Girls Bible Study

ABOUT CAMP GILEAD

Camp Gilead is a year-round Christian Camp and Retreat Center that has served central Florida since 1938!

We exist to glorify God by creating an atmosphere for individuals to evaluate their relationship with Christ and be challenged to make decisions resulting in changed lives.

It is our goal to provide opportunities for each individual to grow spiritually, physically, mentally, and socially.

OUR VISION

Our vision is helping each student take the next spiritual step, strengthening families and local churches in the state of Florida and beyond.

OUR MISSION

We exist to glorify God by creating an atmosphere for individuals to evaluate their relationship with Christ and be challenged to make decisions resulting in changed lives.

OUR MOTTO

Changing Lives . . . One Heart At A Time

STATEMENT OF FAITH

Children’s Bible Ministries, Inc. Statement of Faith

Childrenʼs Bible Ministries, Inc. serves along nondenominational lines, and as such here are certain essential truths which we believe. As Christians we believe in the necessity of the new birth as the work of God, the Holy Spirit to be obtained only by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and that men are saved by grace through faith not by works.

A. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired (God-breathed) Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings (Matt. 5:18; John 16:12-13; II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:20-21).

B. We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ as fully God and fully man, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin; as God, co-equal and coexistent with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:1-2:13; John 1:1-11; 14:16; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 1:15).

C. We believe in manʼs fallen condition. Through nature, choice and practice he is guilty before God and is righteously judged fit only for everlasting punishment (Gen. 3:1-13; Matt. 25:46; Rom. 3:10 & 23; 5:12-21; I Cor. 15: 21-22; II Thess. 1:7-10; Rev. 20:12-15).

D. We believe Jesus Christ offered on our behalf the only acceptable sacrifice for sin and was raised in the same body from the dead according to the Scriptures. Christ has secured our redemption through the shedding of His blood, qualifying the saints for service here, a like resurrection, and a place in His divine presence for eternity (Matt. 28; Luke 24:39-43; Rom. 3:21-28; 5:10-11; I Cor.15: 3-4; I Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 9:11-22; I Pet. 1:18-20; I John 2:2; 5:10-13).

E. We believe that repentance, forgiveness and becoming a new creature are several of the many experiences of the Christian who is kept by Godʼs power, being secure in Christ forever and that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of salvation. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; II Cor. 5:17; I John 5:11-13).

F. We believe that God the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts sinners and who regenerates and baptizes them at the moment of their salvation into the body of Christ. We also believe that the Holy Spirit indwells and seals until Christ returns, all who believe, and fills and empowers for service those who are yielded to Him (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8-9; I Cor. 6:19-20; 12:12-14; Gal. 5:16; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; Titus 3:5).

G. We believe in the visible, personal and imminent return of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His church (John 14:3; Acts 1:9-11; I Thess. 4:13-18).

H. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and of the lost, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost (John 11:23-27; Rom. 8:11; II Cor. 5:1; I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:12-15).

I. We believe that Christ made provision for all the effects of sin in the atonement and that God heals in answer to believing prayer according to His sovereign discretion. Healing may not be claimed on the same unconditional basis as salvation, and the final deliverance from sickness awaits the believer in glory (I Cor. 15:51-57; II Cor. 12:7-9; Phil. 3:20-21; I John 3:2).

J. We believe that some gifts of the Holy Spirit are permanent and are intended for use throughout the entire Church age. Other gifts were temporary and were given in the Apostolic age for the purpose of founding the church. These include the gifts of Apostleship, Prophecy, Miracles, Healings, Tongues, and the Interpretation of Tongues. At the same time, we affirm that God performs miracles as He wills (John 14:16-17; John 16:7-15; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Corinthians 12:13, 28-30; Ephesians 2:20-22; Ephesians 4:1-16, 30; Hebrews 2:1-4; Titus 3:5).

K. We believe in the biblical view of marriage as sanctioned and defined by God, which is the exclusive, covenantal union between one naturally born man and one naturally born woman. (Genesis 2:18-24, Ephesians 5:22-33, Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:6-9)

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HISTORY

IN THE BEGINNING…

Children‘s Bible Mission, of which Camp Gilead was the charter member, had its beginning in the early 1930‘s. In the fall of 1932, Mr. & Mrs. Walter Jensen came to Florida with a great burden to reach lost children with the Gospel of Christ. For two years, they worked alone reaching children through school assemblies and as they found opened doors. God was clearly opening these doors in response to a weekly prayer meeting for that purpose. A plan was then presented to some Christian business and professional men: the public school classes would feature a Bible memory program, with a set of awards to be given for verses memorized, the top prize being a free week of camp. Thus, on February 5, 1935, Children‘s Bible Mission was born in St. Petersburg, and in 1948 built their headquarters at 1628 Gary Road, Lakeland, Florida.

