Camp des Cimes (“Camp of the Peaks”): It’s a Small, Wide World after All

Camp of the Peaks. Chopping WoodWhile in France, our team spent one morning working Camp of the Peaks Chalet sidewith GEM (Greater European Mission) at Camp des Cimes, French Alpsa refuge for youth nestled in the French Alps French Alps La Rivoire? below the alpine village of La Rivoire above Bourg d’Oisans. Camp des Cimes Dilapidated BarnThe first “Camp of the Peaks” ran back in 1967 in a dilapidated farmhouse without electricity or running water, Camp des Cimes Barnand the first workers slept in a drafty barn in the hay! Camp des Cimes rebuildingHowever, over time—and through years of dedicated vision and hard labor—
the tiny 200-year-old village complex of Rivoire was bought and restored, Workers at Camp des Cimesand eventually an idyllic chalet was added, turning the shelter into a dream-come-true haven in France for “God to save the lost and strengthen the found.” Camp of the Peaks workingOur team divided into two groups. Chopping Wood at the Camp of the PeaksHalf of us (them) chopped and hauled wood, Moving Rockswhile the other half of us (including me) cleared out and leveled
a very rocky area in preparation for making a patio. Camp des Cimes preparing for PatioBoth jobs required such strength that half a day was plenty of exertion,
and by the time we stopped for lunch, we were all ready for a change of pace. Camp des Cimes volunteersIn fact, my arms were hamburger and my back toast after a couple of hours,
so I found less glorious work changing the bedding
with a group of volunteers from Canada who were just my age!

Camp des Cimes. AmyWhile airing out the blankets, I had the surprising joy of meeting a young lady named Amy who was doing an internship at Camp des Cimes, and as we chatted, we discovered that we have a special connection: She’s a student of my son Jonathan, who teaches at Moody Bible Institute over 5,000 west of Camp of the Peaks!Camp of the Peaks Chalet                                                        Talk about a small world!  Panoramic view of hiking in French AlpsOne of the things I love about being a Christian is that we’re part of a global family…a very wide, very deep, but also very small and intimate world-wide web of family where you are related both by blood (Jesus’) and by love to everybody!

The Old Rugged Cross (French Alps)   Thank you, Father, and thank you, Jesus! Camp des CimesBy the way, I don’t know what you’re planning to do this coming summer, Road through Alpsbut if you don’t know either, Quaint Charm at Camp of the PeaksCamp des Cimes is looking for volunteers again (2016). Cottage at Camp of the PeaksAccording to their website, “Camp of the Peaks seeks to be a refuge
where God can recharge, encourage, and save everyone.”  Camp des Cimes 2“Through the friendly environment and the shared camp experiences,
they share their lives, demonstrating what life can be
when permeated with Biblical truth and the person of Christ.” Camp of the Peaks. France If you’re interested, here’s their website: Camp des CimesCome unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).

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