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A Higher Ground - Quarterly eNews

Vol. I, No. 2                 July 2009

From the President

Dear Camp Family,

Summer is here in Florida! The weather is great, and we have had some rain which makes the grass very green. God has a way of using dry earth, to make a living picture.

Luanne and I have started our summer ministry schedule. Please pray for us as we speak, so we know God's perfect plan for each session. Our time in Phoenix was very rewarding, and we are home safely.

We would also ask you to continue praying for our future. Although we have a possibility of a ministry, we know nothing for sure, and want to hear God's voice in all this. During these days of uncertainty for us, we have experienced His perfect peace in the middle of life-storms. Pray that we do not miss a single word from our Father.

Dave and Dolores, Gary and Rosa, and Dick and Colleen, continue doing wonderful work for the Kingdom. Every time I see any one of them, I see encouraging smiles as they go about their work. The camp looks first class, and Luanne and I praise God for these people who make our work at APC possible.

Have a great summer in Jesus, and we hope we might be able to see some of you during our travels.

Grace and Peace,
-- El and Luanne

Prayer Opportunities

Please pray for Arthur Adam who has been admitted to an Assisted Memory Care Unit.

    Arthur Adam
    Spring Hill Health Campus
    101 West 87th Avenue
    Merrillville, IN 46410

Please pray for Richard Adkins and family in the loss of his wife, Mary.

Please pray for Pauline Butler and family in the loss of her husband, John.

Please pray for David Cowles and his family in the loss of his aunt Grace Cowles Story.

Please pray for Linda Kichline and family in the loss of her father, Grant Pecht.

Please pray for Bob Manges, who is struggling with another broken hip.

Please pray for Clotine Morgan, who has been moved to a nursing home.

Please pray for Reba Peters, who was hospitalized after a car accident.

Please pray for Phyllis Sirk and her family in the sudden loss of her sister.

Please pray for Phyllis Sirk as she faces back surgery.

Others on the prayer list include Verva Adam, Jean Alexander, Mary Allen, D. Avery, Phbe Bartolomeo, Joe Bittner, Dr. Earle Bowen, Gary & Viola Case, Dave Coller, Dean Ellicott, Joanne Gamber, Bruce Gilham, Loren & Lena Hein, Eldred & Luanne Kelley, Marion Lewton, Carl Peters, Ebby & Hank Rhodes, the Rike family, Barbara Shiltz, and Mark & Doris Smith.

Sharing Corner

Dear Friends at Avon Park Camp,

We are so thankful for your friendship. Your words of comfort, hugs, and special thoughts and prayers, helped get us through the shock of losing our wonderful little grandson.

Thank you to all who watched out for our granddaughter Natalie, great granddaughter Ava, and Jim's sister Susie Hill who stayed in the Shiltz building while we were in Indiana for the funeral. Please continue to pray for our son Bud Rike, and his family.

We will keep you all in our prayers. We hope you all have a blessed summer. Until we meet again God Bless you.

-- Jim & Barb Rike

Just a short note of Thanks to all for the cards and your presence at Dorothy Thomas Hutton memorial service. Dorothy touched many lives and the church was filled with friends. Your love and prayers are appreciated by her husband of fifty-eight years and her children Marjorie, Judy and Rick.

Thank all of you!
-- Richard Hutton

Pacer Ministries, Prison Chapel Services at the AVPCI, recently celebrated its third anniversary. The team includes more than 20 from Avon Park Camp, Oaks Village and three churches.

The newest members are Chaplain Mark and Doris Smith. David Cowles leads weekly Bible studies at the prison and is an occasional Volunteer Chaplain for a day.

Blessings and prayers,
-- David Cowles

Dave Randolph and Dawn Miller are researching the history of Avon Park Holiness Camp and hope to prepare a presentation for next year. If you have any information to share, please email Dawn at Batterbee @ aol.com.

-- Dawn Batterbee Miller

From the Mission Field

John-Mark and Susan Brabon

The International Ministries Department of OMS has asked John-Mark Brabon to take a new role in leadership by becoming an Associate International Regional Director (IRD) for Asia Pacific for 2009 and the IRD for Asia Pacific in 2010. The Brabons will move to Taichung, Taiwan in September of this year.

Happy Summer!

Thank you for your prayers during this first quarter of HMA here in the States. I know there were many days where your prayers carried me during all the traveling I did. I am getting ready to go on the road again.

