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  • Rev. Dave Hendrix

Isaiah 40:31 Takes Me Home

But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. 1968 was my first summer as a counselor at Caroline Furnace, and I returned in August to serve as chaplain for the last week of summer camp this year. Many people asked me about my reactions to the camp then and now.

The Hogan Village is now only a dim memory at Caroline Furnace. People with names such as Pete, Mary, Donna, and Kirk are no longer on the staff of the camp. There is no one who has even heard of the Billboard Song, much less actually sung it. The campers I remember from fifty years ago are no longer there. In a very real sense it is true that one cannot return home. However, when I arrived at the Farmhouse (the Staff House in my days) in the kitchen I found a note saying "Welcome home, Dave." And that note was also 100% correct. Everywhere I looked there were campers having a wonderful time in God's creation and sharing in a marvelous and very special Christian community. I saw counselors and other staff who were filled with enthusiasm, joy, and love. My brief visit at one of the most wonderful places on Earth filled me with joy, thanksgiving, and renewed strength, and I thank all those who continue the powerful and wonderful ministry known as Caroline Furnace.

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