Camp Lodestar Mission Trip Report

Hard work. Great fellowship. Beautiful setting. This year’s trip to Camp Lodestar was a rewarding time of living our faith. It was a blessing to be of service.

One of the United Methodist owned camps, Camp Lodestar is set in a wooded, remote area of the Sierra Foothills. It is a busy place each summer, bustling with youth camps, adult retreats and other gatherings. And, at 60 years old, it has aged. With this use and age comes the need for lots of upkeep and renewal.

Our July team of seventeen from the Asbury and Lynnewood churches took on several construction and maintenance tasks – building a new work area fence at the dining hall, replacing a small landing on one of the dorms, painting two bathhouses and staining the camp play structure.

The two construction jobs were moderate in size, but challenging to complete. Both required thoughtful design and working all day in the hot sun. We had a couple of very talented construction leaders.

The painting work was tedious, hot work on facilities that really needed some attention. The bathhouses look so much better and got immediate use from the campers coming in the day we left. We imagined the laughter that will fill the air at the refreshed play structure in the weeks and years to come.

While the work of these mission trips is rewarding, we all find the camaraderie of the days together the most meaningful part. Our reflection time each evening focused this year on the Kingdom of God. Pastor Chelsea challenged us to explore questions like “What is the Kingdom of God?” “When and where do we see or live the Kingdom?”

We laughed a lot. We shared stories of our lives. We talked of challenges. We talked about friends and family. We retold some of our favorite past mission experiences. The whispering pines of the camp echoed with the joy of “being in this place, at this time and for this purpose.”  Amen.

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