Laborers For Christ

Laborers For Christ Help Lutheran Camp Celebrate God’s Creation

June 6, 2017 | Posted by LCEF

Tucked away in the rolling hills of Central Missouri sits a quaint Lutheran camp known as Trinity. The camp was established in 1973, and what started off as a “few acres to camp with the kids” is now 235 acres.

Camp Trinity sports a community center (pictured above); a family cabin that sleeps 12; Maier Hall (which has eight rooms that sleep 11 each); an area for tent camping; a red barn; several large ponds for fishing and swimming; and the headquarters for Christian News.

The camp is all about creation. When you look around you see God’s handiwork. The buildings are often marked with scriptures.

One such scripture was Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” This is an important verse for the camp because the camp emphasizes work—something the Laborers For Christ (LFC) aren’t afraid to do.

Never have to worry when LFC is here

Dan Davine, the project manager, is on his fifth project. He and his wife have driven the farthest, having come from Newberg, OR. His RV and the other two RVs sit behind the community hall. Dan is a former electrician.

The other LFC team members include Phil and Carrie Hedemann from Lockwood, MO; Linder and Marilyn Wendling from Altamont, IL; and John Strasen from Washington, MO.

The LFC team is rehabbing the library. They tore down a wall to lengthen the room, installed two windows and built a new wall. The new library will house programmable compact shelves for the extensive book collection the camp has collected over the years. A reader would select the book he wanted from a computer terminal and then the shelves would open to allow access.

The Laborers get started by 7:30 in the morning and then break at 10:00 am for a devotion and snacks. Each day they all join inside the community center in a circle of couches. Carrie Hedemann leads the devotion. Ruth Rethemeyer is the camp director. She joins the devotion each day.

She enjoys having the LFC because she knows the quality of the work is going to be impeccable. “We don’t have to worry if it’s going to pass code.”

LFC builds community

Phil Hedemann said that the camp was different from what they usually do because if they are at a church they can usually get involved with the congregation.

“That’s one of the best things about being a Laborer: it builds community. And often it brings back lax members.”

Hedemann said some members who’ve not been involved with the church for a while might learn that the Laborers are in town and be interested in what they are doing. So they come out to help and through that fellowship, they return to the church.

Now that’s truly building up the kingdom of God. Good work, Dan, Kay, Phil, Carrie, Linder, Marilyn and John! We appreciate you all!

Do you want to travel, meet people and, most importantly, spread the Gospel? Interested in becoming a Laborers For Christ member? Sign up here or call 800-843-5233.