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Lake Lundgren Bible Camp & Fathers Day

Two weeks ago we traveled 4 hours northeast to Pembine, WI to spend a week as the Missionary speakers at Lake Lundgren Bible Camp. It was Lake Lundgren’s first Teen camp of the summer, and there were 120 campers 9th-12th grade registered for the week of camp.

Some of our good friends, Jim & Trisha Vanden Langdenberg told us we should visit a little diner, Mary’s Place, on our way up. Jim’s sister owns the restaurant and we were told the pie was fabulous! So, of course we had to stop, and shared a slice of blueberry-rhubarb pie ala mode…and it was amazing! Thanks Jim & Trisha we enjoyed our visit to Mary’s place!

Outside of Mary's Place

Outside of Mary's Place

Neither Pete nor myself had ever been to Lake Lundgren before, so we were not sure what to expect, but were incredibly excited to share our passion for taking the gospel to the unreached with these High School campers, camp counselors, and camp staff. When we arrived we were directed to our cabin and settled in, then we explored the camp so we would know our way around the next day.

Bright and early we woke up for breakfast and met most of the staff. We also met the Bible speaker, Bradley Caffee, and his family and did the last minute preparations for the week of lessons that we were planning on sharing. Throughout the week we shared for 30 minutes every morning during the morning chapel hour using a variety of messages, power point slides, skits, illustrations, and video clips. It was neat to see the campers’ response and talk to different staff and campers about what God’s Word says regarding taking the gospel to all nations. We had several hours of free time in the afternoons as well where we were able to participate in activities with the campers and spend time with our new friends Bradley & Tirzah Caffee, the Bible speaker and his wife, and Ben & Jessica Maxson, the camp nurse and her husband. We also had some late game nights with these guys, but all the laughs were well worth the lack of sleep! Here are a few pictures from our camp experience.

Pete speaking in the chapel...I apologize for the blurriness of the photo, Pete was moving around so much while he was speaking it was hard to get a decent picture

Pete speaking in the chapel...I apologize for the blurriness of the photo, Pete was moving around so much while he was speaking it was hard to get a decent picture

The campers listen as we share about missions

The campers listen as we share about missions

Spruce, our little cabin that we shared with the Caffees

Spruce, our little cabin that we shared with the Caffees

Pete was enthralled with how tall the trees were

Pete was enthralled with how tall the trees were

Another shot of the two of us

Another shot of the two of us

Our awesome new friends!  Left to Righ: The Maxsons- Ben, Gabby, Jessica, and Cooper, Us, The Caffees- Tirzah, Hunter, Sammy, and Bradley. It was so incredible to meet and spend time with you guys!

Our awesome new friends! Left to Righ: The Maxsons- Ben, Gabby, Jessica, and Cooper, Us, The Caffees- Tirzah, Hunter, Sammy, and Bradley. It was so incredible to meet and spend time with you guys!

Speaking at camp was a great experience and we hope to keep in touch with Lake Lundgren staff and possibly come back when we are on furlough in a few years!

Right after arriving home from camp we did laundry, unpacked, etc…and got ready to celebrate Father’s Day the next afternoon. Our Grandpa and Grandma were up visiting from Chicago and Jay & Lindsey (Liesl’s brother, and sis-in-law) had planned a nice BBQ in their backyard for all of us to celebrate the day together. Jay grilled burgers, Lindsey cooked delicious corn and got everything ready, we all brought a dish to share and enjoyed games and just spending time together in the beautiful summer weather. Thanks Lindsey and Jay for bringing the family together.

Dad all excited about his new baseball glove

Dad all excited about his new baseball glove

Paxton and his grandma Denise

Paxton and his grandma Denise

Great grandma Carol with Paxton

Great grandma Carol with Paxton

Our niece Madeline goes down the slide

Our niece Madeline goes down the slide

Jay and Pete attempt to set up the lawn golf game

Jay and Pete attempt to set up the lawn golf game

Lindsey and Jay our hosts for the afternoon

Lindsey and Jay our hosts for the afternoon

Our nephew Mason conquering the slide and promoting the best team in baseball at the same time!

Our nephew Mason conquering the slide and promoting the best team in baseball at the same time!

Madeline kept asking if I wanted another picture of her going down the slide...well at least I had a good selection of pictures to post

Madeline kept asking if I wanted another picture of her going down the slide...well at least I had a good selection of pictures to post

We are tired, but ready for another week! God is continually reminding us of His faithfulness and love towards us as He puts us in contact with new brothers and sisters in Christ and allows us the opportunities to build relationships.

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Family Time

As soon as we got caught up with unpacking, cleaning, and settling into our summer home here in Baraboo, WI we packed our bags again for a 6 day family get-away with the Hypkis to Sister Bay and the Door County area.

Door County is a beautiful area…personally, I think it carries the flavor of the east coast in the midwest. For those of you who don’t know, Door County is located at the top of the finger-like penninsula off the east side of Wisconsin. Green Bay is on one side of the pennisula and Lake Michigan is on the other. Because of the lakes the weather often tends to be cooler, which was definitely the case during our visit, but we made the most of every moment of sunshine.

Door County has many attractions, it’s delicious restaurants, unique stores and galleries for shopping, quaint villas and cottages, parks, beaches, and some nice places to sit and watch the sunset over the water.

Our days were full of activities of hiking and bike riding in Penninsula State Park, exploring new trails and beaches, shopping, looking at art and pottery, visiting coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, and cafes, playing games, eating, reading, and relaxing. It was a great time to let our minds and bodies rest from the business of our everyday routine. Lots of memories were made, as it will be our last family vacation with the Hypkis for some time, since we will be moving to Mexico very soon. Below are some pictures to capture some of the experience for you.

Arriving in Door County after we checked into our little quaint room at the lodge

Arriving in Door County after we checked into our little quaint room at the lodge

Sunset over the bay

Sunset over the bay

It was SO windy that night, as demonstrated by my hair in this picture

It was SO windy that night, as demonstrated by my hair in this picture

Another one with some landscape included

Another one with some landscape included

A rock ledge along a trail we were hiking on

A rock ledge along a trail we were hiking on

Us at a look out point at the top of a bluff...this would also have been a lovely sunset watching spot

Us at a look out point at the top of a bluff...this would also have been a lovely sunset watching spot

Alissa (Pete's sister) and the two of us...this picture might tip you off to the fact that Pete and I cannot possibly be normal

Alissa (Pete's sister) and the two of us...this picture might tip you off to the fact that Pete and I cannot possibly be normal

Drift wood teepee on the rock beach

Drift wood teepee on the rock beach

Family in the distance

Family in the distance

Another amazing picture of nature

Another amazing picture of nature

Picture of us in front of the lodge

Picture of us in front of the lodge

Hiking on the rocks at Newport Beach

Hiking on the rocks at Newport Beach

Liesl at Newport Beach

Liesl at Newport Beach

Those are just a few shots, we really had a wonderful time and want to thank our parents and in-laws, Mary and Paul for taking us along, it was fabulous!

Now, laundry is done, cleaning is done, and we pack up again tomorrow for a week up at Lake Lundgren Bible Camp! We are really excited to have the opportunity to talk about missions for a half hour each morning to a group of 9th-12th graders. In the afternoons will have the time to hang out with the campers, get to know them on a personal level, interact with the staff, and enjoy the camp…and it looks like we are going to have great weather too!

We would appreciate your prayers as we are trusting God to use us in whatever way He chooses to impact the lives for these campers! An update on camp when we return!!