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 APRIL 2011
In This Issue
March Ministry
Missionary Family Camp
A Faith Journey
Nine Amazing Days

 

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This is the 2nd  edition of our monthly Trinity Pines Partners Newsletter.

We hope to inspire and encourage you as you join us in celebrating God's initiative and activity amongst His people.


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Dear Trinity Pines Partners,

In March we enjoyed and were blessed by wonderful volunteers who helped with many improvements of our facilities. We also hosted some awesome retreat groups with guests from all over the globe.

  

Trinity Pines Mission Statement is:

 

"Guests from ALL NATIONS, experiencing God through a Christ centered spiritual setting, so that they might know Him better"


We pray that you are blessed as we are with the Father's continued work in and through the ministry of Trinity Pines.   

 

 

"Guests from ALL NATIONS" (Matthew 28:19-20)  

 

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MARCH MINISTRY

 

March was an incredible month at Trinity Pines. We served over 40 different churches and ministries. We  hosted 1800 guests and volunteers for weekend retreats, Pamper the Pastor getaways, and conferences.  
  
The churches included our brothers and sisters in Christ of Hispanic, Korean, and Middle Eastern ethnicities as well as ministries from all over the country and world. We love to say that one can walk around Trinity Pines during retreat season and hear the name of Jesus lifted up in many different ways and in many different languages. We are grateful that this is a place of worship for the nations.
  
We have begun collecting testimonies of how God is working through our guest ministries' time at Trinity Pines. We look forward to sharing their stories with you in upcoming newsletters.
  

 "experiencing God"  (John 14:21 & 23) 

 

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MISSIONARY FAMILY CAMP

 

We believe that God is at work all around us and we desire to see where He is working and join Him there. One of the ways God is clearly working in our times is through Christian missionaries here and across the globe.   

 

Since arriving at Trinity Pines in 2001, Director Phil Springer has dreamed of providing an opportunity for missionary families to gather together for community, sharing, fun, worship, and renewal. In the fall, we will be hosting

 

Missionary Family Camp Oct. 31st - Nov. 3rd 2011. 

Phil says, "As we speak with missionary friends, we realize that they have a need and desire to spend time with folks who, like themselves, have had a unique ministry experience. We want to serve God by serving them." 

 

If you know a missionary family that you think may be interested in Trinity Pines Missionary Family Camp, please have them contact Karen Beakley at karen@trinitypines.org  or 800-672-7079 for information and registration.

 

 

 

"through a Christ centered spiritual setting"  (Isaiah 58:10-14)

 

 

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A FAITH JOURNEY...

 

That is how Phil describes the near completion of the Mary Helen Smith Worship Center. A building that should have cost $2,500,000, was built for $500,000. How? It was accomplished through God's perfect timing and provision of resources, materials, and especially labor. The stories are endless, so here is one favorite:

 

When it was time to add the limestone to the exterior of the building it was estimated to cost $120,000. Our staff and volunteers began to pray and Phil shared the need with our SOWER (Servants On Wheels Ever Ready) volunteers. The Texas Baptist Men Bricklayers, though willing and capable of doing the work, were not scheduled to come and had prior commitments. As a result of their full schedule, Gus Green, the TBM leader and a faithful servant, had to regretfully decline the invitation to come at that time. In the meantime, another kind servant of God, Norm DeBlaey, shared with Phil that he was a former stone mason and though he probably couldn't do the labor himself, he would gladly train some of our staff to do the stone work. Phil gratefully accepted the offer and they began the work.

 

During this same time, Trinity Pines was host to the Mennonite Disaster Relief Team. They came from the northern United States and Canada to do work on some local homes damaged by Hurricane Rita. Their leader approached Phil with an interesting question, "For some reason, God has sent us some trained stone masons on this project. We don't have any work for them.  Would you know of someone who would have work for them?" They joined the crew and they continued the work. 

 

 As these guys got going on laying the stone, TBM Bricklayer Coordinator, Gus Green called Phil back with a puzzling update. For the first time since he had been leader, all of their currently scheduled projects were cancelled, leaving their schedule completely open. He thought that God must want them to serve at Trinity Pines and he asked another timely question, "Phil, would you still be able to use our help?" They did come and they completed the work.

 

This past month, the final stone work on the Worship Center was completed. TBM Bricklayers answered a call from Campers on Mission volunteer, Henry Richmond who shared the need for their help in finishing the posts on the new porch and offered to assist them.

 

"This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people, but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God...Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"

2 Cor. 9:12 & 15

 

 

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"so that they might know Him better"  (Ephesians 1:17)

                                                                  

 

Preteen Camp 

 

NINE AMAZING DAYS

 

Each summer, for several decades, Trinity Pines has hosted a Preteen Camp. It is always a highlight of the summer for our staff and campers. Churches of all sizes bring their sponsors and preteens from 3rd-6th grade. In the past two years we have hosted over 40 churches and about 1500 campers.  Infinitely more significant is seeing over 200 decisions for Christ and countless lives changed.

 

In Summer 2011, we will have 2 sessions :

 

July 9-13 and July 13-17

Camp Pastor:  Scott Neal

Worship:  Ethan Springer

Recreation:  Trinity Pines Staff

 

The theme is God's Amazing Race and we are, once again, expecting God to do incredible work in the lives of our campers.  

The camps are both filling up, so spread the word and make plans to join us for Preteen Camp 2011. 

 

Also, please begin to pray now for the campers, the sponsors, and our staff as we prepare for this and all of our summer camps.


 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize. 

1 Cor. 10:24  

 

Summer Camp Opportunities
 
Dare to Run Youth Camp June 11-15, 2011
Dare to Run Kids Camp June 15-18, 2011
 
 SWITCH M3 Youth Camp June 20-24, 2011
 
 July 9-13 or 13-17, 2011
 

 

We hope that you will plan to come see for yourself all that God is doing at Trinity Pines.  In the meantime, prayer is what created this ministry and it is your prayers that will strengthen and sustain it.  Please continue to lift this ministry up to the Father.  Thank you!

 

Phil Springer and the Trinity Pines Staff Family

 

 

 

 

Trinity Pines Conference Center

4341 FM 356

Trinity, Texas 75862

936-594-5011/800-672-7079

www.trinitypines.org