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

Vol. II, No. 2

July 2010

From the President

Dear Camp Family,

Luanne and I greet you in the wonderful name of Jesus! We are having a wonderful summer of service, and enjoying being obedient to God's directions.

We first went to Kokomo, Indiana where I preached a revival at the First Church of the Nazarene, where David Leeder is Senior Pastor. God was very faithful, and people sought help each night at the church altars. I praise Him for His anointing each service.

From there, we went to Missouri, and had a delightful time with those APC people. It started in the Lake of the Ozarks with Warren and Delores Denton in their condo, and then they provided us three delightful nights in Branson. Thank you Warren and Delores!

From there we went to St Charles, where Bob and Carolyn Kingsbury hosted a picnic for 44 friends of APC. The time with Bob and Carolyn was also a real blessing. The following night was with Dr. and Mrs. Norm Wilson in Noblesville, Indiana, and then on to Michigan for time with family.

Please pray for us as we fly next to Butler, GA, where I will serve as one of the camp Evangelists along with Dr. Steven Manley. Then after family vacation, we drive to West Virginia to preach another camp meeting in Culodin. I am excited to be able to preach the Word wherever God opens doors. Pray for our strength.

Please continue being in prayer for Verna Watson suffering from cancer. She is in the hospital in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. Pray for strength for Bill. There are many others on the prayer list, so please refer to the ePrayer requests Patricia sends out periodically. She does such an excellent job in her many ministries.

Unless things have changed since I left, we only have one house for sale on the grounds. Dick and Colleen Hochstetler are returning to Ohio and want to sell in Avon Park. Our hearts are very heavy to see them leave, but wish God's best for their future.

Finally, pray for Gary and Rosa as well as Dave and Delores. They are hosting a camp meeting group at the camp this very week, and have at least one more such rental coming in the future. They do a great job.

We love each of you, and pray for you every time God brings your face to our minds.

-- El and Luanne Kelley

Prayer Opportunities

Please pray for Verva Adam, Tom and Elaine Boring and their son Tom, Gary & Viola Case, Joanne Gamber, Eldred & Luanne Kelley, Elizabeth Korzinski, Jane Kunze, Ebby and Hank Rhodes, and Verna Watson.

Sharing Corner

Dear Avon Park Camp Family,

Our son Tom, is progressing nicely since his motorcycle accident. We are just praising the Lord his injuries weren't more serious.

Husband, Tom, is recovering nicely from his shoulder surgery which turned out to be a little more extensive than thought. Seems a large spur tore the rotator cuff so his recovery time will be longer.

Thanks so much for keeping them in prayer.

God bless you and yours,

-- Tom and Elaine Boring

John Wesley College in High Point, NC, has recently been accredited to offer bachelor and master's degrees in business. (Yes! that's an MBA!)

Emphasizing that this Methodist college is not just a training school for preachers and missionaries, but also a school for Christian leaders, Dr. Larry McCollough states, "We need to help our students understand that the Great Commission given by Jesus Christ demands that we represent our Lord not only in foreign villages, but also in the corporate board room, the inner city and everywhere in between."

-- Information provided by
Professor Harold Brown

John 4:13-14

Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

The Strange Preacher's Kid

The Question: "Who wants to live forever if life is going to be so bad?"

The Answer: Christ's promise is more than forever. There is no human word to describe the life He offers. It is life without bounds. One might say, "It is as broad as it is long."

For me, the more I drink of His water, the more expansive is my joy, my love, my desire to know Him.

That kind of life I can live forever!

-- PAB

Area Reunions


Tuesday, July 27
Beulah Holiness Camp Meeting
Avon Park Day
Eldorado IL

Contact Dorothy Luckert, dj.luckert@att.net, 618-931-3099, for more info.


Saturday, August 14

Contact Bobbi Balderson, 304-481-0551, bobbibalderson@yahoo.com, for more info.


Wednesday, August 25
Country Buffet
Flint MI

Contact Joanne Gamber, 517-896-0100, travlsheph@juno.com, for more info.


Saturday, August 28
Troyer's Dutch Heritage
Bellville OH
Gather at 11, Lunch at Noon

Letters are being sent. For more information, contact Georgene or Pauline:

Georgene Bethel
Erin Bluff Villa 101
5239 Lake Road West
Ashtabula OH 44004
Pauline Butler
1715 Devonshire Ln
Mansfield OH 44907



Please remember that the Kelleys' home phone number is discontinued. You may contact them by cell phone. Please make note of these numbers:

    863-449-0971 Luanne's cell
    863-452-9261 El's cell


The camp office is closed for the summer. Please contact Phyllis at pwsirk@yahoo.com or (304) 530-7866 for information on apartments and dorms for camp.


For year-round camping opportunites or to reserve for Camp Meeting, contact

Sonny and Dianne Wilson


September 30-October 2
Come to the Fire
Ft Wayne IN

Women who are close to the Ft Wayne area won't want to miss this opportunity for spiritual growth and prayer!

See the website for more information.


The 72nd annual Avon Park Holiness Camp Meeting will be February 3rd through February 13, 2010.

Scheduled Evangelists are Rev. Jack French, Rev. Nelson Perdue, and Rev. Dave Engbrecht. Dr. Ron Smith, Bible Teacher, and Rev. Leroy Wion, musician, round out the leadership team.

(Click for more info)


Saturday, February 5th
Youth Night
6:00 pm Followed by Attendance at 7:30 pm Service

For more information, contact David Cowles, davidlcowles@gmail.com, 863-201-9227.

EXHIBITION: Friday, February 18, 2011

An Exhibit of
Joanne Gamber’s Paintings
In Luce Lounge
~ AND ~
A Showcase of Talent
In the Dining Hall

Featuring the work of all the talented people of the Holiness Campground. This means you!!

This is an opportunity for you to bring your woodworking, paintings, quilting, knitting, etc. -- anything you are proud of. (Surprise us!)

(This is an exhibition, no sales.)

Send your announcements, articles, pictures, prayer requests or news to
"editor@AvonParkCamp.org" for the next (OCTOBER) issue!

If you enjoy online community, you may want to check out the Avon Park Camp FaceBook Page.

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