The first camp took place in a wooded area on a lake twenty miles north of Tampa in August, 1935. Dishes and cooking utensils were borrowed from a YMCA, and all supplies had to be brought out from Tampa. Food was also donated, including fruit and ice cream, and a young calf, which provided meat for the camp. Out of the 47 children who had earned a week of camp, 32 actually attended; and of these, 16 were saved and other important life-decisions were made.

Soon it was clear that bigger and better camp facilities were needed, and a search was begun. At the same time, people were praying specifically for this need and, in answer to prayer in 1938, the mission purchased the former Polk City Golf Course on Lake Helene for $1.00, where Camp Gilead now stands. Other wonderful provisions included materials and help in constructing the original buildings on the property. Missionaries and volunteers worked hard to put up ten buildings in four months, to accommodate 100 campers! In 1947, Hazel Yeater began working at Camp Gilead, and in 1948 she invited her friend, Edith Hulslander, to come and help with summer camp. When Mr. & Mrs. Ed Jensen moved from the area, Miss Hazel and Miss Edith became the directors and served there for nearly 50 years.

Over the course of time, there have naturally been many changes. Old buildings had to be replaced by new ones; more buildings had to be built including the chapel, gym, lodge and lakeside pavilion. These buildings, in turn, had to be renovated over time, with air-conditioning installed, etc. Probably the biggest change was that Bible teachers are no longer permitted to go to public school assemblies with the Gospel as they had once been allowed to do.

CAMP GILEAD 1961-1980

Throughout the 60‘s and 70‘s Camp Gilead experienced continual change and growth. The problems affecting work in the public schools compelled the diversification and a reaching out to other areas with additional programs of getting the Word of God and His message to young people. Additional weeks of camp were added to reach more teenagers and also to include those not able to earn camp through CBM programs. The camp follow-up program was increased to add to the continuing correspondence programs; a work-camper program for ninth and tenth graders, a junior counselor training program for eleventh and twelfth graders, and a senior counselor training program for the college counselors. Florida Bible Memory and Mailbox Club programs were carried on in private schools, churches, after school clubs, and through a telephone ministry. Other clubs were held for teenagers as well as a teen rally held at camp each month. Personnel included nine CBM workers, four full-time volunteers at camp, plus many other part time volunteers.

In the winter of 1969, a large group of retirees from Berne, Indiana came to help Camp Gilead with various winter projects, and thus began a valuable ministry which continues to this day. This group has grown to include volunteers from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, New York and other states, as well. We are truly blessed to have these willing servants here each winter. They have made possible the accelerated building program.

The 60‘s and 70‘s brought not only changes to our programming, but also to our facilities. Some of the projects completed during that time included: an air-conditioned chapel to seat 200, enlarged dining hall to seat 200, gym, craft building, offices, several new cabins, and other buildings.

1981- PRESENT

So much has happened at Camp Gilead since 1981. Our lodge was completed down by the lake. A new ministry called Creation Critters was developed by Ron Yeater and is growing at a rapid rate. As in all years that the camp has been in existence, God has used the ministries of Camp Gilead to reach into the hearts of kids and change their lives. “Changing lives — one heart at a time” is our motto, and this is what Camp Gilead is all about. Faces and families have come and gone over the past 75 years, but each staff member has played a vital part in the lives of all the kids who have been changed here.

In 2010, the Board of Directors were concerned about the declining number of campers attending summer camp and the overall direction of the ministry. A call was made to the National CBM Director for assistance and a consultant was contracted to examine the ministry and make recommendations to the Board. As a result, the By-Laws were changed and a new era of governance and administration was adopted. Rev. Kenneth R. Pritt, Jr. was hired as the new Executive Director in 2011. New missionaries were added and Bible Clubs were reinstituted. The picnic pavilion was renovated into the current RCA Pavilion and dedicated in October of 2012. A new sand volleyball court, paintball course and outdoor chapel were also added as part of a capital project that included all new bunk beds and mattresses for every cabin. In 2013, Camp Gilead celebrated 75 years of ministry!

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LEADERSHIP

OUR STAFF

Bobby Williams
Executive Director
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Karen Williams
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Chris Andreu
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Hope Billings
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Juan Montalvo
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mr. Andrew Post
Corporate President

Mr. Jay Mueller
Corporate Vice Chair

Mr. Harold Snyder
Corporate Secretary

Mr. Ronnie Hurtt, Jr.
Corporate Treasurer

Rev. Jerry Busby

Mrs. Tracey Carter

Mr. Brannen Hester

Mr. Lee Roth

Hon. Glenn T. Shelby

Hon. John Stargel

OUR LOCATION

Camp Gilead Camp and Retreat Center
1444 Camp Gilead Dr.
Polk City, FL 33868

Main Phone:
863-984-1353
Fax:
863-984-2067
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