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Pine Valley Christian Camp

MOTR Annual Retreat :: Baptism

6 men stepped up to declare their faith in Christ publicly. the water was cold but it couldnt dampen the spirits of the men who wanted to get baptized.  brother will shared from Gods Word and pastor ronnie had the honor of baptizing the men.  God is moving up at camp…praise God!

2011 Men of the Rock Retreat :: More of Him, Less of Me

fall is in the air up at pine valley conference center.  the men of the rock are back for the 2011 mens retreat.  this years theme is more of Him, less of me.  pray for the men this weekend that God be Lord of their lives.

after eden led worship

ebo elder shared from Gods Wordfriday nite…must be roasted pig!  thank you to supreme catering for blessing the men!

God at work…

2010 mens retreat

terry, dieter and i were recently at the men of the rock retreat at pine valley.  it was a huge blessing… you can see some of the photos we took at the rock website or by going HERE.

dieter in action

dr tim elmore, this years main speaker

to learn more about dr tim elmore you can visit www.growingleaders.com

rock epic san diego summer camp

summer camp was a blast.  check out this video they made…then you can go to the rock website to see the photo gallery or just go HERE


2009 Men’s Retreat: Praising Him!

i started this blog sat nite at this years mens retreat…2 weeks ago now.  ive looked at all the pics jim and i took at the retreat, a few pics.  God continues to show me what a blessing it was to be there once again.  i think ive been to every retreat the motr (men of the rock) has put on, and every year its different and it can be a challenge to not see it for what it is… that the retreat is an opportunity to get away and be with God.  to worship and commune, to listen, and for me its a time to check for directions.  to make sure im heading in the direction that God wants for me.

when tommy asked on friday nite of the retreat, how many men were at their first mens retreat, it looked like 75%-80% of the men raised their hands.  that blew me away.  and it got me pumped up.  i had the privilege of being here to document what God was going to do in the lives of these men.

i tell the team often that id rather they be obedient to God, and not take pics, than they take pics and be disobedient to God.  theres always time to take pics, if its time to worship and pray, thats by far the better choice.  so as i was shooting, im always conscience of that, am i in Gods perfect will…am i shooting for him or for me, am i shooting what He wants me to show folks.

it was truly a blessing to be at this years mens retreat.  as i was capturing what God was doing, i couldnt help but praise Him.  strange in my mind, that i can praise Him with my camera, taking pics of these men, who were praising God.  it was a thought id never really considered.  im a firm believer in the fact that we can praise and worship God in everything we do, but id never really considered the fact that in documenting His work, i can worship Him.

after all, my desire and our desire as a team is to honor Him as we document His Work.  a praise offering in the form of images taken with my camera.  understanding that the gift of photography, the gear He provides, the ability to see…its ALL from Him!   Praise God!

ive chosen a few more pics that have stood out to me, i hope it blesses yall as it has been a blessing to look at these pics again.

to see more pics from this years retreat, please visit the rock photo-galleries or click HERE.

Rock Academy Fall Camps

camp has come and gone, but there are still pics to be seen…and finally there are some high school pics posted!   follow the links below each image to see pics from each camp.  it was a blessing for all of us photo peeps to be there to document what God is doing at the Rock Academy.  Praise God!

For High School Camp pics at Pine Valley Conference Center please go HERE

Jr High Camp pics from Young Life’s Oakbridge, please go HERE

For 6th Grade Camp pics at Indian Hills please check HERE

id like to take thank publicly Terry Schwartz and Malia Dadez, Rock Photographers who took some time out of there busy schedules to come and help take pics at camp this fall.  Well done shooters!

2009 Men of the Rock Retreat

Camp Rock…Academy: High School Years

The day was filled with fun as evidenced by the laughter and smiles of the Rock High School kids.

They ran off in different directions in their free time to play football, volleyball, archery, and the challenge of the low elements course and the breath taking, sky high obstacle course of the high elements where they took a measure of themselves and learn a little about trusting the Lord as they sometimes dangled 30 feet above the ground.

After a delicious dinner of steamed veggies, and lasagna they went to Windfield Hall for worship and an inspirational testimony from their Volleyball coach about seeking and finding GOD. I was impressed by these teenagers as they worshiped and listened intently to the message.

Teenagers that face a world that is none too kind, with pressures and problems unimaginable when I was in High School. These young Christians look around at life in the 21st Century and instead of throwing up their hands in surrender they throw up their hands in worship and praise, and instead of escaping into a world of drugs and a drunken stupor they fall on their knees and pray. Praying to a GOD that they know loves and hears them.