Baptist Hill Associational Camp September 20-24, 2021

“The Longer I Serve Him, the Sweeter He Grows” Psalm 34:8

Dear Missouri Camper on Mission family,

Thanks to everyone for attending and making our Baptist Hill rally another successful week. We enjoyed good weather, fellowship, preaching, singing and work, and thanks to those who participated in special music and devotions. We appreciate Baptist Hill hosting us this week. Special shout out to First Baptist Church Cassville for the lunch on Tuesday and for sharing your missionaries, Len & Diane Stitt. Hope you had a chance to look at the work done on the new trailer—shelves and storage arranged with a purpose in mind. Stu Hulsebus and crew did an absolutely lovely job getting it prepared for effective storage and use. Thanks! We appreciate everything each and everyone of you do to make the rallies a success. The reports below show just how much our 3500+ hours have accomplished. We are thankful God allows us the health and ability to attend and bless the camps. All these things for His glory.

These dates are for your information:

MO spring rally---April 25-29, 2022 place will be announced when we receive an invitation

National COM rally, Tallahassee, FL June 7-9, 2022 Information will be out around 1/1/22. This will be the 50th Anniversary of the National. There may be some big things going on!

MO fall rally---September 19-23, 2022

Final attendance numbers came in at 47 rigs and 128 people registered, including 4 week-long visitors: Victor and LaDonna Heck, John Hines, and Steve Wheeler and 4 new members. We welcome Steve and Cathie Grayson, Bonnie Licklider and Brenda Brannaman to our COM family.

We recorded 3,634 hours from our timecards. Our offering was $7187.00 with $3768.50 staying at Baptist Hill and $3418.50 to our COM general fund. In addition, on Monday evening you graciously gave over $1500 to the Stitts who will be returning to Afghanistan in November.

John and Nancy Janes

Woodworking: We had a very good week fellowshipping and working in the wood shop. Ellis had around 450 cars finished and ready for wheels. That gave us a really big jump on finishing 1,054 cars and trucks. We raised $735 for Freedom House. There were six regular workers and four part-timers that would come and go. A good time was had by all. We have around 100 cars in various stages of completion that are stored in the new trailer until next spring. It has lots of shelves and is great. Nice job guys.

Roger Jeffries

Work projects: Thanks to everyone who came to lend a hand at Baptist Hill Assembly during our fall rally. Much was accomplished as usual which would have never been done if you had not been there.

The old deck was removed, siding replaced, a new deck was built and a porch installed on the front and back of motel unit #2. A 24X24 storage shed framed up and a metal roof put on. A roof frame put up and a metal roof installed over the amphitheater stage, electricity run from meter to breaker box, outlets and lights installed, posts for seating driven in ground. Other electrical wiring, outlets and lights installed in various buildings. Air conditioner units cleaned. Steps formed and concrete poured by two pavilions, sidewalk poured by pool. Painting done in basement of craft building, on back wall in worship center, main hall in Springhill dorm, steps to spring touched up, siding below and behind new deck, open pavilion scraped and painted. If I overlooked something forgive me.

Denny Ball

Sewing room: Our week at Baptist Hill was very productive. We distributed 90 quilts, 8 knitted or crocheted lap/baby blankets and 13 miscellaneous items (walker bags, pillow cases, etc.). The following is a list of recipients of these items:

1) For the Kids, Aurora. This organization supplies items to children going to foster homes.

2) Tri-County Pregnancy Care, Aurora

3) Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Springfield, provides twin beds and bedding to children who lack these items

4) Restoration House of Kansas City Area

5) Freeway Ministries, Springfield

6) Rachel’s House, Kansas City

7) Harbor House, Kimberling City, Women’s shelter

8) Welcome Home, Columbia, ministry to homeless veterans

9) Children’s Mercy Hospital neo-natal units

10) Village of Hope, Buffalo

11) Freedom House, Holcomb

12) The Baptist Home, Ozark

13) The Baptist Home, Arcadia Valley

Thank you to all the people who delivered bags of quilts and miscellaneous items to their various destinations. You are a blessing!!!

Linda Thomas

Crafts: The numbers of items made by the crafts folks were: 140 jump ropes, 92 rolled shirts and 26 treasure boxes—all for shoe boxes. Also 41 dog toys, 17 knitted baby hats, 5 hanging note pads, 25 pillows, 12 quilt blocks, 38 little fits, 26 pot holders, 4 tea towels, 10 dish cloths, 1 large bunny and 3 butterfly magnets. We enjoyed new members working with the craft group and are looking forward to the next rally.

Wilma Grant & Audine Boehm

Prayer board: Please continue to lift to the Father the requests that were on our prayer board at the rally: Daniel-in hospital with COVID; Denny Davis-heart surgeries, next one Oct. 20; Delbert Knerrlungs and COVID; Verla LaChance-pinched nerve in neck; Ken Kroenke-cancer treatments; Carol’s friend Barb-heart issues; Crawford’s grandson Randall and nephew Jared; Haddocksloss of Jerry’s mom; Steven Strauch-cancer; Janet Cassady-back surgery Oct. 15; Haddocks’ great-granddaughter, Madelyn; Harphams’ grand-daughter Nevaeh; Karen Hoth-breathing problems; David Parrish-back problems; Kelsos-Alan’s mom died; Wayne Amen-back; Hunters’ friend Kayce and sons Patrick and Bobby; Chris Landwehr (praise: lung issue is not a problem); Jim Wood-knee surgery Oct. 25; Jim McCoy-hip replacement Dec. 8.

Lynn West

Hospitality report: Being a part of the kitchen crew for COM is a very uplifting experience as returning crew members will tell you. The rest of the COM members (the eaters) help make it so. You are all so supportive! Hardly a day passes without at least one COM eater giving a kitchen team member a compliment. When we make special foods, like the cobblers served at the latest rally, we get multiple compliments. When we experiment with new recipes, someone always comes by to say, “That was the best (whatever) I have ever eaten.” Your support makes the long hours worthwhile and makes all the kitchen crew feel like we are contributing to the wonderful ministries of the total COM crews. Thank you. But the next time we would appreciate more homemade goodies like breads and cookies as well as the fruit and salty snacks. Have a great winter.

Cheryl Rohrbach & Pat Raines

Bible drive: The challenge was met and exceeded greatly. The request for 2500 Bibles resulted in a gathering of 9165. The new goal for September 2022 is 10,000. Start collecting! There will be a separate letter forthcoming concerning next year’s collection.

Charles Grubb

Grease monkeys: Here are the line items of things we worked on for campers at Mt. Vernon: fixed hose on truck, fixed wiring enough to get slide out after blown tire; got A/C and fridge working; fixed awning track on camper; adjusted brakes on camper; changed trailer tire; made brackets for trailer hitch; replaced roof vent; got slide back in; replaced trailer light; fixed heater and A/C in truck and put a starter in a 4 wheeler.

Larry Morgan and David Raines