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Category: Stories


It All Points Back To Him

by Valerie MorbyPosted Mar 19, 2021

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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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Camper and Counselor Reunited: Teresa and Kathy’s Story

by Elizabeth MoorePosted Mar 16, 2021

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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 MoorePosted Mar 16, 2021

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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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Bigger Than Our Barriers: Sofika’s Story

by Emily HarmonPosted Feb 17, 2021

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Scaling your way to the top of a huge climbing wall. Trying out a daring flip on the bungee trampoline. Making your way up, around, and over an inflatable obstacle course. Each of these Pine Cove City activities may seem challenging at first, but every year campers and counselors face them head on, breaking down […]

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Camp Quarantino: Doing It To The Full

by Valerie MorbyPosted Jan 25, 2021

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Just like the rest of the world, Mindy Van Andel watched the pandemic news closely this past spring. Early on, she had an idea that the coronavirus would somehow impact camp. Her kids weren’t scheduled to attend youth camp for four more months, but the Lord was already stirring something inside her, whispering for her […]

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Walking in Faith: Caitlin’s Story

by Savannah PittengerPosted Dec 21, 2020

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The summer of 2018 was a season of grief and hope for Caitlin Keeney, but she was reminded of the Lord’s promises through a hang time with her counselor, Anna Joy, or “Oovoo Javier.” Caitlin grew up in Tyler, Texas, spending many of her summers as a Pine Cove camper. Camp became a refuge for […]

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Many Miles for Simple Smiles: Caleb Kirk’s Story

by Mattie StewartPosted Sep 22, 2020

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As Caleb Kirk navigated the twists and turns of his freshman year at Auburn University, he slowly began to realize that he was craving something. He did not know what this yearning was for, but he knew there was something missing, a void to be filled. The following summer, he watched in awe as the […]

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Summer Recap 2020

by Kristen MurphyPosted Aug 13, 2020

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It’s no secret that this summer didn’t look anything like we expected it would! But of course—God was still at work. Join our Chief Ministry Officer Craig “Dutch” Langemeier as he recaps and reflects on summer 2020, thanks you for your support, and shares a story of just one of the many lives transformed by […]

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Wrecked by Grace: Emily’s Story

by Elizabeth MoorePosted Jul 9, 2020

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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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Favorite Camper Quotes So Far

by Anna BirchPosted Jul 2, 2020

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A week (or two!) of camp can be the catalyst for major life change in a camper. God uses everything from Bible study to songs at Club to activity classes and more to soften hearts. One of our favorite things is getting to hear from campers and parents about what they learned during their stay. […]

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