Thy Kingdom Come!

Dear Everest Families in Christ,

Hello! I hope that this email finds you well as winter wears on. I would like to share with you the story of Camp Mountaineer 2015, as well as a little secret just for parents. (The camp takes place from June 21-28, 2015, at Everest Academy.)

The theme of this year’s camp is “The Battle of Eight Armies”. (You may have seen the battle of five armies…) The campers will compete as teams of dwarves, hobbits, men, or elves to rack up points and earn their costumes. The great treasure under the mountain is thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes, enough to fill up a room!

But here’s the catch – and what the kids aren’t supposed to know yet.

As they gain points and purchase prizes at the end of camp, they will be giving them away to patients in a children’s hospital – and in full costume! Just as the dwarves, overcoming their greed, brought prosperity and peace to elves, men, and dwarves, the kids will have a first-hand and memorable experience of the joys of generosity.

The inspiration comes from a friend of mine, Jarrett Mynear. He was diagnosed with cancer 6 times, had two bone marrow transplants, suffered rounds of chemotherapy, lost his lower right leg – he struggled with cancer from age 2 until he finally succumbed at age 13. He knew what it meant to spend time in the hospital, which can be lonely and scary. He also knew that it helps to know that someone cares. So in his compassion for others, he developed “Jarrett’s Joy Cart”.

Jarrett would collect toys and visit the patients, room-by-room, providing new toys to children in hospitals in hope of bringing a little joy to the patients and their families. His generosity while suffering the final stages of cancer has inspired me to give my life to God as a priest. If there is someone that I can say was a living saint that I myself knew, it is Jarrett. I want to provide that same experience of joy through generosity for each one of the young men who come to Camp Mountaineer this year.

You can find more information and register at our website, and follow us on our Facebook page. For those who would like to help us purchase toys for this event, please contribute through this link, or ship new toys directly to:

Br Kevin Gore, LC

Everest Academy

5935 Clarkston Rd,

Clarkston, MI 48348

God bless you all, and I will keep you in my prayers! (And please remember, the kids aren’t supposed to know about the hospital just yet.)