to learn so much in the process.  

Hello! My Name Is….Muhia Karianjahi

Posted by Dan Bolin on June 15, 2015 @ 15:42

 

CCI-East Africa

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Nairobi, Kenya, where I lived most of my life till August 2013. Since then I’ve lived in Three Lakes, Wisconsin.

 

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

Camp played a part in my coming to Christ, but not directly a Christian camp. I grew up in a Christian family, but unfortunately rebelled against my parents’ faith as a teenager. After college, and in my early 20s, I became an outdoor wilderness skills instructor for an irreligious adventure school. Spending extended periods of time camping in wilderness areas and mountains was how God caught my attention once again. I responded to the beauty and awe of the wilderness by worshiping the God of my parents, and receiving him as Lord and Savior. Though the actual moment happened later, in a bed at home, the journey certainly began with the voice of the Lord through His creation. There, too, I spent lots of time in prayer and meditation, and to date, my most intimate times with God are in the open—outside.

 

Tell us about your family, Muhia.

My wife Marcy and I have been married since 1996. We are blessed with two children, both teenage boys.

 

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

I currently teach and oversee a graduate program, the M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry, Outdoor and Adventure Leadership at HoneyRock: Outdoor Leadership Center of Wheaton College. I serve on the CCI Worldwide board and as an Excelsior Pioneer to West Africa

 

What do you do on your day off - what are your hobbies or personal interests?

I love biking, farming when I can, hiking, reading, and watching a good action movie

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables”

 

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

Afro-fusion, a Kenyan style.  In that, my favorite artist would be Eric Wainaina

 

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

“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” Luke 8:15

The parable of the sower and the seeds was how my Savior finally challenged me to receive him (after grabbing my heart in the outdoors). I knew I had received the words many times over, and wanted to be good soil that would hear it (my yearning for knowledge and inquiry), retain it (by reflecting and meditating), and persevering (in service with what God teaches me), produce a crop.

 

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

Whenever you say “yes” to something, you say “no” to something else.  (Dr. Omar Djoeandy, SIM Australia)

 

What else should we know about you?

Like a good village-bred boy who ran barefoot and stubbed his toe repeatedly as a kid, I lost my right big toenail and it won’t grow normally 50 years later.

Hello! My Name is.... Bruce Dunning

Posted by Dan Bolin on June 08, 2015 @ 20:55

CCI-Canada

 

 

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and currently live in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada

 

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

I became a Christian as a result of a children’s youth conference at our church when I was six years old. Camp played a very significant role in my spiritual development throughout my youth and adult years, and it still plays a significant role!

 

Tell us about your family, Bruce.

I’m married to Glenda for almost 33 years. We have three grown children, Candice, Nathan and Justin. They are all married except for Nathan who is getting married in June, 2015. We have one grandchild – Lillian Rose and we love being grandparents.

 

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

I’ve been involved in CCI on a provincial, national and international level. Currently I’m the chair of the CCI Worldwide board.

 

What do you do on your day off? Tell us about your hobbies or personal interests.

I love to study the Word using Logos Bible software. I also love outdoor adventure pursuits including wilderness canoe trips, rock and ice climbing, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking and much more!

 

Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?

I have so many books that I love so to choose one is very difficult. If I could only choose one it might be Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster.

 

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

Christian worship music. Chris Tomlin is perhaps my favourite artist.

 

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

Psalm 27:8 – “My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.”  My deep desire is to seek God with all my strength.

 

Share with us the best advice you’ve been given.

Don’t be fooled to start believing that everyone thinks the same way you do.

 

What else should we know about you?

I want to continue to learn new things for as long as I live. I love life and want to live it to the full. (John 10:10)

 

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