Pastors’ Conference at Peniel

Sixteen pastors congregated at Peniel July 30th for their 3-day retreat. This conference, previously held in late June, was moved to the end of the summer camping season. Rather than enduring the hot June weather, the men enjoyed some unseasonably cool weather with occasional rain. While there weren’t as many outdoor activities, the men thoroughly enjoyed their time spent with others in the ministry.

Dr. Larry Oats from Maranatha Baptist University was the featured speaker. During the morning sessions, he taught through his book, The Church of the Fundamentalist: An Examination of Ecclesiastical Separation in the Twentieth Century. 

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Teen 2 Camp 2018

Our 4th week of youth camp, July 23-28, was for teens who have already completed the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. This year 23 of our 68 campers had already graduated from high school and will soon be heading off to college.

Our speaker dealt with many topics that face our teens today and the campers listened to the Word and allowed the Holy Spirit to work in their lives. Pray for those who made decisions – that they will follow through as they are back at home and soon back at school.

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Young Teens at Peniel

We had a wonderful week of camp last week with our 71 young teens who have completed grades 7, 8, and 9. Our speaker challenged the teens in many areas and a number of good decisions were made. Pray for these campers as they seek to follow through on godly decisions made at camp.

We are thankful for a safe camping season with only minor bumps and scratches and itchy mosquito bites. Continue to pray for safety for the campers at Peniel throughout the rest of the summer.

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Second week of Junior Camp

A second week of Junior Camp for young people who have completed grades 3-6 was held on July 9-14. There were 59 campers who enjoyed a week of fun games, great food, meeting new friends, and time spent learning more about God. Evangelist Gary Bill was the speaker and the campers enjoyed his chalk talks. We are thankful for a number of good spiritual decisions made during the week, including several salvation decisions.


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First 2 Camps of 2018 Summer Camping Season

We are getting ready for our 3rd week of the summer camping program here at Peniel. There’s a lot of action around camp at this time of the year and the days seems to fly by.

We began the season on June 25th with a week of Junior Camp. We enjoyed the 56 third through 6th grade campers the Lord sent to us. The campers ate well, played hard, listened intently, and enjoyed their week of camp. Praise the Lord with us for several who made a profession of salvation during the week and for others who made significant spiritual decisions. Pray for these young lives as they continue on in the things they learned from God’s Word at camp this summer.

Last week (July 2-7) 100 campers of all ages enjoyed a week of camp as families. Three meals a day, 2 chapel services with children’s classes in the morning, and plenty of optional activities provides a schedule that allows families to be as active as they wish to be during their vacation at Peniel. Some chose to spend the week relaxing while others tried to get in as many activities as possible.

Continue to pray for us as we minister to 60 junior campers this week.

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One-Day Staff Training Camp

Twelve new and returning staff members took time from their busy schedules to spend a Saturday at camp. Cooks, Counselors, and Custodians learned more about our camp and how things are run. They learned the ins-and-outs of  camp to help prepare them for ministry at camp this summer. Everyone enjoyed Hannah’s steak dinner that completed the day of training.

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Memorial Day Celebration 2018

On May 28, 2018 about 200 people congregated at Peniel Bible Camp for the annual Memorial Day Celebration. Pastor Gordon Dickson was the speaker for the morning chapel with special music provided by an ensemble from Morrow Bible Church and a brass trio from Greencastle Bible Church.

The goal for this year’s offering is $10,000 to completely replace the swimming dock. A total of $5,800 has been received to date. The dock replacement is scheduled to happen in the fall.

After hamburgers, hot dogs, and assorted side dishes and desserts in Ashbrook Hall, folks moved outdoors to enjoy the very warm weather after a long, cold winter. Folks were seen fishing, boating, swimming, riding the tractor train, playing Foot Golf, enjoying the new “swing set”, running or walking a 5K race around the campgrounds, tasting new treats in the Snack Shop, shooting guns, sitting in the shade, and shopping in the Camp Store.

It was a beautiful day for a picnic!

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Men & Boys’ Retreat 2018

It was probably the coldest Saturday on record for this retreat, but the men and boys present didn’t let the weather stop them from enjoying their special weekend at Peniel Bible Camp. Seventy guys gathered to hear our speaker share Commands for Life from 2 Timothy. They enjoyed snacks in the Snack Shop, playing Foot Golf, a night tournament in the Cage, fishing, skillfully rolling hula hoops, Carpet Ball, and eating the hearty meals prepared by our kitchen staff. It was a great weekend to be together, apart from the world, meeting God “face to face” at Peniel.

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Memorial Day Celebration 2018

We are once again looking forward to having a wonderful day here at Peniel Bible Camp for our annual Memorial Day Celebration. As usual, we will be having a patriotic service in the Chapel at 11:00 AM followed by lunch and a host of other possible activities throughout the day. This is a great opportunity to enjoy our beautiful camp facilities while experiencing great fellowship with people from across the state.

We would love to have you join us on Monday, May 28. So, feel free to share the attached flyer; it gives a basic breakdown of the day and some of the many things to do while you are here. Make plans to attend, and bring along some guests. We look forward to seeing you!

Serving the Lord by strengthening His church,

Izaac VanderSchel

Program Director

Peniel Bible Camp

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A Few More Old Camp Photos from the Archives

While going through some old camp records this winter, we found a file of old camp photos. Three of these were pictures we had not posted before.

This first one is of teens — but we’re not sure what year it was taken. We hope someone viewing this post might recognize himself and being able to give us a year.


This next picture we found was labeled as Senior High Camp 1967.   ————–

This picture was previously labeled as being Senior High but we now realize that it was of younger teens at Junior High Camp in 1967


This picture is of our Junior 2 Camp in 1969.

Recognize anyone in these pictures?



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