Avon Park Camp Association
1001 W Lake Isis, Avon Park FL 33825
Higher Ground
Quarterly eNews

Vol. VIII, No. 2

JULY 2016

From Our President

Greetings in Jesus' name,

I trust you are enjoying these wonderful summer days. These have been very busy days for Ella Mae and me. I have been presiding over denominational camp meetings, Conferences, events and numerous meetings. The month of July will be just as full. We are looking forward to August and some vacation time God willing.

I am very pleased that our plans to renovate the evangelists' quarters are coming together very well under the direction of Dale Dorothy. The actual work will take place this Fall. If you can help us with a financial gift it would be very helpful.

I am also pleased that the baby grand piano is in the Tabernacle and paid for by your gifts. Thank you very much.

I urge you to begin now bathing the 2017 camp meeting with your prayers. With the Lord's presence and blessing it will be a powerful event.

Yours in Christ,
-- Tom Hermiz

From our Director of Operations

I am excited about the remodel project scheduled for the rooms in the Shiltz building. It will be so wonderful to have comfortable updated rooms for our camp evangelists who come to minister to us.

We already have 20 people signed up for the two work teams scheduled to come in October and November. The teams are almost full so if you know someone who would still like to sign up, they need to let us know soon. They can contact me at 863-449-7974 or Tim Hawk at 765-661-8290. Meals and lodging will be provided. Those dates are October 23-29 for the first team and October 30-November 5 for the second team. There are some who plan to be there for both teams.

Thanks to each one of you who has already contributed toward this project. So far, we have received almost $7,000. I’m sure some of you have been thinking about sending in your contribution but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Let me encourage you to send your contribution to the Avon Park Camp office in the next few weeks. Just designate it for the Shiltz remodeling project. It would take only eighteen more people sending in $1,000 each or 36 more people sending in $500 each, for us to reach our goal of $25,000 for this project. It would be wonderful if every one of us would participate in helping us reach our goal. A gift of any size will be gratefully received. I believe we can do this. Would you pray with me that, the Lord helping us, we will meet this goal prior to our first work team coming on campus?

Thanks, and God bless you!

-- Dale E. Dorothy, Director of Operations

Prayer Opportunities

Please pray for Jean Alexander, Grace Anderson, Art and Donna Bridger, Jim and Suzy Bryce, Burnis Bushong, Flossie Coller, Dave and Beverly Cowles, Alton Crosby, Dale and Glenna Dorothy, Dean and Carol Ellicott, Ray and Ann Fisher, Joanne Gamber, Dean and Marlene Gilkerson, Walter and JoAnn Gregory, Walter and Genny Hackett, Tom and Ella Mae Hermiz, Doris Hopper, Bob and Imogene James, George and Ruth Jenkins, George and Virginia Maddrell, Reba Peters, Bob and Arlene Sanger, Glenna Shook, Rick and Pam Webb. Please also pray for the families of Jim Allison, Mary Cheuvront, Gene Gauding and Tanner Morrow in their loss.

Please pray for our camp leadership team, and each member of our camp.

Please pray for our nation's leaders, that God will give us leaders who will put Him, God, first and seek to do what is Biblically good. Let us also pray for revival in our nation.



DAVID AND DEBBIE HAWK, missionaries with WGM, will be returning to Honduras in July. They thank all those at Avon Park Camp who made this possible. "Our time there as truly an amazing experience and an encouragement. May God richly bless you as you continue to be a blessing to others."

BILL AND BETH RYAN, missionaries with WGM: While we waited for the water filters to arrive in Puerto Lempira, we planned how we would distribute them. Beth and I envisioned inviting people to a particular location where we would give a short gospel presentation and then explain how to use and care for the filters. But later, the Spirit impressed upon us that individual visits would be a more personal way to distribute the filters. While we were focusing on time and efficiency, the Spirit was focusing on the person. We have enjoyed the one on one times with people. We have distributed filters in Puerto Lempira, Kayo Sirpi, and Casa Sola.

Thank you for your passion and participation in advancing God's kingdom around the world. Sharing the life-changing gospel is at the heart of everything we do. Whether it is through teaching English, distributing water filters or experiencing life's joys and sorrows with our neighbors, pointing people to Jesus is why we are here.


