The Weekly High-5

Our God is powerful and caring, and an abundant giver.  

Each week we share five high points so that you can praise and thank the Lord with us.  We recognize that some weeks are easier than others, and some are downright challenging, but this is a good exercise for us as staff to identify and proclaim the goodness of God as we experience it.

Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;

    let us exalt his name together.

-Psalm 34:3

Below you'll find our most recent High-5, 

along with those from the past couple of months.

Praise God with us!  You can click this link to learn more about who we are as staff.


  • Week of April 19, 2020

    leftarrow Pictured: Some of our volunteers connected via Zoom last week! It was so great to hear from them and we're so so thankful for the love and care they pour into this place and for each other. 

    Camp: Thankful for lots of yard work getting done by Randy and Ken! Gardens and greenhouses and groceries, oh my!

    Broughtons: "I’m thankful for bread that shows up each time just when I need it. Almost like manna, it seems to providentially arrive. Sometimes for function, and sometimes for flavour. God is good to me. “Give us this day our daily bread…" -Derek

    Lockharts: "Rain and sunshine 🌞. Our varied and talented staff.."    -Randy

    "Pender Island ,  Sunshine, Gardens and beautiful flowers. Also our wonderful 4 sons" -Diane

    Allison:  "Thankful for caring mentors and mercy."

    Luke: "Access to good education and great services even during this time."

  • Week of April 12, 2020

    leftarrow Pictured:   You have value! We may not be able to be together, but life is still brimming with purpose and meaning. 

    Camp: Thankful for a great community of camp folks in the BC Camping Association and the Fellowship of Christian Camps who are willing to help one another and meet together regularly. 

    Broughtons: "I’m grateful for the story of the resurrection and the opportunities we’ve had to teach it to our son.  It brings on new meaning to me, and it’s great to listen to Sarah explaining parts and for Ezra to grasp it and reference it.  🎵“Jesus came back, the very next day.  They thought He was a goner, but Jesus came back...”🎵

    I’m also thankful for all of the recent sunshine that’s enabled us to enjoy some much-needed adventuring over the weekend.  We’re blessed to get to take in all this nature!"           -Derek

    Lockharts: "I am thankful for resurrection week And all the wonderful online bible study and church services I am also thankful for Zoom and FaceTime." -Diane

    Allison"I'm thankful that life can be made new." 

    Luke:  "Thankful for friends and family."

  • Week of March 29, 2020

    leftarrowPictured: Zoom highfive! We're thankful for technologies that help us connect while self-isolating.  

    Camp: We're thankful for our supporters who are lifting us up in prayer and supporting us financially during this time. Thankful that God is our provider, and we can trust him. 

    Broughtons: "I’m thankful for a hopeful, helpful, and creative team to troubleshoot these challenging times with. I’m also really thankful for Zoom™️ and other technologies that allow us to stay connected remotely. It’s not the same as consistently being in-person, but it’s a pretty great alternative." -Derek

    Lockharts: "I’m thankful for the safety of this island 🌴. I’m thankful for family both immediate and away knowing they're healthy and loving our Lord." -Randy

    "I am thankful for the wonderful community of people on Pender Island. There is no where else I would rather be in these strange days of Covid 19. I am thankful for the daily 7pm Pender howl a fabulous and wonderful way of connecting with others in isolation. I am also thankful for all the great creative ways of online bible study and church. God is good 💖🙏" -Diane

    Luke: "I'm thankful for my health and good facilities and entertainment to spend my isolation in."

    Allison: "I'm thankful for Lauren, Andrea, and Maxine the cat- the quarantine queens." 

  • Week of March 15, 2020

    leftarrowPictured: Little Maxine takes a cozy nap! Working from home and from socially distant places has it's perks! 

    Camp:  Thankful for a creative team who seeks to serve and minister to our community in unique ways during this time. Thanks Jesus, that nothing can stop your peace and love. 

    Broughtons: "A full year of Naomi! Wow, what a year it has been. God, thanks for bringing that precious baby into the world last March, and for the girl she has become in the past twelve months. She brings so much joy to our lives!" -Derek

    Lockharts:  "What a beautiful wonderful world we live in. I’m thankful to be a part of it on this island 🌴" -Randy

    "I am thankful that in all these strange and uncertain times, that God is in control of it all."-Diane

    Allison: "Thankful for super cool people in the camp industry, friends who call often, for social media, music, this glorious sunshine, flowers, creativity, cashiers at the grocery store, medical professionals on the front lines, health, love, birds singing, laughter, Spring, beauty, teachers. Life is a dear and precious gift."  

  • Week of March 8, 2020

    leftarrowPictured: Dino high five on Allison's desk. There's no end to the fun random things you can find on her desk! It's basically an "I Spy" book!

