Nothing New Under the Sun

What has been is what will be, 

and what has been done is what will be done, 

and there is nothing new under the sun.” 

(Ecclesiastes 1:9, ESV) 

As we wind down our last week of work here at Youth Haven Desert Ranch, we seem to have accomplished much for the camp. We’ve fixed many electrical problems and helped the new facilities manager learn more about the camp’s electrical system. 

In addition to the electrical work Bruce has done, the SOWER team has repaired several small engines and tuned other larger engines. We’ve built a wood storage lean-to and constructed a work bench in the shop. Adobe walls along the roadways have been repaired and painted. We’ve busted up concrete and moved it to a scrap pile, beautifying the entrance to the camp. And along with some deep cleaning in cabins, we’ve also restored several large signs that now make the camp even more inviting.

From their website: “Youth Haven’s mission is to provide life-changing, Christ-centered experiences for disadvantaged children. Youth Haven is committed to meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of disadvantaged children. This includes boys and girls living in foster care, single-parent families, or low-income homes, as well as children who have experienced abuse, neglect, gang violence, or even a parent in prison.”

Yes, we seem to have accomplished much. But as the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote many years ago, “there is nothing new under the sun.” In reality, it may seem like we’ve accomplished a lot, but it is more about being responsive to the needs of others so that jointly we are helping to fulfill God’s purposes in this place at this time. 

To this end, we hope and pray that our contributions will help this camp create “life-changing, Christ-centered experiences” for all who enter their gates. 🤠 🤗

This week’s Blessings, Prayer Requests, and Schedule are here.

(Don’t forget to check out more of our pictures here.)

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