by Norma Gunter
The American Baptist Women’s Ministry Focus Resource circle program for July is See…Healthy Families. The scripture is Hosea 11:1-4; Ephesians 6:4. “God as a parent teaches, holds, and treats us with loving kindness. We need to follow God’s model in our families and intergenerational relationships. For many people the image of God as Father is disturbing. Some people were abused or neglected or deserted by their fathers or mothers. Some fathers or mothers were absent from their lives. In homes where two working parents, extra efforts need to be made to be there for the children. For some people, the image of the grandparent is the one that evokes the loving-kindness described in Hosea.”
One way our church can encourage healthy families is by promoting programs of the West Virginia Baptist Convention like the Family Camp at Camp Cowen. This Camp is July 29 to August 1, 2016. More information, the cost and a registration form for the camp can be found at campcowen.org.
A healthy family mission experience can be had at Camp Global, a family mission camp, held at Camp Cowen September 2 to September 4, 2016. Several years ago my family; daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter two sisters and me, spent the weekend at Camp Global. We got to spend time with our missionaries, Bible study, vesper services, music, crafts, etc. To see a schedule of events for Camp Global you can also go to campcowen.org. All families need a camping experience and Camp Cowen is the perfect place to get that experience. Sign up today.