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Category: Stories


Kai’s Story: The God Who Sees

by Katelyn Sullins

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The very first instance in Scripture of a human being declaring a name over God is in Genesis 16, when Hagar calls God “El Roi,” which means “the God who sees.” It is not surprising, the significance that being seen holds in our lives now. For Hagar, being seen meant she was not alone in […]

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Friends at Camp—And Beyond

by Anna Birch

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Camp is often the launching pad for deep, long-term friendships. Let’s face it: even though we all have good intentions of keeping up with our camp besties throughout the year, it’s easier said than done! But a group of Impact campers and counselors from Chimney Point have shown that it’s possible to follow through on […]

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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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Multiplying the Impact: Laying a Foundation in the Southeast

by Valerie Morby

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“If this isn’t some sort of nudge from the Lord to do this, or at least give this a lot more thought and prayer about it, I don’t know what is,” Carter ‘Nashthrill’ Myers recalls of applying to work at Pine Cove. “I still don’t really know why I did that.” We’re praying for a […]

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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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Finding Her Foundation

by Madi Telshow

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When Storye Molinar first entered the gates of Silverado as a second grader, she had no idea how much of a spiritual backbone Pine Cove would be in her life. Her sister, ten years older, had grown up going to Outback when it was the only youth camp in Columbus, and Storye was chomping at […]

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More Than a Coincidence: Alli and Alana’s Story

by Lizzie Klein

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Every week at Pine Cove, hundreds of counselors pray for God to move in mighty ways in their cabins. Of course, God hears every single one of those prayers and answers them all in different ways! Often that looks like the Lord intentionally putting a counselor in a camper’s life who understands exactly what they […]

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An Open Door

by Jenny Sowers

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“It truly is my dream job and I was able to get this position way ahead of the game. It was the complete opening of a door that didn’t make sense,” Kayla shares as she reflects on her experience of getting hired as a practicum student at the HOPE Child and Family Center of Texas. […]

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A Pine Cove Homecoming

by Katelyn Sullins

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Homecoming in Texas is no joke. We bring out the Texas-sized mums, roll out the bands, decorate the halls, and all gather around with excitement for those Friday night lights. You know the feeling (or can remember it with some nostalgia). The people you know and love all in one place, the eager anticipation, the […]

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It All Points Back To Him

by Valerie Morby

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There are Pine Cove families, and then there are PINE COVE families. If you were born into the latter, you’ll undoubtedly relate to the Ummels: Shannon and her husband David met while working at Pine Cove in the 1980s. Their children have grown up attending summer camp at Pine Cove. Their oldest daughter, Lauren, just […]

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