A statement of response to the COVID-19 crisis
How should we respond properly and practically to this crisis and others?
With the constantly changing nature of the current health emergency, we thought that it would be beneficial to communicate some basic thoughts behind our ongoing response to COVID-19. We are neither research scientists nor health professionals, but we are partners in ministry. As such, we want to reassure you of our commitment to the spiritual and physical well-being of our campers.
How do we respond to crises in general?
- We realize that we are human. Although we relish control, there are some things that are just beyond our abilities. We are confronted with the frailty and brevity of life, and we trust our eternal God.
- We remember that God is sovereign. The fact that He is in control does assuage our fears and causes us to view even disease in light of eternity. We can trust our powerful God.
- We rest in Jesus our Hope. The Son of God walked on an earth ravaged by a global pandemic with a 100% infection rate - sin - and His life, death, and resurrection provided us with the cure. We give thanks in all things and trust our loving God.
How are we responding to this crisis?
- We are taking appropriate precautions. Thankfully, much of the camp has not been in use since last fall, but we will still be working to ensure that all of our facilities are cleaned and disinfected sufficiently for any upcoming events.
- We are moving forward cautiously. At this time, we are not canceling any scheduled events at camp (including our Camp Clean-up Days) since they are all several weeks out. However, we will be sure to publish any adjustments as they arise.
- We are obeying government authorities. As a God-ordained institution, our government is certainly vested in the health and safety of its citizens, and we respect that authority. We are continuing to monitor updates given by CDC, Ohio Department of Health, and the Governor and will abide by any directives that apply to our program.
As the ultimate ramifications of this situation unfold, we will be sure to keep you updated with any adjustments, postponements, or cancellations to our schedule. Regardless, let's continue to love and serve one another by praying - for our government officials, for our health system, for those affected physically by this virus, and for those who are fearful. Let us pray for a measure of God's sustaining grace to grant us His peace to trust Him!
Isaiah 26:3-4 "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock."