BBC Christmas - December 2019

Four of my favourite words in the Bible are “do not be afraid.” It’s these four words that mark the turning point of human history. It all started with the coming of angels proclaiming the good news that we don’t need to be afraid. God was breaking into the world in the form of a baby from Nazareth. A Saviour has come. This is good news indeed. It’s the good news that there is hope. It’s the good news that there is a God who loves the world. It’s the good news that, because of this baby, we no longer need to be afraid.

My first time as a camper at Bethel Bible Camp was in 2011. I was going into grade 10 and my family had just moved from Vancouver. Shortly after unloading all 50 boxes of my Dad’s books, we drove to camp, and before I knew it I was put into a cabin with 10 other guys I have never met. Being the shy kid I was, this was terrifying. I was crippled by fear. I tried to blend in. I didn’t talk to anyone. I would even take an extra long time in the washroom because it was safe in there. Those first few days at camp were hard.

It wasn’t until one of the counsellors pointed at me directly and brought me in to start a game of touch football (using a plastic cup) that things changed. It was kind of a weird way to experience the love of Jesus, but it was so practical and I felt it so strongly. This is when I started to feel welcome. I started to feel belonging. I wasn’t afraid anymore. This counsellor loved me and said to me, through his actions, “Don't be afraid.” Here there is love. Here there is belonging. Here there is hope. And all of a sudden, Bethel Bible Camp wasn’t a foreign place where I felt afraid; instead, it began to feel like home.

This is when I realized that Bethel Bible Camp is a very special place. I started to see that camp was a place where kids authentically experience Christ’s love, and with that, their fear is taken away. I started to see that Bethel Bible Camp is a beautiful community that kids can enter into while leaving all their fears at the door. Bethel is a place where kids not only hear the good news, but they tangibly experience the good news!
This is the proclamation of our good God as he enters the world:

Jesus is here.

And where Jesus is; fear is but a whisper that gets drowned out by the singing of angels! They are proclaiming that GOD IS WITH US. He has not given up on this world.

May this good news sink deeply into our hearts this Christmas.

May Bethel Bible Camp continue to be a sacred place where we feel belonging, where we experience the love of Jesus, and where all fear is taken away. And may we celebrate this Christmas season with peace in our hearts because we know that in Jesus, we no longer need to be afraid.

— Josh Siewert, on behalf of the Bethel Bible Camp Committee

Summer 2020 Dates

WIWACS ~ May 29-31    
Soccer camp ~ June 5-7   
Ladies’ retreat ~ June 12-14 
Sr. High camp ~ Jn 28-July 4
Junior High camp ~ July 5-11 
CTP ~ July 12-17     
Day camp ~ July 14-16
Intermediate camp ~ July 19-24      
Childrens’ camp ~ July 26-30
Family camp ~ July 31-Aug 3

CAYA ~ Aug 4-7  
Girls’ camp ~ Aug 9-15

Filipino Family camp ~ tbd    
Back-to-school retreat ~ tbd

Board of Directors

- Lonnie Brown
- Gary Short
- Al Blackmere
- Scott Letts
- Tim Gurnett

Committee Chairman:
- Dave Short

- Joyce Buttery

Committee Members:
- Dave Short
- Lonnie Brown
- Gary Short
- Tim Gurnett
- Graham Letts
- Weston Snider
- Amy Dupuis
- Josh Siewert
- Jaclyn Gurnett
- Danielle Gurnett
- Sylvan Boraski
- Joyce Buttery

Our mailing address is:

Bethel Bible Camp

10227-97 St

Westlock, AB T7P 2H1

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