On the road again on January 9! After a few weeks at home during the Christmas/New Year holidays, I headed to California and spent time at Mount Cross Lutheran Camp for a Board Development retreat as they prepare to begin their search for their next executive director. In spite of the torrential downpours and losing power for a while, we had an excellent retreat with the participation of some very dedicated Board members. It was also so good to have the participation of Andrea Scofield who was invited by the Board to join in on the retreat because of all the help she's been giving them as a neighboring camp (Lutherwood, OR) during this executive director transition time, especially collaborating with them on summer camp staff recruiting that will begin very soon.
From Mount Cross I headed east (way east) and arrived at Lutheran Camp Chrysalis (part of the Cross Trails Ministries organization) early Sunday evening. Talk about hospitality! - Executive Director Deanna Christensen and all the year-round staff took me to a great restaurant for dinner upon my arrival, so when I finally arrived at Chrysalis it was very dark - I slept very well in the guest room they gave me! That was after some enjoyable and relaxed conversation about life at Chrysalis (a very good life, I must add). And then, the next morning, what a treat to meet early with Adventure Director Fred Klinker for a hike all around this absolutely beautiful site that ended up on top of a ridge (in the middle of Texas!) with a magnificent view of the whole camp spread out in the valley below. It's no wonder that Cross Trails is busy and thriving summer, winter, spring and fall. This summer, alone, they are expecting over 2,400 campers in all of their programs at Chrysalis, Ebert Ranch, and off site in all their day camps (three to four day camps every week!). So to Kelly, Darcey (expecting her first child - due date July 7!), Deanna, Vestal, Jay, Jessica, Fred, Ron, and Courtney (most of whom are well known throughout LOM because of their participation in LOM activities) - thank you for hosting me for a memorable visit and thank you for your ministry at Cross Trails - a ministry that all of us involved with LOM can be proud of!!!