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

Vol. IV, No. 2

July 2012

From Our President

Dear praying family,

We are in the middle of a great spiritual crisis in America. Some would say that “things have always been bad”, but present day America is critically ill, and Jesus could return at any time. This summer is a time when God’s people need to be in prayer as never before. I have been deeply challenged by a phrase out of a recent message by The Rev. Lee Crist, at his church in Holiday, Florida. Here is that quote: “If we Christians really believed in the imminent (soon return) of Jesus, it would embolden us to action.” That is my challenge to all of the camp family.

Having said the above, Luanne and I are really excited about the future of your great camp meeting. We see a renewed vision for spiritual greatness, and a desire to see holiness lived-out in every arena of life. I am renewed as your president, and have great vision of what God wants to accomplish in the days ahead. Please pray for us that we do not miss a single step with the Master.

On Sunday, July 1, we leave for Kenya, where we will lead a mission’s team of eleven people from our church. Seven of our travelers you may not know, but Dale and Sue Oyer, and Luanne and I need your prayer covering for the days ahead. We will be working at Tenwek Hospital and MOSOP orphanage. We ask for your prayer support.

The camp continues to be used. Gary, Rosa, Rhonda, and Deven hosted a large group using our facilities for their summer meetings. The meetings were a great blessing to all attending. Thanks, Gary for your leadership. Additionally, the camp facilities are in excellent shape. Most recently, our dock on Lake Isis had to be rebuilt. Steve, Rhonda, and Deven Senter rebuilt that structure. They did such a professional job that Bagwell Lumber, where we purchased supplies, sends prospective customers to look at our dock to see what can be done. Thanks Steve, Rhonda and Deven.

Luanne and I are already praying for you as you attend your summer camp meetings. We pray that God’s Spirit will have full “rights” to all attenders.

In Jesus’ sweet name,

-- El & Luanne

Prayer Opportunities

Please pray for Jean Alexander, Mary Allen, Paul and Anita Black, Gary and Viola Case, Len and Joanne Gamber, Eldred and Luanne Kelley, Marion Lewton, John and Blanche Louthain, Fran Moore, Kathy Patterson, Jean Rollings, Glenna Shook, Bernie and Lois Shropshire, and Constance Thieme.

Please pray for Eldred and Luanne Kelley and Dale and Sue Oyer in their Kenya mission trip.

Please pray for Randy Rupert and Dave Coller in their Haiti mission trip.

Dave Cowles Shares:

Jean Rollings is moving to Texas to live with her daughter, Bevan and son-in-law, Vern Howard. She has lived in Avon Park 30 years: 13 years at Avon Park Camp while Don was President, and 17 years at Oaks Village.

Marion Lewton has moved to 4714 C. Colonial Drive, Apt. 622, Marion, IN 46953, near Pauline Phillippe, also a former Oaks Village resident, to be near her family. Marion and her late husband, Gene, served with WGM in Kenya and at headquarters. Her phone number is (765) 573-4570.

Don and Dorothy Wood, former Oaks Village residents and camp members, are moving to Missouri to live with their son and daughter-in-law. They are retired CCCU missionaries serving in Zambia and Papua New Guinea.

Other News:

Check out some of the improvements at the campground:

Click Here

Ray Bachman, our Tuesday Bible study leader for the past three years and an author, had proposed an anthology of articles written by Avon Park Camp folks. This project is being put on hold for the time being due to lack of response. He thanks those few who responded.

Ray and Jeanne also have a new website where you can keep up with their ministry. Check it out at


-- Ray and Jean Bachman

The following special events have been scheduled 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

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

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

Women's Auxiliary

Thank you ladies, for all of your help during Camp Meeting and in the publishing of the new camp directories.

Thank you all for making this year's "Showcase of Talent" such a success. We received $321.00 from this project for missions. 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.

Several ladies asked about publishing a new Auxiliary Cookbook, so please bring your favorite recipe and suggestions. If you will be willing to help on this project, please let me or Elaine Boring know.

God be with you until we meet again,

-- Marilyn Brownrigg
Auxiliary President



Wednesday, August 1 (DATE CHANGE!)

700 Trolley Rd
Eldorado IL
Lunch Together in the Dining Hall
CONTACT: Dorothy Luckert


Tuesday, August 14th
G-4200 Miller Rd
Flint MI
CONTACT: Dave Randolph


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!

Mark 6:20, 25-27 Recovery Version

For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed yet heard him gladly…… And coming in immediately with haste to the king, she asked, saying, I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter. And the king was very grieved, yet because of the oaths and those reclining at table, he did not want to refuse her. And immediately the king sent a guard and ordered him to bring his head. And he went out and beheaded him in the prison.

The Strange Preacher's Kid

Herod heard John and recognized the truth in his words, but his wife (the one John said it was not right for Herod to have married) did not like John's condemnation of the situation and despised him for it.

Herod failed to fully accept the word of truth and did not commit to following it. When push came to shove, Herod gave in to his wife's demand to kill the messenger.

How many of us come short of full commitment to Christ and fail to stand for the truth in the face of trial?

-- PAB

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