As Tuesday before camp meeting rolls into Wednesday, people start arriving, and looking for their spot. For some it's been the same site for years. Others are brand new and here for the first time. Either way everyone will be met with prayer, friendly people helping with last minute details, before getting an escort to their site.
There are some who love for trained drivers to take over the rig to park it. Others like to demonstrate their own skill and are not about to let anyone take over their vehicle for this important maneuvering!
Once Thursday, the day of the first meeting, arrives, most campers are in place and you can see how incredibly crowded the fields have become. But even when it is all full, people still keep coming through Friday too.
In the back stage area we are laying "grass" to make the green room look a little green. iPhone chargers are set up, the makeup area put in place, monitors positioned and particularly fiddly this year was the iPad with the countdown clock relaying the time to the tv booth and the speaker on the platform. But by the time 6:30 pm Thursday comes around, those involved in the first program start arriving.
We are up and running, and the constant stream of really talented people come through the white tents, onto the platform to share, and then off the other side - I estimate at least 600 individual people enter and exit during the meetings in the main auditorium. Sometimes it's the whole group of Primary kids, some are musicians, and of course preachers. But among the most special are those sharing their story of walking with Jesus over the last year.
Here's a picture of one of my church members, Becky Buller (second from left), sharing a little of our Hallowed House project.