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

Vol. IV, No. 3

October 2012

From Our President

Greetings to each of you from Avon Park on this warm fall day. We are having beautiful weather and the Lord waters our ground almost every afternoon. Isn’t He good to us?

A Scripture that has been so meaningful to me this summer is Psalm 5:3. “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” As I live with that verse, I am learning that God really does know my voice, and He really does want to hear my requests. Just like earthly parents want to know the desires of their children, our Heavenly Father wants the same for us. That makes me love Him more and obey Him more completely.

It’s an exciting time of the year! Luanne and I have redecorated the camp office, and I have moved my office there; the snowbirds are starting to come back; the weather is starting to feel like fall; and daily activities around here are picking up. Just today Ken & Millie Denton, Rose Hampton and Luanne mailed out the camp brochures along with my fall letter. You should be receiving those in the mail within a week.

I am designating the 2012/2013 camping year as “The Year of Prayer”. I believe prayer is the only hope for our nation with our coming election, and it is the only hope for our camp during these days of national spiritual darkness. Please make prayer your habit as you return to camp.

Luanne and I love you and look forward to your return. May you continue to look to God for wisdom, power and boldness.

In the sweet name of Jesus, -- El

Prayer Opportunities

Please pray for Verva Adam, Jean Alexander, Nathan Althoff, Anita Black, Gary and Viola Case, Beth Coppedge, Len and Joanne Gamber, Bob and Bonnie Hudson, Bob and Imogene James, Eldred and Luanne Kelley, Marion Lewton, John and Blanche Louthain, Fran Moore, Kathy Patterson, Jean Rollings, Hettie Shingledecker, and Glenna Shook.

Please pray for our leadership team as Camp Meeting preparations are being made.

Dave Cowles Shares:

Glenna Shook has made good recovery since her medical crisis, and has now moved to Ohio to live near her extended family. Glenna will be greatly missed at Avon Park Camp where she was pianist for weekly services and past camp meetings, and arranged for Missionary Day art work and special music.

Her new address is: Monterey Terrace Care Center, 3929 Hoover Rd, Grove City, OH 43123, Phone 614-883-8937

Hettie Shingledecker celebrated her 95th birthday on October 1. She will soon be relocating to Marion, IN to be close to her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Patsy.

Verva McDonald Adam's heart surgery is this week. She is having it done in Indiana, near her daughter, Linda Six, and will be staying with Linda during her rehab at St. Francis. We will miss her this winter at Avon Park Camp.

Other News:


Twenty-four Avon Park Camp members gathered at Beulah Holiness Camp in Eldorado, IL, on August 1. We shared in worship at the open-air Tabernacle and fellowship around the dining hall tables.

Thank you Dorothy Luckert for your leadership in this event.


The Ohio Snowbird Dinner, held on August 25th, drew fifty-two Avon Park Camp members. Gary Meek updated us on the camp improvements, and there was plenty of time to enjoy the dinner and fellowship.

A huge thank you to Georgene Bethel and Pauline Butler for their work in arranging the dinner.

Roy Dettwiler writes regular devotionals and forwards them by email to the office staff for encouragement and uplifting. He recently wrote a six part series on the Person of God.

With his permission, we have posted this excellent series on the website. To read it, go to AvonParkCamp.com and click on "His Person" or Click Here.

Patricia Althoff Bridewell has gathered her research into a book that is available from Amazon.com. If you are interested in how Christianity and Islam compare and contrast, you might be interested. You can also find it at book.patrish.com where you can use coupon code DBEEWEMK for $5.00 discount.

Upcoming special events at the Campground:

  • The Ditchfield Family Singers Christmas Concert
    Tuesday, December 11, 7 pm

  • Communion and Candlelight with Dr. Kelley
    Friday, December 14, 7 pm

  • Ladies Welcome Tea and Auxiliary Meeting
    Wednesday, January 23, 2 pm

  • Rob Mills and Family
    Friday, January 25, 7 pm

  • 74th Annual Camp Meeting
    January 31 - February 10
    (If you don't have a brochure yet, you can download it from the CAMP Meeting page.)

  • Sacred Concert with Larry Ford
    Friday, February 15, 7 pm

  • God's Bible School Choir
    Monday, February 25, 7 pm

Women's Auxiliary

Next year the Arts and Crafts sale will be held Friday, February 15, 2013, in the dining hall. If you have any questions concerning this event, contact Chairperson Betty Monzo.

We plan on publishing a new Auxiliary Cookbook this coming year, so please bring your favorite recipe and suggestions. If you will be willing to help on this project, please let Marilyn Brownrigg or Elaine Boring know.

The Women's Auxiliary invites you to


Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Two O'Clock PM
in the camp Dining Hall


"...Anyone who has seen me, has seen the Father..."(John 14:9)


The 74th annual Avon Park Holiness Camp Meeting is January 31 through February 10, 2013.

Scheduled Evangelists are David Leeder, Norm Wilson and Nelson Perdue. Stan Key, Bible Teacher, and Larry and Tamla Lechrone, musicians, round out the leadership team.

It is never too early to make your reservations for Camp Meeting!

For dorm rooms or apartment or trailer rentals, call Rosa at the office 863-453-6831.

Call Sonny and Dianne at 812-945-7828 for RV reservations. Our campsites are available year round!

(If you don't have a brochure yet, you can download it from the CAMP Meeting page.)

From Our Missionaries

Please pray for John-Mark Brabon who will be starting Tuesday a 3 1/2 week trip to the South Pacific, Singapore, and the Philippines for summit meetings with church, seminary, and evangelism team leadership in each place. Ask the Lord for traveling mercies (within the countries as well as flights), for wisdom as he meets with the national leadership, and guidance on how to proceed forward in the Lord's plans. Also ask the Lord for open hearts to receive more vision and training for church multiplication. -- John-Mark and Susan Brabon, OMS

Thank you for praying with us... Please continue in prayer for all of our Ugandan missionaries: the Mayos, the Hallahans, the Hopsons, Lisa Fish, the Muehleisens, the Stanfields, the Burkes, the Leisures, the Rodgers, the Coppedges, the Rambos, and the Burkhalters.

Please continue to pray for ministry opportunities that have opened up in South Sudan; for the pastoral training program; for the Community Health Empowerment ministry; for new missionaries; for the printing ministry; and for the resources to meet the needs within all of the ministry opportunities.

Please pray that we will have the attitude of Christ, and keep Him the center focus of our lives, marriages, families & ministries; and that we will be a light to Uganda and beyond. -- Jonathan & Lisa Mayo, WGM

Mark 7:25-30 NIV

But straightway a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having heard of him, came and fell down at his feet.

Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. And she besought him that he would cast forth the demon out of her daughter.

And he said unto her, "Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs."

But she answered and saith unto him, "Yea, Lord; even the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs."

And he said unto her, "For this saying go thy way; the demon is gone out of thy daughter." And she went away unto her house, and found the child laid upon the bed, and the demon gone out.

The Strange Preacher's Kid

Whose God is he? God told Abraham that he would bless his descendants, be their God and they would be his people. Doesn't that make him the God of the Jews? How can Christians claim to share the same God?

God belonged to the gentile woman who asked Jesus to heal her demon-possessed daughter. The words Jesus spoke acknowledged her faith, and the implication of the conversation is this: His kingdom comprises all believers by the gift of redemption through Jesus Christ, and no matter how great a gift from God seems to the receiver, God is so much greater: His power and love will never be exhausted.

Are you eager for the crumbs? His body was broken for us.

-- PAB

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