Wyoba Family & Friends,
I fell in love with Camp Wyoba the first time I set foot on the property. I could sense the presence of the Holy Spirit and knew that it was a place I needed be. As that first summer as camp administrator went by, I saw the lives being changed. There were lots of challenges that first summer, and there still are, but I have never wavered in my belief that Camp Wyoba has an important role in the Kingdom. I have never second guessed that it is a place where people have a mountaintop experience with God.
Yet, Camp Wyoba is facing challenges. As our country becomes more secular, Christians are experiencing the reality that living a life for Jesus Christ is not the norm and goes against the grain. Churches are struggling, and as the church struggles the church’s institutions will struggle. Camp Wyoba is currently facing financial struggles that threaten this ministry. It is not that we have been wasteful or unwise with our resources. It is not that we have not sought the Lord’s will with every camp or not prayed for each person who sets foot on Camp Wyoba. The struggle is real and we need to be seeking God and His provision during this time. As the church of Jesus Christ and Wyoba family, I believe that we are being called to practice two spiritual disciplines together: prayer and fasting.
We have a Lord who will lead us to victory through our dedication to Him. In Romans 8 we read: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
In these times of struggle, we need to be turning to the God who made that promise. God knows that way forward for Camp Wyoba. Through prayer and fasting we affirm that God has the answers that we need, that God will communicate those answers to us, and that we trust these things to be so.
I know that this is a tall order for us, but will you consider joining me in 21 days of prayer and fasting for Camp Wyoba? I will begin this journey on March 5 and end March 26, the day before Easter Sunday. To my knowledge, we have never done a corporate fast together for Wyoba and I have felt God’s prompting to lead this opportunity to seek Him. There are various ways to fast, so will you pray about which one God would have you do?
Specific Types of Fasts:
- Daniel Fast: No meat, sweet foods, or strong drinks (Daniel 10:2). This fast can be done for an extended period of time and is also considered a vegetarian diet, because there is no meat intake. For more information on this type of fast please check out this website: http://daniel-fast.com/.
- Partial Fast: This would be not eating one main meal you would usually eat on a daily routine, such as breakfast, or lunch, or dinner. This meal would be skipped until the fast was over. There is also a Half Day Fast that lasts until 3 P.M. (ninth hour). This is the fast John Wesley participated in (Acts 10:30-31).
- Complete Fast: This would require you to abstain from all solid foods, liquids only. When Jesus fasted in the desert, the Bible says, “After fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry.” This verse does not mention Jesus being thirsty (Luke 4:1-2).
- Total Fast: This is a full and complete fast with no food or drink. Acts 9:9 describes when Paul went on a full fast for three days following his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. Esther also called for this type of fast in Esther 4:15-16. This type of fast should be done with extreme caution and not for extended periods of time.
- Juice Fast: This is a fast where you intake only fresh or natural juice. The juices should be without added sugar or additives and can easily be made at home in a juicer or blender. When using fruits that are acidic, such as lemons, oranges, and even tomatoes dilute them with water for your stomachs sake.
**When choosing a dietary fast, please take into consideration your health and God’s leading. If you experience health issues or complications during the fast, please stop fasting and consult a medical professional.
- Soul Fast: Maybe a dietary fast is not something that you can do physically or you are not lead to do one. There are other ways that you can participate during the 21 days of prayer and fasting by giving up one or more of the following things: Electronics, computers, TV video games, limited cell phone use if possible. Try to give up some entertainment like sports and movies and focus more on prayer and studying the Word of God during the times we do some of the mentioned activities.
Why would we do 21 days of fasting and praying for Camp Wyoba? In order for us to have a soul cleansing and greater sensitivity that will enable us to hear from God, to create a deeper desire for and dependence on God, and to seek God’s desires for the ministry of Camp Wyoba.
Why 21 days? At minimum, it takes 21 days to implement a new habit or to break an old habit. It is my hope that we will wrestle with giving up something and that we will be brought to the point of seeking God. Also, I challenge you to make this an opportunity to implement the habit of praying and seeking God on a daily basis.
I know that praying and fasting does not sound exciting, but I know that you will be blessed by participating. I pray that God will show up in your life in new ways and in mighty ways and that He will give us clear direction for the ministry of Wyoba.
I have created a list of areas to pray for each day. I will also be posting devotionals, Bible verses, and encouragement during the 21 days on the Wyoba website blog (http://www.wyoba.org/blog-2/) and the Camp Wyoba Facebook page.
I am inviting all of our ABCRM churches, Wyoba family and friends, campers, and any others to participate in these 21 days. Please feel free to pass this invitation and information on.
Waiting to hear from Him,
Rev. Amber J. Shearer
Camp Wyoba Administrator
- God’s favor and blessings to be on Camp Wyoba
- Returning Campers to have protection, financial provision to attend again, spiritual impact, to make new friends, to make serious commitments to Christ.
- For new campers who will have protection, financial provision to attend, spiritual impact, to make new friends, to make serious commitments to Christ.
- Returning Guests to have a positive experience, to feel the Holy Spirit’s presence, to continue to be in partnership with Wyoba.
- For new guests to rent camp. As they come to Wyoba that they will experience positive first impressions, to feel the Holy Spirit’s presence, to build a consistent partnership with Wyoba.
- Wyoba Board (Jenita Calton, Carl Hildebrand, Joyce Hinze, Doug & Cynthia Rigsby, Pastor Jeff Lundblad, Brenda Schladweiler, Shauna Roberts, Barbara Vinzant, Mel Gabel, Karen Van, Bill Mankin, Marc Boalch)
- Wyoba Employees (cooks, maintenance, dish washer)
- Wyoba Volunteer Staff (directors, camp pastor, cabin leaders)
- Financial provision so that this ministry may continue.
- Unbelievers that come to camp to find Christ.
- ABCRM (owner of Wyoba)
- Churches to support camp
- WyobaFest 2017
- Future vision for Camp Wyoba
- To be known by our neighbors and make an impact in our community
- Protection from natural disasters, potential threats, sickness, accidents
- Camp Administrator- Rev. Amber Shearer. Pray that she will be effective in her role serving Wyoba, have strength and endurance during the summer months, and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Wyoba Board Chair- Jenita Calton. Pray that she may be sensitive and courageous to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
- Wyoba 500 (500 people giving $100/year to camp to cover 2016 expenses)
- New opportunities (retreats, camps, outreaches, etc.) for Camp Wyoba to be a part of
- Thank the Lord for all the ways that He has used camp and will continue to use camp!