Alabamans Host Annual Family Campout

EDMOND—Members from across the United States attended this year’s southeast regional campout in Lincoln, Alabama, from May 27-31. Government Covid-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of last year’s event, but this year, a record 146 members, some from as far as Indiana, Ohio and Washington made the journey down south over Memorial Day weekend.

To kick off the weekend, the brethren enjoyed a kaleidoscopic sunset over the Coosa River while hearing an outdoor Friday night Bible study. Regional Director Wik Heerma reminded the brethren to remember the reason why the campout was so important: to build the God Family. The same theme carried through the rest of the weekend’s messages, resonating especially with brethren who said they had not had such an opportunity for fellowship in months.

On Saturday night, a mountain of firewood was set ablaze for a fireside sing along. The following morning, eight teams raced through a series of tests and obstacles for the two frantic hours of the Alabama Adventure Challenge. Those not involved relaxed by the dock enjoying watermelon, took a boat cruise on the Coosa, engaged in watersports, fished, or enjoyed an afternoon nap in a hammock.

The weekend was capped by an entertainment night extravaganza and a brilliant fireworks display. Afterward, brethren shared s’mores, laughter, warm conversation and the all-too-rare blessing of having fellowship with one another.