AVON PARK DAY in Eldorado, Illinois, is set for Tuesday, August 2. We will meet for Bible Study at 9:30 am and Worship at 10:45 am, followed by Lunch at 12:15 pm.

For more information or to let us know you are coming, please contact Marilyn Blackburn at dodb @ aol . com or call 856-905-1522 or 636-294-2412.

The annual Snowbird Reunion has been revived and is set for Saturday, August 20 at 2:00 pm. We will meet at Der Dutchman restaurant, 720 State Rt 97 West, Bellville Ohio for a buffet dinner. The cost is $16.99 per person.

For more information or to let us know you are coming, please contact Lori Gailey at lorilou712 @ yahoo . com or phone 419-564-2037


TAYLOR COUNTY CAMP - Butler GA - July 7-15
Evangelists: Dr. Mark Smith, Dr. David Case and Dr. Benny Tate; Music: Scott McPherson

Evangelists: Rev. Hule Goddard, Captain Andy Miller III and Dr. Timothy Tennent; Bible Teacher: Dr. Alan Coppedge; Music: Rev. Phillip Looney

HOLLOW ROCK CAMP - Toronto OH - July 21-30
Evangelists: Dr. William Ury, Dr. Tom Hermiz, Dr. David Case; Bible Teacher: Rev. Brad Martin; Music: Dr. Gary Bond

BROWN CITY CAMP - Brown City MI - July 28-August 7
Evangelists: Courtney Richards and Jeremiah Bolich; Music: Rob Mills

BEULAH HOLINESS CAMP - Eldorado IL - July 29-August 5
Evangelists: Hubert Harriman and Roy Lauter; Bible Teacher: Jim Harriman

SIMPSON PARK CAMP - Romeo MI - July 29-August 7
Evangelists: Dr. Joy Moore and Dr. Jim Lo


The 78th annual Avon Park Holiness Camp Meeting is Thursday, February 2, through Sunday, February 12, 2017. Scheduled Evangelists are Dr. Doug Carter and Rev. Ray Lasalle, with Bible Teacher Dr. David Case and Rev. Mark Murphy, song evangelist.

Ray Bachman returns as winter Bible Study leader for 2016-17. Classes will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays beginning January 10 and concluding March 28. There will not be classes on January 31 or February 7 due to Camp Meeting. Ray will be teaching from his book, Christians, Jews and the End Times. Ray has previously taught for several years and we welcome him back enthusiastically.

WOMEN'S AUXILIARY: Upcoming Events

A Ladies Welcome Friendship Luncheon - Thursday, January 26th, at noon in the dining hall. This luncheon will be catered. Ann Fisher, vice-president, asks each lady attending to bring a tea cup.

An Open Sale (arts, crafts, collectibles, miscellaneous items) - Friday and Saturday, February 24, 25 from 9 am - 3 pm in the dining hall. A portion of each sale will benefit the Auxiliary.

A "Chat with...." - Thursday, March 17th, at 2 pm in the Luce Lounge.

Note: The 2016 Pictorial Camp Directory is now available - $10.00


Norm and Virginia Hansen welcome a new great grandson, born on the same day their son Jeff was killed in a plane crash last year.

Braydon Michael Walker born June 14th. God is good even in a tragedy.

The Strange Preacher's Kid

1 John 5:1-5 5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Victory comes through Jesus. Believing in who he truly is - the Son of God - brings life.

How do we know who Jesus is? 1 John 1:1-3 and 5:6-9 list testimonies to the truth of Jesus' identity: there were eyewitnesses to his ministry, his power, his words, his death, his resurrection, his ascension. He is known by those who have seen and touched him and wrote of their experiences with him. In addition, the water, blood and spirit testify to who he is.

When we read the Old Testament accounts as they looked forward to the revelation of Christ, the New Testament accounts that reveal that Jesus is the Christ, when we fellowship with the Father in prayer, when we allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, in all these ways he testifies to us who Jesus is. Those who refuse to believe these testimonies will die.

How do we know if we believe in Jesus? We are known by our community of love, and by doing what he commands. For those who believe, it is not burdensome to be obedient, it is a joy to serve our LORD. When he calls us, directs us, it is a joy to serve others in a way that we never would have or could have without him. Loving others is an action that defines who WE are.

-- PAB


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