Hospitality at Wallowa Lake Camp

March 08, 2018

Reflections on the Seven Foundations for Camp & Retreat Ministries 

Foundation 2: "Extend Genuine Christian Hospitality and Community"

A Perspective from Wallowa Lake Camp

by Peggy Lovegren, co-director of Wallowa Lake Camp

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

    -Hebrews 13:2

Why do so many good people volunteer their time and financial support to United Methodist Camp and Retreat Centers?

Why do so many good people return every year to stay at United Methodist Camp and Retreat Centers?

I believe the answer has something to do with “genuine Christian hospitality and community”  

People are yearning for community and real relationships, more now than ever. As Christians, we are called to extend hospitality to our friends, neighbors and strangers, so how does Wallowa Lake Camp extend this genuine Christian hospitality and community?

Could it be the time we spend helping guests plan their best retreat ever? Or is it the way our guests are greeted with open arms and genuine smiles?

Maybe it is the care we take to make sure our comfortable cabins are exceptionally clean and our grounds are beautifully maintained? Or is it the plentiful, nutritious, delicious meals prepared for the guests?

It could be the warm, loving, happy volunteers who serve guests during their stay? Or perhaps its offering the best coffee/tea/hot chocolate 24 hrs a day?

Maybe it’s having intentional gathering places like beside the creek where parent’s can watch their children play while they visit? Or the many picnic tables placed where people can chat?

Is it the puzzles and games set out on tables? Or maybe the line of rocking chairs gathered outside the lodge under the flower baskets?

For some it’s the abundant recreational activities; gaga ball, horseshoes, swings... And almost everyone loves the sacred spaces; the river and mountain outdoor chapels, the prayer flag garden, and storytelling tepee.

Many have been inspired by all of the hospitality they've received that they have chosen to contribute toward generous scholarships for children living in poverty to come to our amazing horse camps. Now dozens of others have been able to experience the same hospitailty for themselves.

These things and so much more, are how Wallowa Lake Camp extends to the world Christian hospitality and community!
 
We hope you will join us as a guest, volunteer, staff or donor!  All are welcome!

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