• King's Camp

Fall 2021

It’s Fall, Camp Family!

Summer has come and gone, and now most of you are in the full swing of fall - days filled with all the activities that autumn and school pursuits bring. Now is a good time though to remember the sweetness of summer and give thanks.

We had a truly blessed summer at King’s Camp. God built new relationships and strengthened old friendships and blessed us with the gift of Himself and His steadfast love. Our son, Austin Clark, and nephew, John Ellender, were our Co-Directors for the summer. It was a joy to see their varied talents mesh together to serve and support our staff and camp community. Along with Austin and John we had returning camp leaders, Jennifer Johnson, Terral Davis, and Isaac Cupples as Work Study Directors; Katelyn Keller as Staff Director; and Maddie Cannatella as Kitchen Director. It was beautiful to see how the Lord continues to raise up leaders, how He creates something bigger than ourselves and beyond what we can imagine as we listen to His calling that we are His children, His people created to enjoy Him and reign with Him forever, created to share His kingdom with a world that so desperately needs Him.

We had a host of new counselors, many who came to us from The Refuge, a college ministry of The Chapel, a church on the LSU campus. We have special ties to The Chapel and the Refuge as both our sons were discipled at this church, along with many of our King’s Camp former campers and staff: Vick Green, Erin Ellender Collins, Rachel Barr, Molly Devitt Clark, Kevin Aaen, and many, many more. We are thankful to see the intentional discipleship of college students and have witnessed the fruit of it.

We were also blessed to have a dear friend of mine and her husband, Stephanie and Cliff Canipe, who have ministered in South Africa for the last 20 years, join us on the grounds for the spring and summer. Their presence on the grounds over the weeks of camp was a gift and blessing to our camp community. We give thanks for the gift of friendship.

We are truly thankful for all the staff and volunteers this summer that followed God’s call to show up! I’ve come to learn lately that much of what God asks of us is to just show up - show up to meet Him in the morning, show up for our family and friends, show up for work, show up to the gift of His presence and His calling. I am aware that my offering is small, but I can rest in the knowledge that I am simply His creature created to enjoy His presence, and somehow He makes something of it for His glory…Thank you staff and volunteers for showing up!

We give thanks for your offering. The Lord sees you and smiles...Mac Brandon, Deworange Brown, Christian Fritz, Parker Giering, Noah Jeffers, Riley LeBlanc, Bailey Scott, Annette Demartinos, Caroline Glath, Taylor Hebert, Elise Juneau, Maggie Kennedy, Blair Petitjea