The normally quiet and tranquil Maplewood summer campus takes on a whole new tenor when camp meeting rolls around. Actually, the changes can be felt several days before the meetings begin, as workers arrive in preparation for the big event. There’s a humming sound in the air: lawn mowers, weed whips, people and vehicles scurrying about, truck loads of deliveries for the ABC and the MWA cafeteria. Then on Friday tents, RVs and other vehicles rumble up the road and set up camp in the woods; hopefully not too close to standing water. You can feel the anticipation in the air.
Things really come to life when the meetings begin–especially the children’s meetings. Spiritual food by way of outstanding speakers, music and prayer times for people of all ages. Also, bountiful physical food at the great potluck after church services. Haystacks anyone?
Mostly camp meeting to us is about connections — connections with God, connections with family and friends who have come to worship, connections with current and former students who stop by to visit, connections with people who enjoy a glass of lemonade for ADRA, connections with people who gather after the evening meetings for watermelon, pop corn or cookies. Camp meeting truly is a great time to get together–a perfect time for connections.
Evie and Evan Swanson
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