VanderSchel Family Update
The VanderSchels look back on a busy but blessed year of life and ministry.
As we reflect on 2019, we are so thankful for God’s gracious gifts to our family this past year.
• He provided safety. We travel long distances and many miles each week for school, church, and camp-related events. Although Kim was in a major accident that totaled our Jeep early in the year, she was basically unharmed. God allowed all the insurance hassle to be resolved in our favor, and we were able to purchase another vehicle. The girls drive to and from college in SC several times a year, and while we watch the clock and sigh with relief when we know their trip is over, we are thankful for God’s continued protection on them. 2019 also brought about another driver in the family as Carson turned 16 this summer. At this point, his greatest desire is to sleep as a passenger on our daily commutes to Columbus.
• He provided Christian education. We certainly don’t take for granted the incredible privilege our kids have to receive God-honoring, quality education. Ashlyn and Brenna are in their sophomore year at Bob Jones University, with Ashlyn studying Elementary Education and Brenna studying Biblical Counseling. Carson is halfway through his junior year at Northside Christian and is very involved in the athletic, music, and drama departments. Can’t believe we’ll be empty nesters soon!
• He provided service opportunities. Obviously our ministry at Peniel is a great focus for our family. However, God continues to give us various avenues of service that allow us to serve others outside of camp. This year in college, Ashlyn and Brenna are Assistant Group Leaders on a freshman hall of their dorm. They each have opportunity to build relationships, disciple, and help lead a group of 9-12 freshman young ladies. Carson participates in a wonderful mentoring program at NCS and has the privilege of leading Bible lessons and doing activities with 3rd graders. Kim’s health coaching and Izaac’s soccer and basketball reffing, as well as his state legislative duties, not only help provide extra income for our family, but also give more opportunities outside of camp to interact in our community and hopefully impact others for the gospel’s sake. One of the biggest blessings our family had at the end of 2019 was the incredible privilege to visit several missionary families in Germany and serve at Camp Impact for a week together. This is the first time we’ve taken a missions trip together as a family, and it’s a special memory we’ll hold dear.
• He provided new co-workers. We’re thankful for the years of faithful service that Nathan and Nikki Fry gave to this ministry, and our prayers go with them as they move back to PA to be with family. They will be greatly missed. The Ohio Bible Mission recently hired Josh McFarland to replace Nathan and take on the role of Facility Manager at Peniel. He and his wife, Melissa, and their 3 children joined our camp staff family and moved on site just before Christmas. We look forward to working alongside them and ask for your continued prayers for this time of transition for all of us.
As we look ahead to 2020, we know that our God is faithful. We can have confidence that He will continue to meet our needs and provide not only for our family but also for the ministry to which He has called us. We eagerly anticipate how that will look in the days and months ahead. Thank you for your continued prayers and support of Peniel Bible Camp.