The last few months have been filled with a lot of phone calls, planning and assessing where the campground needs the most work. Since we have so many buildings and so much equipment, it is sometimes hard to find a starting place. Over the last year, God has continued to bring partners in ministry to the camp and it is really exciting to host groups that come and invest their resources, time, energy and help.
In December, we hosted a small winter retreat that we hope will grow larger each year. Worship was led by Aaron Greenwood and some of our summer staff returned to lead breakout Bible study sessions and recreation. The focus of the retreat was on service so we were blessed to have the Student Ministries from Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro, Texas and Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield, Texas come and serve by helping with the start of the main tabernacle remodel. They, along with our maintenance worker, Benjie Russ, were able to take down the ceiling panels and insulation. This allowed us to get a closer look at the metal roof and supports and opened our eyes to some major repair needs that we were not able to see with the drop ceiling in place.
In February, the Louisiana Tech Association of Baptist Students (ABS) came and spent several days working at the camp. During their three days, they were able to accomplish many things. They demolished three of the open-air tabernacles along with framing and pouring the concrete footings for the new tabernacles that will replace the ones torn down. They replaced wood on the outside of the cafeteria and covered area by the snack bar and power washed areas in preparation of painting and resealing countless windows all over the campground. The students were also very helpful with the continued work on the main tabernacle. They removed the metal ceiling grid that was still hanging from the drop ceiling and helped prepare the metal roof and beams for the spray-in foam insulation that will be finished later this spring.
We were also thankful to have Rick Cheeks, Howard Mount, Bob Hart and Art Leyva from the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Scurry, Texas here during the same time as the Louisiana Tech ABS Team. This group of men is part of the Missions Committee that has been working with the camp since September 2015 in preparation of their church’s mission trip. Mt Olive will be bringing a larger group in March for a week. These men have been vital in preparing for groups like the ABS team and others who want to plan trips to help at the camp. They have already reached out to many churches asking for help with manpower and also finances to accomplish much-needed repairs and replacement of things that were just worn out. Because of their help in bringing awareness and helping with contacting other churches, we have teams coming both the weeks of March 7 and March 14, 2016.
Daniel Springs is a valuable place for the BMA. To ensure future generations the opportunity to experience the greatness of Daniel Springs, more work needs to be done. Call us at 1-903-685-2433 or e-mail email@example.com to schedule a time for your church to come help us get ready for Summer 2016.