Monday, June 25, 2012

Homeschool Family Camp

I must say that when I was looking into changing school boards (for the 4th time) last year, it was because of this family camp that I choose Wisdom Homeschooling.  I was really wanting to bring our family together, instead of dividing. Which is what alot of school boards do. They have so many activities for this age, or that age, or just girls or boys or whatever. Our school board's activities are all family orientated.  So, needless to say we were really looking forward to this camp and it didn't disappoint.  We had our own 2 bedroom cabin, right across from the washrooms and kitchen and right on the lake.  It was located at Moose Lake Bible Camp in Alberta and it was beautiful.  We canoed, kayaked, peddle boated (is this a verb?), tried to catch minnows, swam, enjoyed nightly campfires, played mini golf and just enjoyed the beauty of it all.

This is Jacob on the kayak and Rebekah and Larry in the peddle boat
Jacob watching the minnows
Jacob trying to catch minnows
Ben and Jacob playing mini golf
Our cabin
The kitchen in our cabin
The view from our cabin
We were very blessed to have a survivor from the Japanese war against Indonesia in the 40's staying at the camp. She was so kind to share with us the last night around campfire. I'm afraid I don't know much about that war, but Rebekah and I will be looking into it.  Anyway, Indonesia was a dutch settlement back then, she said, and her father worked in the bank. When the Japanese came, they took her and her baby brother and mother to a concentration camp and took her father to build a famous bridge, that I can't remember the name of. Well, her mother had such strong faith in God, that it really got her and her 2 children through that awful time. They saw women getting kicked to death because they didn't show enough respect to the Japanese commandant. Every time something bad was happening, her mother told her, "Just pray". God was there with them. Even when her father died while in captivity with the Japanese, her mother never lost her faith and knew God was in control and was with them. She said the bible verses her father had left with them the day before the Japanese invaded were these;

"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!  Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."
Philippians 4:4-6

They took great solace in these verses and lived them out, even while living through a nightmare. She was so encouraging and I really am so happy that we could listen to this piece of history first hand from someone who was there before it is too late.
This weekend was definitely great and we are grateful to the Lord for his blessings.
God bless you.