After serving 18,000 meals, making up 230 guest rooms for 814 guests, running waterfront and all kinds of other activities for 36 days, 90 program skits, and all the other things that go into a summer, we have said goodbye to our last families until next year.
Some comments made by guests were:
“This was our first week at Barnabas. Being here brought our family closeness and trust that we’ve never experienced before. Trust in safety of the community – trust in being vulnerable – trust in the unknown. We experienced a sense of connection in a community that has given us a new lens through which we can embrace life. Thank you for your l9ong-term vision, for what you are offering, for what you give.”
“Thank you for making my kids smile every day because they witnessed God’s love through your actions, speech, and service. It was a WONDERFUL experience.”
“Thank you for giving your time and love to make all of this happen. Your faithfulness in following and serving God is such a reflection of what God desires His Kingdom and church to be. Your work in the Lord is NOT in vain.”
We enjoyed a couple of evening “concerts” in what will be our new dining room – one with Brian Doerksen and his son-in-law Luke Vandevert and another with Carolyn Arends and Spencer Capier.
Through our guests’ generous gifts to the BarnaWave fund each week we raised the money needed for the fireplace for the Pavilion, one Utility Vehicle for our maintenance department and funds toward a second for our farm crew as well as toward a new water trampoline for next summer.
Our Friday farm stand was a huge success with the islanders in sales of garden produce, baking, farm-fresh eggs, our own roasted coffee, and much more.
There’s a lot more harvesting to do!
We have been so blessed again this summer: through your prayers, your gifts, relationships built and strengthened among staff, families, volunteers, visitors, and seeing God at work in lives. The numerous volunteers who came to look after the flower gardens, assist the kitchen or with maintenance, and work on the farm were a gift – we are grateful for people who are so passionate about this ministry that they gave us a week of their valuable vacation time to come to work! Our summer staff were amazing and we are thankful for them. Pray that as they go back to school or to jobs they will remember their summer experiences and will build on those as they seek where God is leading them.