Name: Jeff Holland
Staff: 1986-1988, 1990 – 4th Session, 1991 Africa Missions Camp
Now: Counselor at Pioneer Bible Translators – Dallas
God has blessed me to live on three contents and minister to people around the world, but of all the places I have been, Camp Deer Run has made the longest-lasting impact on me. My parents were campers and staff. My son has been on staff, and my daughters are still campers. I even had my newlywed bride serve on staff with me one summer plus Africa Missions Camp. Camp Deer Run is a family tradition. But for me, it has been a life changer.
I remember when the swing was just behind Hoche field but was later lost to the swamp. I remember being on staff when Men’s 7 pulled it out of the muck and took it up the hill past the XXX Pipeline. That wasn’t the only thing resurrected or raised up. Camp raised me to a spiritual level that later led me to dedicate my life to missions. I also experienced my spiritual resurrection at CDR as I “took off the old robe and put on the new.”
As a camper, I loved the staff. On staff, I loved the campers. That love is something I will never forget! Take that love and mix it with some “Killi, Killi, Killi, Killi, wash, wash, wash, wash” and you have summers of fun that sadly pause at the end of 6th session each year. But it is just a pause. You don’t even have to wait for the next summer because CDR goes with you. Jesus lives so richly at Deer Run that it seems like a CDR-flavor of the Holy Spirit goes with you for the rest of your life. I took Camp Deer Run with me to Africa. Others have taken camp around the globe. God has seen fit to take a spot in East Texas to Change the world. I am just glad he used it to change me!
Holy Father, may you continue to reveal Jesus daily at camp so that lives are changed there. May those lives then go back into the world with transformative power of Jesus!