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Catching up with Campers On Mission

by Cindy Truesdale

ROSCOMMON, MI – We are praising God for bringing us through so much in the month of August. Rick had a total knee replacement surgery on August 9th as planned. On August 16th, I was admitted to the hospital for four days with a blockage in the heart. Thankfully, a stent was implanted, and I too am on the mend. We both have a couple of other issues that need attending to, so we appreciate your prayers in these days.

Thank you all for bearing with us as we have had to have a few weeks off to take care of ourselves. As we continue to heal, we are even more excited to get to our “little piece of heaven on earth” at Bambi Lake Baptist Camp in October and keep on mission with MI COM.


Bambi Lake Repairs

Monday, October 18 - Saturday morning, October 23, 2021

We will have a list of chores and maintenance jobs ready for everyone to jump in to help Bambi Lake Camp make repairs and close for the winter. Our workday will begin at 9:00 a.m. and we end around 3:00 p.m. For MI COM Members who come to work, camping fees are waived and meals are provided. Please note that we will not be making the big breakfasts as before, but will have continental style foods available. Bambi Lake Camp provides lunch and dinner for registered workers.


MI COM Auction

To raise money for MI COM expenses, we will be holding an auction for various items. In fact, we ask that you bring any items you would like to donate to the auction. The items can be used but functional, dorky but fun, anything you can’t sell in your garage sale. What you think is worthless or maybe $1, the bidding war might raise it to $25 or $200. Who knows what valuable things you need to get rid of? Pad your wallet and be ready to bid, too.


2022 COM National Rally

June 7-9, 2022

North Florida Fairgrounds

Tallahassee FL

This will be the Golden 50th Anniversary of COM. “Renew in 2022” will be the theme. Mark your calendars, start saving your money for travel, and be ready to register when it’s available. More information will follow as we get it.


Ladies Sewing Event Update

A wonderful group of ladies came to Heritage Baptist Church in Grand Blanc on August 2nd to sew for the day. We accomplished several projects. We made pillows and personal bags for foster and refugee children and made burp pads for the little babies.

We look for new ideas of simple, but usable projects to add to our future. Also, we accept donations of material to help cut costs. Thanks to Barb Richmond for donating 2 crates full of material! We always have a great time chatting and laughing as we work, as well as a nice luncheon.

If you missed this opportunity, stay tuned for the next one. If you don’t sew, we will teach you or find other things you can do to help, like stuffing bears or pillows.


Great is His Faithfulness

by Brandi Dyke

As we walk with the Lord in servanthood, we face an incredible journey of triumph, victory, and perseverance through faith in Christ Jesus. However, within these trials, we face adversity, disappointments, and opposition that often surfaces confusion.

When our circumstances shift into a realm of unknown, we are habitually tempted to formulate an understanding that is, for us, unfathomable; thus, leaving us not only mentally exhausted, but mentally, physically, and spiritually burdened by our doubts and fears. This is nothing less than an entrapment from the Enemy.

While it is difficult to know whether our sufferings are from the Lord or the Enemy, and this may consequently cause us to doubt His love, we can trust in knowing that He works all things out for our good.

Furthermore, as we allow our trials to draw us closer into our relationship with the Lord, as opposed to push us away, He will faithfully bring us through anything that comes up against us.

Therefore, we can rest in knowing that He will see us through the ever-changing seasons of this life, and that He will use everything that we endure to sharpen us in His purpose for our lives.

Brandi & Jon Dyke

MI COM Members

Since 10/31/20

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Rick and Cindy Truesdail have been married for 29 years. Together they have 5 children and 14 grandchildren. During their early years together, they worked as leaders of a Single Adult Ministry. Rick is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a licensed SBC minister. He served as Associate Pastor with a Spanish-speaking church in Flint for 10 years and Cindy served as the Pastoral Assistant. They are active members at Heritage Baptist Church, Grand Blanc, and Presidents of Campers on Mission in their retirement.


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