Summer is in full swing with 6 SMRM Summer missionaries serving in Gatlinburg, pigeon forge, and Sevierville. Ministry activities include day camps in local campgrounds, craft booths at theme parks, dinners for international students, and Sunday services in 12 locations. Check out…Read More »
7:45 a.m. “Why do we do what we do? Why is it important to pay attention to program details and program presentation? What happens when we function with program purpose? How does our program action translate into ministry action? What is required within us to enable the transition to take place? Reflect on your best ministry moments of the summer….How were they made real?” These questions by Bill Black to our summer staff were part of an early morning staff meeting. “Bill questions” are common at all hours and have the goal of moving us from good to great. The staff were to pray, reflect, and respond in writing. 9:00 a.m. “We’re so glad you chose us to be part of your staff experience.” This statement was made by a friend whose business is hosting us for a staff dinner at the end of the summer. 9:30 “Being the owner of Imagination Mountain Camp-Resort, we are glad to work with Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries. Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries has brought the Holy Spirit to our resort for 12 years. To have a ministry in a campground resort is amazing. God bless Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries.” Dave Landry 10:00 “Jesus gave Peter a do-over.” Heard by Bill as he visited children’s day camps. The mission team was leading a day camp in Adventure Bound campground. The Bible study teacher was telling the story of Jesus relating to his disciples after his resurrection —the story of Jesus and the miraculous catch of fish (John 21: 1-18) The children acted out the story as they casts their reels on one side of the boat and then the other and caught fish. They called out loud and pretended to be Peter jumping in the lake and swimming to shore. They listened and learned about forgiveness and commission from Jesus as he reinstated Peter. They listed examples of their parents giving them second chances. Jesus gave Peter a do-over! 11:00 “Our cry from planning to fulfillment (of our mission trip) is that the hand of the Lord shows our way and that we follow. We ask him to grow our relationship with him and make us stronger than we were before in our relationship with him and one another.” Christy Bailey, mission group leader of Milan Baptist Church Bill and Christy were visiting in Greenbrier Campground as Milan Baptist Church ended its week of mission with us. Christy shared the way they had seen God at work in lives of children and adults in the campgrounds all week. Then she shared the heart of commitment in the team. 12:00 “I pray for you every day—that God gives you wisdom and words in all that you are dealing with.” Bill to the mayor of Gatlinburg—when they met at the gas station 12:40 p.m. “Yes, I took time to eat...Read More »
It’s summer time in our mountains.
Tourists have returned to our Great Smoky Mountains from all over the world to enjoy the beautiful setting that Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge provide. Folks flock to campgrounds, wanting to find peace, relaxation and to be rejouvinated.
Most never expect to encounter their Creator. Yet because of a day camp, a worship service, or even a sand art cross, those who come to find themselves, end up finding the one died for them.
Moments like these are happening every day.Read More »
It is that time of year! We are all sending and receiving greeting cards to friends and family. From our family to yours, we say “GREETINGS FROM GATLINBURG!” Cindy Black has done an excellent job again at orchestrating the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministry (SMARM) Festival of Trees. The city of Gatlinburg is always pleased to showcase the many beautifully (and creatively) decorated trees. We are thankful for each of you and wish you were here to be in our photo. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and have a wonderful Christmas!...Read More »
When the scriptures say that Jesus rose early in the morning to meet with God, I have to wonder if it was ever below freezing outside. If so, Jesus might have uttered a brief prayer and quick song from deep within where it was still warm. This weekend brought a stunning snowfall and frost in the higher elevations. A magnificent display of God’s creative work blanketed the mountains as the deep fall colors of the lower regions contrasted with the pristine white frost above. Several guests from LeConte Lodge joined us in an extraordinary sunrise worship at Myrtle Point this past Sunday. We found encouragement in Psalm 30 as we read “… weeping may last through the night but joy comes in the morning.” For many of us, we were hurting, we were tired, we were cold. But to be sitting on the mountain point, high above the world bustling below, we experienced the joy of Lord- giving us reason to sing in thanks for His never ending goodness in our...Read More »