Looking Back on the June 4th Kickoff Event

June 4th was a special night kicking off the Simply Changing Lives campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise $1.4 million to build a new dining hall so that Camp Deer Run can continue to effectively pass on faith to future generations. Around 250 alumni and supporters attended the Simply Changing Lives kickoff … Continued

Jeff Holland’s Prayer For Camp

Name: Jeff Holland Camper: 1978-1985 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 … Continued

Day 40 of 40 Days of Prayer

  Name: Stephen “Jim Bob” Meeks Camper: 1970-74 Staff: Men’s #1 Cheuk Counselor 1975-76; Cheuk Group Leader 1977; Hoche Group Leader 1978; Camp Director 1989-1992. Now: Missionary/Elder My Deer Run Memories: The few glorious sessions I spent at Camp Deer Run as a teen directly influenced the course of my life, and indirectly, through me, … Continued

Day 39 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: Bruce Woodall Camper: Early 70’s Staff: Late 70’s Now: Family Physician Coming up after baptism at the Jefferson Street church of Christ on a Sunday evening in March of 1973, I was immediately surrounded by well wishers — the spiritual family that had raised me into the faith I was publicly committing to proclaim … Continued

Day 38 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: Shelby Anders Camper: 2001-2006 Staff: 2007-2008, 2011 Now: 2 years out from a double lung transplant, living and working in Dallas TX, engaged to be married in the fall. As so many others have said, Camp Deer Run is a very special place for me. It was a place I felt safe and immune … Continued

Day 37 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: Bruce Smith Camper: 1958-1963 Staff: 1964-1967 Now: Itinerant Medical Missionary, Southeastern Africa; Redlands, California My CDR memories are legion, but two have had long-lasting effect. First, the group devotionals led by Carroll Osburn, with his description of “God’s own cathedral”: the grass for our carpet, the trees our walls, the starry sky our vaulted … Continued

Day 36 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: Keith Christian Camper: ’74-’78 Staff: ’80 & ’84 Now: Math teacher at Lovejoy High School and Shepherd at High Pointe church of Christ My earliest memory of Camp Deer Run is a family retreat with our church during the 1960s. I remember the swing over the creek, very few cinder block cabins, and the … Continued

Day 35 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: MARLEE (EVANS) WILHELM Camper: 2002-2009 Staff: 2011-2014 Now: Kindergarten Teacher, Hawley, TX If you’ve found unmatchable joy in a post out-camping shower, stood small underneath the stars, developed unforgivable hygiene habits, stayed up late chatting in the glow of a flashlight, or simply experienced God in both familiar and unfamiliar ways- then you my … Continued

Day 34 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: Buddy Jones Camper: 1964-66 Staff: 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972 Now: Preacher, Columbus, Georgia My, how I miss CDR! Without a doubt, it was one of the most formative experiences of my spiritual life — perhaps the most. The friends from camp are still some of the closest friends I have, 44 years later. … Continued

Day 33 of 40 Days of Prayer

Name: Cason Keith Camper: 2004-2009 Staff: 2011-2016 Now: Recent Graduate, Texas A&M University I’ve been on staff for 6 summers now. Two as a counselor, three as a Group Leader, and now as Program Director. Each summer has been a new chapter in my camp story. Each chapter building off the one before. I have … Continued

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