GPBA & WOBA March 2021 SWBCA NEWSLETTER
WHO WE ARE
Southwest Baptist Churches Assembly is a Christian campground facility owned by two Baptist Associations of local churches. Our mission is to have a safe environment to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and give believers an opportunity to grow in their relationship with Him.
We accomplish our mission by providing a facility for large and small groups to meet for weeklong camp events, as well as for shorter retreats or meetings. The entire campground may be rented or a single cabin with sleeping and cooking accommodations may be rented for church, group, and family events.
In keeping with our mission all groups must agree with our Statement of Faith and code of conduct.
The camp is owned by the churches of Great Plains Baptist Association and Western Oklahoma Baptist Association
HISTORY OF SWBCA
The immediate purpose was to provide a camp for that summer. The far-reaching purpose, however, was to give Southwestern Oklahoma a Baptist encampment that could serve the district. The first two years (1945-1946) recorded over 500 in attendance each year.
From 1945 to1951, they rented property for camp from Quartz Mountain State Park. Then in 1952, the camp was incorporated and began a long-term lease on the current property, which was purchased in 1984.
Currently approximately 2,000 campers are on the property annually.
ADOPT A CABIN OR PROJECT AT CAMP
Altus Reformed Baptist Church adopted the staff cabins and have been working hard on the remodel
FBC Sayre sent a group to help paint the dining hall
FBC Sayre Men are rebuilding the bridge
Father's Day Offering
The SWBCA Board of Directors voted to ask our churches to receive a Fathers’ Day Offering for the operational support of the campground. Each church is encouraged to participate by providing the special offering
envelopes and promoting this time of giving. If every church member would contribute just $5, our operational budget for the entire year would be met!
Thank you for planning ahead to participate this year. Envelopes and posters will be sent to your church in early May. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.
Director of Missions for GPBA
When I was a child, I never missed an opportunity to jump in a puddle of water, wad through a creek or jump into a pond. When I began to do my own laundry, this practice stopped immediately. I didn’t have the responsivity for my clothes as a child and never thought about how my actions affected others. I learned to walk on the rocks, shore and take bridges.
First Baptist Church in Sayre, under the leadership of David Epp had torn down the old bridge to the, “Brown Cabin” and erected a new bridge to the cabin. We all know that water is rare under the bridge, but when it does rain and the valley has water there, we have a problem. I’m grateful for their hard work and effort.
Southwest Baptist Assembly is a bridge for our children as they prepare for adolescents and adulthood. Many children have passed over the bridge of SWBCA to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior, some have recommitted their lives and others have answered the call to vocational ministry by crossing the bridge at camp. I’m not talking about the bridge they are making today, but the bridge of life symbolically.
As we continue to bridge our children’s relationship with Jesus at SWBCA remember to pray, participate, promote and plan for camp.
Mark 10:13-16 NASB 13 And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” 16 And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.
Grateful for you,