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Rachel Closs

  • Ponderosa 2017

    One of our staff members told me a story about how she was sitting on the stage with our speaker, Brad Bell, after chapel when a girl camper came up and began talking to them. She asked Brad, “So, does God choose us or do we choose Him?” Brad replied with a smile, “YES.” It […]

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  • Ponderosa: Summer 2016 Recap

    Oftentimes at Hume we are on the search for stories of how camper’s lives have changed. Even when I find myself writing up an article for Hume News, I am trying to find and think through the coolest stories I have heard this summer. However, the story that has stuck with me was from one […]

    0 comment October 3, 2016

  • Hume International: Thailand & Papua New Guinea

    One of my favorite things about Hume Lake is its commitment to sharing the gospel not only here in the states but also abroad. I was so pumped to be able to join Hume International as we brought camp to over 400 junior high and high school missionary kids in northern Thailand. It was an […]

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  • Ponderosa

    Below are two simple stories. However, when you read closely and envision experiencing the life change firsthand, they become more awe-inspiring… An Excerpt From a Counselor’s Email We have about five guys in our youth group who have been disruptive and for lack of a better term troublemakers since their freshman year. They have come […]

    0 comment October 9, 2015

  • Exposing Campers to International Missions

    Harvest India Our hope at Hume is that each person coming into contact with this global ministry will devote their lives in service to our Lord Jesus at home and abroad. One of the ways we try to achieve this mission is through focusing on an international ministry each summer in hopes to expose students […]

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  • Hume Goes to Papua New Guinea

    Every other fall, Hume raises funds, packs bags of rec gear, video equipment, opener costumes and props, obtains visas and plane tickets and heads off to the far ends of the world, to Papua New Guinea to run a camp for missionary students. A few facts about Papua New Guinea: it’s located right above Australia, […]

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  • Summer Theme 2014: AXE

    What are You Living to Make Known? In most good stories there is a defining moment, a point at which something or someone is revealed or identified, a point of no return. As you watch a movie or listen to a story, you wait and eagerly anticipate what this turning point will be and then […]

    2 comments July 3, 2014

  • Ponderosa

    Our week ends with students going up to a place called Victory Circle to worship and reflect on what God did in their lives in the past week. We give them the opportunity to stand, and with only one sentence, summarize the life change that has happened. “I have hope that I can go home […]

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  • Taking Hume to Papua New Guinea

    Missionary Kids Get the Hume Experience “Jesus, thank you so much for the Hume Lake team and their willingness to come serve all the way here in Papua New Guinea. They’ve truly given us the greatest gift one could give us by ministering and loving our kids and for that I am so grateful…Amen.” When […]

    1 comment January 3, 2013

  • Ponderosa Worship

    The Phantastical Journey of the Wandering Lites

    GOD IS SUFFICIENT I was recently sitting with a dear friend in one of Hume’s adirondack chairs overlooking the lake. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny afternoon…the kind of day that feels like you could just sit and look at God’s incredible masterpiece of a landscape for hours and hours. As we sat there catching […]

    0 comment June 29, 2012