Good ole Sardis Lake Christian Camp near Oxford, MS has been on my mind lately. What an incredible place with awesome memories for me. I spent a wonderful part of my life there.
Much has changed there since I literally rolled in sitting on top of a joy bus (I had to lift up the sign that then hung over the entrance so it would not dent the bus!). Back then there was no such thing as hot water. Primitive and rustic don’t even do justice to what the camp was like back in the ancient of days. If I recall there were only three or four sessions. I actually once served as a counselor at a session that had 21 people total! (It was a blast too.) The only thing left over from those days are a few cabins, parts of the arts and craft shed, boys bath house and what is now the “Hilton.”
I was privileged to direct first session for twelve years. For those who remember- first session was “simply the best.” lol Throughout my SLCC days God blessed my life with so many people- too numerous to name (because I would leave some out)- some of whom became life-long friends. I remember watching young people grow up in the Lord to become leaders in their own right. What a joy those memories are.
SLCC has and continues to be a blessing for hundreds of people- young and old. I thank God for the part its ministry played in my life and how it continues to influence today.
I have not been to a session at SLCC since 2000. My involvement in the camp in Lithuania and our subsequent move there (and then here to Florida) separated me from SLCC. But God willing, I plan to go back this summer with my daughter, Taylor, who is now old enough to attend. Hopefully and prayerfully my oldest daughter, Natalie, will be able to join us as one of the nurses during the third session (which my cousin Kenny Jackson still directs).
So get ready Joe Lee Rudd! I am looking forward to the reunion.