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Dear Firs Family and Friends,

During JAM (Jesus and Me) time at Fircreek last week one of our staff (Stacy Smith) was the speaker each morning. Each day the camp worked together on learning the verse at Romans 8:28 that says “all things work together for good for those who love God…”On Friday, Stacy brought all of the ingredients for making a cake in front of the kids and had some volunteers come up to sample each of the individual items.  Needless to say, the participants didn’t have much good to say about how most things tasted (flour, salt, baking soda etc…). That afternoon, at camper Bible Study time, each cabin group was brought a plate of freshly baked cake – enough for each to have a piece. While enjoying the treat the campers asked why they were getting cake at Bible Study. The answer? God works all things together (the nice and the not so nice) for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

This creative object lesson which I believe really drove home a point to our campers also served to remind me of a few things. A week at The Firs, a summer at The Firs and even a year at The Firs is made up of a number of ingredients (so to speak). These items, which make up the whole, come to us via a variety of circumstances and in a variety of manners. Some are encouraging and some not so much. Some are confusing and some make a whole lot of sense. But, together, they make up a whole and with that whole God gives us a picture of what He is doing – and it is good. That doesn’t mean the flour all of a sudden tastes good but it does mean that it serves a very important purpose in the end. Our responsibility is to trust God in the process knowing that the chances are we will get to experience the cake in due time.

Serving Him together,

Tom Beaumont

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