Hume Lake Christian Camps

In my 66th year I continue my reflections on my life with a very significant year, 1963, my twelfth year on this earth. A year with a decision that has shaped the rest of my life.

Nestled close to  Kings Canyon National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada is the Youth Camp that I was able to attend in 1963, 1965 and 1967. I was 12, 14, and 16 during these wilderness adventures.

I was raised in a family who attended church regularly and often, very religious. The church I was raised in gave me the impression that because I was Russian and a member of their church that I had an exclusive connection with God. What I learned at Bible Camp was that the only exclusive connection I could have to God was through Jesus Christ and what He did for me on the cross. Being Russian and being a part of my father’s religion did not give me a direct link to God. In 1963 at Hume Lake while listening to a speaker talk about Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross to save sinners I was moved to step out and become a follower of Jesus. God’s plan of salvation was exclusively through his perfect son Jesus, who is fully God and came to earth to live a perfect life among us and be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. I knew I was one of those sinners and I needed a Savior. This decision began a journey of ups and downs, highs and lows, but a journey forward with my God and Savior. When I began my new life following Jesus I was clothed with His righteousness and reconciled to God. I continue on this walk, never perfectly but with God’s grace I carry on. He will be teaching me by His Holy Spirit all the days of my life. My God and Savior is and will be faithful to see me through all of my life on this earth and I look forward with the Hope of seeing Him face to face in heaven. During this same year, 1963, my father began his journey of following Jesus after hearing Billy Graham at the Los Angeles Coliseum share the truth of Jesus Christ and why He came to earth over 2000 years ago. 1963 was an epic year for me and my family. For my father and me we became part of God’s movement of love and grace through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My mother was a follower of Jesus when she married my father. My two older sisters had started following Jesus before my father and me.

I’ll share this verse that Billy Graham proclaims in every interview I’ve ever heard him give. John 14:6 (ESV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

High School scanned4HUME LAKE CHRISTIAN CAMP 1967

Reflections of my story from age 18 onward of my life will continue in another post.

Presently we are still waiting for that phone call. We are happy for it coming later than sooner since baby Addy is enjoying the womb and continues her growth in that comfort. We have a bag partially packed so we don’t have to wonder about something we forgot. We keep the car gassed up and ready to go. We are still in a very rainy pattern here in the Pacific Northwest. Plants should flourish well here this Spring. How goes it where you live?

14 thoughts on “Hume Lake Christian Camps

  1. Ellen, thank you for sharing your beautiful testimony of how you came to know Christ, as well as your father and other members of your family. I am always blessed to hear how others came to Christ. I share my testimony under the top tab “His Amazing Grace”.

    Praying for precious little Addy and her entrance into this world. The waiting is the hardest part for the parents (especially the mama) and the grandparents. You all are in my prayers.

  2. Thank you for sharing your testimony here, Ellen. I enjoyed the photos of this special place. I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was nine, after attending Bible School at our church. May the Lord bless little Addy and her mommy and give you safe travel to be with them. xoxo

  3. I love everything about this post! Those photos are so clear, and somehow it feels like 1963 was in another era! I associate so much innocence with back then, although there are many on this planet who would think that now is a much more progressive age. And yet Jesus was so easy to reveal! He stood tall, with His door open, and so many people had the eyes to see Him! He knew he had to have you be his daughter, as well. I didn’t completely give my life to Him until 1979, when I was 17. Some would say your year began the Jesus movement and mine was the ending of it!

  4. Amen! So nice to read your testimony. I too am glad to know we are all sisters in Christ. : )
    Lots of memories in those pictures!!

  5. Beautiful testimony Ellen! Camp was a huge influence on me as well and surely shaped my path in life – since that’s where the farmer and I got to know each other. So many things that have happened in my life have been amazing and might I say, undeserving. I have been blessed abundantly.
    Keeping you in our prayers as you await the call – I am almost giddy with excitement for you!

  6. How goes it here? Buried in white stuff!

    Wonderful testimony, Ellen. It is good to write down our testimonies, I think. I remember my pastor writing down 12:25 pm in my Bible as a way to remember the moment I asked The Lord in.

    I like your purposeful and steady philosophy about welcoming your granddaughter. She will arrive right on time… And you will, of course, be ready!

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