    Camp: Thankful for so many Spring projects happening around camp these days, more sunlight in the evenings, and fewer rainy days.

    Broughtons: "I’m really grateful for Pete, our field director, who’s been really kind and helpful to me in this process of learning the ins and outs of my new role. It’s been really great to know that I can just call him up any time to ask questions, and that he’s got my back." -Derek

     "I'm thankful for the cherry trees that have been blossoming this month!" -Sarah

    Lockharts: "I’m thankful for the opportunity to meet other believers outside of my regular circles." -Randy

    Allison: "I'm thankful for the opportunity to go to Calgary and connect with friends. I'm also so so thankful for Pender, Hope Bay, and this glorious life I get to live with Jesus. "

  • Week of February 29, 2020

    leftarrowPictured: Luke and Ethan give a high five while doing their morning push-ups... 98...99..100...

    Camp: We're thankful for the opportunity to go to Hammond Bay Church and Friendship Community Church to do some youth group events and promotional events. So great to have the local church community supporting what we do! 

    Broughtons: We’re thankful for a generous financial gift from a friend this week.  We are blessed by how people continue to pour into us and believe us.  " -Derek

    Lockharts: "I’m thankful for Ken Lea and his steadfast willingness to help at camp and for our interns both present and past and for things that get done around our camp" -Randy

    Allison: "I'm thankful for all the travelling I'm doing this month! It's so fun to be able to adventure and also talk to so many people about Hope Bay!" 

  • Week of February 16, 2020

    leftarrowPictured: Our summer team came back for the Februareunion! It was so good to have everyone here for the weekend!

    Camp:  We're so thankful for the chance to reconnect with our team this weekend. We LOVE them so much and are thankful for the people who they are. 

    Broughtons: "Lots to be thankful for this week! The great summer team who came back for our reunion last weekend are a great reminder of how God is working in young people’s lives. The Februareunion itself was a fantastic time. It’s so great to see Naomi reaching milestones that make me proud and make me laugh! And a good dose of vitamin D from recent sunshine has made the world feel vibrant again!" -Derek

    Lockharts: "I’m thankful for the team we have and our summer staff that has come to our reunion. I’m thankful for all that they have done around our camp." -Randy

    Allison: "I'm so soo thankful for our summer team. They are glorious humans, faithful disciples, and wonderful encouragers. Keep doing what you're doing, friends, God is with you." 

  • Week of February 2, 2020

    leftarrowPictured: Some mouse trap High Fives at the BC Camping Conference this past week! This picture is featuring Tom of Lake of the Trees! 

    Camp: We're thankful for the opportunity to go to the BC Camping conference and connect with and learn from so many people in the camping industry. We got some great ideas are are dreaming about the future!

    Broughtons: "Yeah, wow. Lots to be thankful for! All the opportunities to connect with other camp reps and bounce ideas, plus awesome keynotes and workshops at the conference. And so thankful for my family that I get to go home to tonight! Can’t wait to see them after a week of being on the road!"- Derek

    Lockharts: "I’m thankful for the opportunity to meet other facilities people and to learn from their knowledge and experience" -Randy

    I am thankful for the wonderful blessing of camp family and extended family by being under the umbrella of One Hope Canada! I so enjoyed the FCC conference and the great fellowship with other Christian camps" -Diane

    Allison: "I'm so thankful for the support of the camp community and for friends from other camps who are eager to encourage and help." 

  • Week of January 26, 2020

    leftarrowPictured: Allison and Luke haul out the 'ol spider just in time to make some shirts for missions fest!

    Camp: "Thankful for all the work we've been able to  put in towards promotional and merchandise materials. We've been able to promote camp through some creative ways, and we're so excited to tell people about this wonderful place!"

    Broughtons: "We’ve got an awesome team that works together and helps each other.  It’s a privilege to work with these folks.  Thanks, God, that you’ve brought each of us here for such a time as this!" -Derek

    Lockharts: "Our wonderful family and our youngest son Matthew here visiting us." -Diane

    Allison: "Making t-shirts in middle of the night! No darkroom needed!"

Prayer Needs

We're thankful for your interest in this ministry, and your desire to pray for our needs!

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We would love your continued prayers for:

  • Campers - That our camps would fill up with many children from this region, to hear the Good News of Jesus.
  • Summer Volunteers - That God would provide all of the quality people we need to pour into our campers.
  • Ongoing Projects - such as the New Washhouse that we're building this Spring.
  • Year-Round Ministries - like the Church At Hope Bay and community involvement, as well as the Student Internship and Youth Group.
  • Full-Time / Year-Round Staff - including our workloads, missionary support, families, and spiritual/physical/emotional health.
  • Finances - That He would provide all that we need.  It takes a lot of resources to run this ministry.

We'd be blessed if you contact us to get an update and let us know that you're praying for us!