By Pat Kozak
The memories I have over the last 20 years of my involvement with Joy
Fellowship? There are so many… and it would take another 20 years to
write them all down! So I’ll reminisce on a few.
Number one, it’s the people, our folk, that make a
difference: everyone of them are so special. God has created every one
so different and unique and after He made each one He threw away the
mold. Praise the Lord. Each one is a gift from God and we have all been
blessed to spend some time together in our short journey of life here on
the earth. But the good news is we will all see each other again, where
we will spend eternity in the presence of Jesus, so every time we get
together it’s a celebration preparing us for a much better home and in
such better bodies.
I can hardly wait to see Lezlee jump and dance and run as
well as Peggy Clark, HallieAnn Riby, Kay Ko, Ann Cowper, Graham Penman
(among others). I can hardly wait to see Gordie Hilderman lead a choir
of angels singing Ho, Ho, Ho Hosanna with Donald conducting. I can
hardly wait to see Richard Bublitz describe the vivid colours of the
Heavenly City. Oh what a day that will be.
I will always cherish the wonderful memories I experienced
in of one of my early camps at Squamish. I’ll never forget walking back
to the dorm listening to Stephen Ross praying, talking to Jesus, his
“Best Buddy” (that’s how he described Jesus). He was asking Jesus to
give his buddy Graham a good night’s sleep that night: that was very
special and touched my heart.
That year there was a mud-slide which prevented us from
returning home on Sunday afternoon and kept us in Squamish another 4
days. And being one of the camp nurses, I had visions of having to phone
all the doctors in Vancouver to OK prescriptions for the folks who were
on medications and had only enough supply with them for the weekend. We
decided we would phone the Doctor on call for that week at Squamish
Hospital and he was so kind to OK all the prescriptions to be filled by
the Pharmacist. We had them all filled by 5 p.m. and ready to administer
by 5:30 p.m. We were so thankful to God for His faithfulness and
goodness to us all. I believe that was the weekend we had the group from
YWAM. I remember them singing “Squamish, Squamish, Ooh, Baby let your
people go” (our own variation on the song, “Pharaoh, Pharaoh, Let Your
People Go”). Praise the Lord we got home safely by Thursday. We were
called to get up at 6 a.m. that morning to be ready to leave after
breakfast. It was pouring with rain and God even gave us a police escort
to the boat we had to catch to Horseshoe Bay. The coach was waiting for
us there to take us the remainder of our journey back to the church.
Isn’t God good??!
I remember the first time Susan Woods came to Camp Squamish. I happened
to be helping HallieAnn in the bathroom, Susan came in and asked if she
could help. I asked her if she could get HallieAnn’s toothbrush and help
brush her teeth (HallieAnn doesn’t have any teeth and loves to play this
trick on new helpers. They go diligently to “find” the toothbrush and
all the while HallieAnn is giggling) Finally HallieAnn started laughing
so hard her whole chair was rocking. I can still see her laughing! Sorry
Sue… Please forgive us!!
Our folks really know how to worship Jesus, not only do they know how to
worship Him in song and praise but also with their giving. On our last
day at camp we finish up with a communion service and a collection for
God’s continued work. When asked what they would like to give to Jesus,
they always want to give their very best and they are all joyful givers.
We can never out-give God, can we?
I always look forward to camp and thank God for His provision, His
faithfulness and His protecting Hand upon us. He always provides enough
helpers, I come home from camp being totally Blessed each time.