On the night before the boys from NAOMI House arrived, one of the leaders had a river running through the center of his tent! Marvin just stepped to the side and let the river flow! The rains came a few more times, but the monsoons of rain were quickly followed by rainbows and rays of brilliant sunshine.
Our goal at Fish Camp is to make sure there’s enough men to match the number of boys. That means a one to one ratio of Father-figures to boys. We had more than enough - it was relationship building at its best!
Each year we add a new component to Father’s Fish Camp. This year we created the Fisherman of The Year Award. We give it to a deserving young guy who showed true Christ-like character from the year before. Jesus was the greatest Fisherman of all time! He just told guys where to throw their nets and they caught more fish than they could handle! Then He told them to become fishers of men! We gave the award to Shawnti - a very deserving young man who is also a very serving young man. He’s a great role model for the younger guys and always willing to help.
Monsoons of rain, monsoons of mentors and while the number of fish caught wouldn’t exactly be monsoon-like, the accompanying smiles were! Yes, monsoons of smiles! There were several of us old-heads at camp named Robert. One deserves special mention as he just retired as NAOMI’s “Mr. Do-Everything Father Figure.” He’s one of the greatest mentors we’ve ever witnessed in our over 20 year history. Thank you Robert for your humongous heart to love and serve these children.
We’d like to give a special thank you to Pastor Michael Kistner and Starfish Ministries from Buffalo, NY. Their kindness and generosity helped make this Fish Camp extra special. Everything was free for the boys. We wanted to make the boys feel special and valued - just the way their Father in heaven sees them. Thanks Starfish people, because of you we were able to go the extra mile and freely give what we freely received.
This was a beautiful collaboration of team players and ministries who demonstrated what it means to love God and your neighbor. Thank you to everyone near and far from Starfish Ministries, NAOMI House, Compassion Ministries & Church For The Nations Flagstaff and Youth With A Purpose Inc.
Next year, because of this year’s monsoon of smiles, we’re planning two Father’s Fish Camps. Keep your fishing poles ready, your line untangled, your hooks sharp, your sinkers sinking and your bobbers bobbin! Bring on the heart-smiles! 😍
Thanks for your time. Go do something nice for somebody. Jesus loves you and so do we.
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