“I can’t explain how wonderful it is for me to bring my Grandkids here, and see how much they enjoy what God has provided for them. What a great gift, to leave the cities and come to a relaxing place!” Grandma D
We had an amazing weekend of rest, renewal and sweet family time. The S’s
I am once again up at TWF, my sixth time in the KC and my eleventh year at Wilderness. Each time I come here, whether alone, with one close friend or as part of a group, God draws me near. Calmness and peace settle over me like a warm cloak keeping me safe and warm. It is so good to unwind and enjoy the beauty of this place, to share, to sleep, to pray to just be.
Thank you Lord for this place of refuge, where I can find shelter from the storm and peace for my troubled soul. MC
I love this place so much. I love to be able to go outside and not hear cars or see “busyness.” The stars at night are awesome, and I don’t want to leave. Log Cabin
It’ so nice to come to a place where you’re showered with God’s presence. You can actually feel the prayers over the land from years before! L.H.
God did speak tenderly to my heart these last three days and I am changed. Lady from St. Paul
My little guy put it this way, (Muddy from head to toe with water running down his rain-soaked head, with a great big smile I might add): ‘Dad, Ain’t campin’ fun!’
The youth and I wish to thank you for another fine stay at The Wilderness. It is such a blessing to be able to use your camp facilities. Some have suggested that we try going to other camps, but the kids have continued to choose the Wilderness. There is something about the Wilderness that makes it more special than others. Maybe it’s having to pump your own water or having to pack your equipment in by sled, or real sleigh rides through the woods, or perhaps it’s even the joy of getting up in the middle of the night to stoke the fire. I think though, it’s the warm love and friendship that we all feel from you. As you have often done for us, we will also pray for you and your continued ministry at the Wilderness.
We had a great father and son weekend here! There is so little time to talk at home and so many distractions. But here, we had a place to be alone together, lots of places to walk, and a place where we can sense the presence of God. There is much I want to tell my son and he has so many questions. We need to keep our relationship strong so that it will keep us talking about those important issues/questions. Our time in this place brought us closer to each other and closer to God… This week-end was his 13th birthday present and you really helped make it special. Thank You. Father & Son in Timothy Cabin
This is our first visit to TWF. It has been such an incredible blessing. We came with our church but were also able to spend some time alone. My soul was in such desperate need of rest and I was able to slow down and find it here. I’d love prayers to be able to take this peace with me and remember the beauty of resting in Jesus. Thank you! VT
It was so beautiful and peaceful here. I just can’t get over it. I felt God’s presence wherever I was at here. It was so serene. What you are doing here is such a blessing!!! My husband and I have been separated… He and I were able to spend time in prayer, mending, healing. It was amazing!! God has a plan. We just had to be open to hear it. Thank you for the opportunity. God bless! – LB
Thank you for the care-taking of God’s promises. Hosea 2:14 CB
Thank you so much for laying down your lives in service for the Kingdom and to serve your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! I pray more blessing for this ministry and your families! CW
Thank you for a wonderful & refreshing weekend away with my husband! We were so blessed by the many touches of hospitality in the cabin. Thanks for your thoughtfulness & tireless work to refresh the weary. JTP
Once again God has met us individually and melded us as a couple here in this precious place. Our spirits are refreshed, our vision more clearly focused and our hearts thrilled with having had the opportunity to saturate in His presence. There is no other place we know that “fosters Godly intimacy” and no other organized as this.
I thank God for this place, these His people, and the ministry this is. We read Psalm 33 this A.M. We depart with this word and leave this harbor to other weary travelers. Our hope is in Him and pray you will find the peace of His arms around you, through you and carrying you into your further journey.
In His Joy, R & R D
Timothy Prayer Cabin Journal
As a Christian counselor, I’m grateful for a ministry like TWF, which offers a prayer-covered place of retreat, where people in pain and difficulty can go to seek an intimate and un-distracted encounter with the Lord. I have recommended the prayer cabins to numerous people in such times of need, and have seen evidence of the Lord’s response — providing a time of spiritual refreshment or encouragement, and sometimes the delivery of a healing truth in just the right way, and to just the internal place where it is most needed. L.H.
It’s been over twenty years since we were first introduced to The Wilderness. In those early years our family was involved in youth ministry and spent many days and weeks with teenagers who were struggling as they approached adulthood. The Wilderness provided a place for those growth opportunities to occur.
Over the past 25 years more than 70 teenagers became a part of our family and as a result, a part of The Wilderness as well. Our finances were often limited but still The Wilderness allowed a huge family like ours to come and have a place to rest and play. Each year, just after Christmas, all twelve of us and some additional friends, would toboggan into the Log Cabin. There as a family we played, cross-country skied, went sliding, read books and made igloos, even sleeping out in them. It was a place where we learned to work together. Christmas at the Log cabin became a tradition. It is a special place where we can bring people to share the gift of hope, family and that peace that is possible when a family is grounded in Christ’s love.
Those seasons with the children have come and gone. It will no longer be our children who run and play in the snow of The Wilderness or paddle canoes looking for frogs and turtles in the “Cheerio” pond. It will be our grandchildren. There are many places families can go, but at The Wilderness the love for God and neighbor is at the very core of those who live and work there. That is why we keep coming back. Come to The Wilderness…
Greg and Diane Olson
Fourteen years ago, I took my first group of students to The Wilderness. Since that time over three hundred students have wandered the trails, paddled the lakes, and slid down the hills. We have been truly blessed by the staff, first by Dick and his wife, and now by Randy and his family. These are the people that God has given a special gift to provide for others. That has been especially evident with the building of the prayer cabins. Our school has again been blessed by helping with small projects in the construction of these facilities. I can’t begin to relate all the changes in lives that have begun through chapels and experiences directly related to The Wilderness Fellowship. We have seen the Chapel (Fellowship Center) change over these years and what a blessing it will be to see it in its completed form. It is truly holy ground.
Volleyball, canoeing, hiking, camping, fishing, skiing, hayrides (winter and summer), working, and a lot of just plain having fun have been part of our experiences over these years. These are all great and will continue to be. But the most important aspect that has kept us coming back for all these years is God’s presence there. Even as I write this I can feel His Spirit that is so evident at Wilderness Fellowship. How meaningful are the words that this camp was founded under “I will take my children into the wilderness, and there I will speak tenderly to them” Hosea 2:14. This has been our experience for fourteen years.
Dennis Martin, Dean of Students, Christian Life School