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Author: Elizabeth Moore

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Elizabeth Moore

Former Staff


Ripple Effect: How Radical Generosity Changed the Course of One Family’s Life

by Elizabeth Moore

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In the small community of Mount Vernon, Texas, Keith Williams grew up with one stoplight and a tumultuous childhood. “My family life was wheels off,” Keith says. “My dad was on the wrong side of everything—guns, violence, drugs, the whole bit.” When he was in eighth grade, Keith’s dad got into a physical altercation with […]

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Life in the (Pine Cove) City

by Elizabeth Moore

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When Ellie Graziadei stepped off the plane and arrived in Texas for the first time, she had no idea that she would be spending her next four summers on the road as one of Pine Cove City’s traveling staff members. Now, as a full-time Recruiting Coordinator, Ellie treasures her memories as a City staffer and […]

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Camper and Counselor Reunited: Teresa and Kathy’s Story

by Elizabeth Moore

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Starting in the summer of 1971, Teresa “Chigger” Roberson spent many summers and weekends at Pine Cove. As a close friend of the McKenzie family and a Tyler native, Teresa and her group of friends went to church together and worked at camp together.  Before developing into twelve camps in three regions, Pine Cove consisted […]

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Asher’s Rainbow

by Elizabeth Moore

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At the start of 2014, David and Misti Maddron’s family had recently doubled in size. Adam and Autumn, both adopted like the oldest, Andrew, had just joined their family, and Misti was about to give birth to their first biological child, Asher. In the midst of this rapid family growth, Andrew, a third grader, heard […]

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Wrecked by Grace: Emily’s Story

by Elizabeth Moore

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As many former staffers may know, it’s tempting to let our performance at camp determine our worth. With spiritual breakthroughs happening each week, it’s easy to credit ourselves for the fruit we see, rather than remember that it is God who works graciously in our weakness. For Emily “Blog Without A Dog” Rutledge, it wasn’t […]

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We Are Willing — An Adoption Story

by Elizabeth Moore

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When Megan Bates Hunt was fourteen years old, she wrote a prayer on a post-it note: “Lord, let me be a foster parent.” Little did she know, God would abundantly fulfill this desire and give her a family that would mirror His heart.  Megan, also known as “Victory,” was a Pine Cove staffer for years. […]

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Courageously Living Out a Calling

by Elizabeth Moore

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In the summer of 1999, Casey “Skipper” Brewer was tasked with what appeared to be an impossible job. But bolstered by his fellow staff and empowered by Kevin East, he humbly said yes to adversity and saw, firsthand, how God’s power is made perfect in weakness.  Today, Casey leads Kingdom at Work, an organization that […]

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Staff Alumni Making Connections

by Elizabeth Moore

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Searching for a job takes tenacity and patience–plus a healthy dose of flexibility and saying yes to the unexpected. Mason “Adequaker Oatmeal” Sims, a longtime Pine Cove staffer and Forge graduate, was in this position less than a year ago. From 2009-2014, Mason worked at the Ranch, Bluffs, and Camp in the City and graduated […]

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Finding Community After Camp

by Elizabeth Moore

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Staff often walk away from their summer at Pine Cove and wonder, “How do I get community like that in real life?” Because one of the most valuable, lasting treasures from a summer at Pine Cove is the community. Relationships are built with people who uphold you when you’re weak, challenge you when you’re coasting, […]

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