California Parks Ministry
Well today I got back from Sacramento with Earnie the current chaplain at Calaveras Big Tree to attend a board meeting with the California Parks Ministry. I went to learn more about the organization and so they could meet me, sense I sent my application in for Calaveras Big Trees State Park Chaplain because Earnie was stepping down from the position so he could travel more as chaplain for CPM. The meeting was from 9:00an to 2:00pm, I learned a lot about the organization and its connection with the Kiwanis. CPM is a state wide org. to encourage and build up the saints when visiting the state parks, most chaplains are pastors of many different denomination who are given a week of vacation by CPM to stay in one of the state parks and is asked to speak on Sunday, others are chaplain volunteers who will visit a park or travel to different parks through the summer to be a chaplain and speaker while they stay at the park, time very form 1 week, short term, to 16 weeks which are the long the chaplains,site paid by CPM. Then there is me, the Camp Host who can stay at the parks for free at the parks and have two rolls Chaplain, Camp Host, and how does this work with the separation of church and state?
Well the meeting went well and around noon the President and the Ex.Director asked me if I would be on the board of Directors (SHOCK) me, who me, are you talking to someone else so I turned around to see if there was someone near me, I said me, you don't even know me!!!! They said that they had received my application and resume and some of my references had already sent in information on me and Earnie talked very highly of me, so yes they said, would you like to be on the board of directors, I said I just came here to learn more about your organization, but let me pray about it and talk it over with my wife and I will contact you soon. they said we only have board meeting twice a your so we need to vote, so the did and every one voted me in, contingent on my acceptance in a few days.
Then the meeting started talking about other things like budget and retiring board member and the they mentioned wanting to make a new promotional DVD but no one knew how to and it wasn't in the budget to hire some one, so I raised my hand and said "I do that" and every one was astonished, so I said I will do that for you, then they were talking about wanting to have a web site www.californiaparkministries.com separate from the Kiwanis but linked to theirs, so I raised my hand and said "I do that", so I am setting that up for them and design a web site for them. then they said we want a blog site to be our calender and communications with in CPM, so I raised my hand and said "I do that" so guess what I will be doing that also. I can't understand why God is SO GRACIOUS to me?
Then the meeting ended and I started talking Chaplaincy and I found out that the next park we go to McGrath State Beach has a Christian park ranger, which I knew, and he wants a year round chaplain at the park. The summer chaplain left for the summer and I will be there in two weeks, and I may be the chaplain for the time we are there through Jan 06. I guess we will be working all the details and training and materials whan we I arrive at McGrath..... I COULD NOT HAVE ORCHESTRATED THIS ON MY BEST DAY......IT IS SOME MUCH ALL GOD.....
PRAY FOR US, That Gods will would be done.............
So Vicki and I have prayed and talked it over and we will move forward with all the above... Praise God