This past Friday night The River took place in Columbus. Around 150 students from around Nebraska attended the River. A highlight was hearing the story of how God brought an incredible healing to Nichole Samuelson. Two years ago Nichole started Campus Crusade for Christ at Central Community College in Columbus. This Fall she was planning to transfer to UNK, but her plans were interrupted by a terrible boating accident she had this past summer. She was hit by a prop while water skiing. Her injuries were very bad. A major artery had been severed on her femur. The quick actions of a person in the boat to stop the flow of blood saved her life. The doctors who worked on her at the Columbus hospital did not believe she would survive the life-flight to Omaha. She spent the following 2 months in an Omaha hospital where the doctors told first that she would never walk again, then told her of a long and painful recovery. However by October she was walking again without a limp. What touched me was the faith in God Nichole had every step of the way. She had incredible confidence throughout the whole time that God was completely in control of her life.
On Saturday morning 6 students from Milford came out to Kamp Ed along with Jerry Penry. Three students also came from Columbus. Our mission was to search the Platte River State Park for sheds, antlers that had had been shed by deer in February. Our plan was to fund the operating budget for our ministry in Milford by finding a selling the sheds we?d find on EBay. (Actually it was more of an excuse to go out a hike around a State Park). Sheds that are sold on EBay can bring hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. We spent several hours at the State park but did not find a single antler. I was moved by one of the students who was praying he as he searched, but his prayers went unanswered. Three of students along with Jerry spent the night in the bunkhouse. This morning when Jerry arrived back at his home he received a letter from a church in Milford. This church had sent a sizable check for the budget of Campus Crusade at Milford. I?d say the prayers of the kid searching for antlers were answered, just not in the way we thought they would be.
This evening shortly before dark Kamp Ed was hit with a 70 mile an hour wind gust. After a few minutes it passed and I went out to pick up a garbage can that had blown over. When I checked the waterfront, my dock was missing! The wind had broken it loose and it floated away. Also my fishing boat that was out of the water had been flipped over and blown into the water. I was able to save my dock and anchor it up for the night. When the ice melts I?ll be able to reattach it to the bank.