Thank you for being partners in the work that God is doing in Argentina.

-- Ligia

Terry and Colleen Hawk

Please pray for Terry and Colleen Hawk as they return to the mission field. They plan to arrive in Honduras on July 3 or 4.

-- Terry and Colleen Hawk

The Searls Girls

We want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Avon Park Camp members for all of your prayers for us as we have transitioned back to Hungary and are getting re-settled.

We love you all,
-- Katy Beth and Dan Searls
Annie, Susannah, Sadie and Abby

From the Camp Treasurer

Greetings from Indiana!

Thank you for your faithful support of the camp through Continuing Shares and other donations. So far this year we are able to keep ahead of our bills. You are truly a blessing!

In these economic times it is difficult to know how to invest your money. If you would like a secure investment and a great quarterly return, I would be happy to give you a proposal from our Gift Annuity Program.

Just before we left Florida, we approved the sale of the fifth house during this camp season! That is great! We still have two available. Contact Dave Coller at the office if you would like more information.

Around the Campground

Work is always available. Contact the office if you will be in the area and would like to help!

Three new park models are completed. They really make the corner of Morrison and Kingdom Way look wonderful!


Camp Meeting 2010

1. The 71st annual Avon Park Holiness Camp Meeting will be February 4th through February 14, 2010.

2. Scheduled Evangelists are Dr. Mike Kitsko, Rev. David Leeder, Dr. Norman Wilson and Dr. Jack French.

3. Phyllis will be sending out the housing reservations the first of October with returns due in the 25th of November. A deposit of $25.00 is requested for a dorm room when the reservations are made. Please send requests to pwsirk@yahoo.com or call Phyllis at (304) 530-7866.

4. RV Park managers Sonny and Dianne Wilson will be sending out reservation forms to the campers the first part of September. You need to return them by October 31 to be guaranteed your spot in the RV park.

ILLINOIS Area Reunion

Avon Park Camp members are invited to a reunion on Tuesday, July 28, at Beulah Holiness Camp Meeting in Eldorado, IL. We will be recognized and have a special time of sharing at lunch. Please contact Dorothy Luckert at 618-931-3099 or 574-370-5437 to let us know you plan to be there, or email us at


Additional information about the camp can be found on their website (Click Here) or from LaVon and Denise Bayler, Jack and Dorothy Luckert, or Roger and Marilyn Blackburn. You can find their contact information in the Camp Directory.


The annual Michigan Reunion is scheduled for August 26 at Old Country Buffet in Flint. The restaurant is located west of I-75 on Miller Rd. near Target and the Christian Bookstore. From the intersection with I-69 it is east on Miller Rd.

Lunch is at noon. For questions or to reserve, contact Joanne Gamber at 517-896-0100.

OHIO Reunion

The annual Ohio Reunion is scheduled for Saturday, August 22 at Troyer's Dutch Heritage in Belleville OH (the same restaurant). Pauline Butler will be sending out the RSVP cards again this year.

Come early to visit: eating starts at noon. For more information, contact Pauline at 419-756-9849.


The West Virginia annual picnic will be August 15, from noon until ?? at Fort Borman Park in Parkersburg WV. Everyone welcome--bring your favorite covered dish!

Contact Larry Balderson at 304-481-0551 for more information and to let us know you will be coming.

Women's Ministries Luncheon

Avon Park Church of the Nazarene Women's Ministries invites the ladies to attend our regularly scheduled luncheon on July 7, 2009 at 12 noon. We meet the first Tuesday of each month in the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall at Avon Park Church of the Nazarene, 707 West Main Street, Avon Park. Bring a sack lunch (drinks are provided).

In Christ's Love,

-- Kathy Perry, Director

John 11:17-43

33.    When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.

Lazarus was sick and dying, so Mary and Martha, believing in Jesus' healing power, sent for Him. Jesus delayed His visit and Lazarus died.

"You didn't come when we sent for you. You could have healed Lazarus if you came last week. Now he's dead!" --Martha had given up.

"What kind of guy can keep my brother from dying and doesn't show up?" --Mary put Jesus to the test and He proved who He was.

The Strange Preacher & His Kid
-- Nathan Althoff & Patty

Jesus is an equal opportunity Savior!     -- Hank McDonald

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus." -- Galatians 3:28 (NIV)

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