Bambi Lake…a spiritual destination

by Phyllis Harbaugh


ROSCOMMON, MI – It was the 1960’s when I went to Bambi Lake for the first time. It was a long drive and I remember the excitement and anticipation I felt as we arrived at the registration building. For the first time I was in a place where I felt safe and wanted to stay. The music, lessons, and sermons inspired me to trust God more and challenged me to trust God for everything.



I carried deep family secrets that often left me feeling helpless and a victim to things I could not change. Year after year I would return for camp. It was at Bambi that I met people who would greet me with a smile or kind word, encourage me, pray with me and help me refocus. I knew I was loved and accepted and somehow, I knew God was there. I always left my burdens and came home closer to God.


I have returned yearly, whether going to retreats, camping in the campground, or just visiting for a short time. My childhood excitement and anticipation returns every time I arrive at the entrance.


I have returned yearly, whether going to retreats, camping in the campground, or just visiting for a short time. My childhood excitement and anticipation returns every time I arrive at the entrance.


This year (60 years later) I was able to serve at Bambi for 3 weeks. Just as many people blessed me through the years, I wanted to give back. My prayer and mission were to be the one who might make a difference in the lives of those who came for retreats and camps those 3 weeks.


Bambi Lake belongs to the Southern Baptist Churches in Michigan. Our churches support the camp through financial giving, and by going there for events, retreats, and camps. It is not just a great place to visit, it is a spiritual destination…a place to “get away” from the stresses of life and meet God.


Don’t miss out on the things God can do in your life through Bambi Lake!


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Phyllis Harbaugh is a missionary to the Deaf in Michigan. Her husband, Herb, has been the Lead Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sterling Heights, MI since 1983. She is a mother of 3 daughters, 3 son-in laws, and 6 grandchildren.





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