From:                                         Jake & Leah Andersen <>

Sent:                                           Tuesday, September 14, 2021 2:20 PM

To:                                               First Baptist Church

Subject:                                     Seasons of change


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It's Almost Fall at Forest Springs!

This September finds us in a collision of seasons in ministry and life. In the past week or two, a few of our activities have included:

  • Prepping for and instructing a Hunter Safety course at Forest Springs

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

This verse has come to mind so many times in the past year...Our needs and circumstances keep shifting and changing, yet our personal God has infinite power and wisdom to meet us and sustain us through each need, inviting us into his very nature. This is good news!

Since we have not sent an update in several months, we will hit the highlights for you in ministry and at home.




- A new playground! Jake helped work with the team to design this new space that we hope will be a blessing to our campers for many years!

- Leah helped again with the 3-4 year old class during family camps. She wrote curriculum, invented crafts, and helped to create a great experience for some of our littlest campers.

- Whenever Jake cooks a “Wrangler’s Breakfast” for our family campers, one of the kids gets to join in as a Jr. Wrangler. Often the rest of our family comes along too.

- A full summer of kids camp, wilderness trips, and family campers with over 3000 campers.

- New LTD students that arrived in June and new Trailhead students who just arrived in September.

- The first summer of ministry at Cedar Bay, and the addition of a fourth ministry site - Wood Lake Camp & Retreat Center.





We recently cleared out our van’s “summer trunk”, which was filled with swimming, baseball, and fishing gear, always at the ready. Our piled up trunk sort of symbolizes what sort of things we were up to as a family this summer. While I (Leah) had intentions of our days/weeks being more “structured” with pockets of educational projects and consistent read-alouds, I have realized that our life of ministry and family doesn’t always allow for consistency or regularity during the summer. And that’s ok. The kids learn other things as they recreate, as well as when they tag along with us to camp, and help in various capacities.

The kids are settling into school rhythms nicely, as Lucas and Will dove into the public education world, and Ava and Natalie are learning at home. God’s rich mercy and grace are necessities in each setting, and we are thankful for the growth He has in store for each of us this year. 

Another big highlight for us, is that we are expecting a BABY GIRL around Thanksgiving! We are thrilled to add her to the mix, and can’t wait to see what kind of person the Lord has placed into our life. 



- Gospel focus in our ministry and family. It can be so easy to let personal desires and lesser things consume our time and energy. We need intentionality and boldness to stay the course.

- Jake would love to have an extra staff or two in his department, to help with the increasing needs of four sites. If you know of anyone who is creative and looking for a job, let us know!

- Provision of 2 pastors for our local church (lead pastor and youth pastor). We are trusting God in his good timing, but feel the need for these leaders.

- Grace over our household as we add another little one. The older sibs are beyond excited to meet and help care for their little sister, but we know there is always an adjustment period, and we will need extra patience with the crew.

As always, we love hearing from you, and love praying for you, so please reach out and let us know how you are doing!



Here's a glimpse of our summer at Forest Springs.
Jake leads the team that created this peek into the summer staff at camp.





Jake, Leah, Lucas, Will, Ava, Natalie, and Baby Girl
The Andersens

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