Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect and pray with us.  

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. -Hebrews 12:1-2

This is one of my favorite scriptures to think about when I think of all those who have gone before me, supported me and will come behind me in faith. As I think of my own "cloud of witnesses" I can't help but not think about camp. I have been fortunate enough to have worked at several different camps on summer staffs through high school and college and had a career as a Program Director for 6 ½ years. They all hold very special places in my heart and in my life story. Camp Vermilion and Camp Hiawatha have their own spots in my life, too.

I recently attended a gathering of some woman (from another camp) this fall. It was such great food for the soul, to be surrounded by these women. We shared old camp stories, impressed by the details of memory of some, we updated each other on our current lives, shared pain and joys, and ate and drank, and prayed. There is no other group I have found like it to be a part of. I know that many people feel that way about their relationships they formed at camp.

The cloud of camp witnesses is thick. Even when I meet someone for the first time, if I find out they ever worked at one of the same camps I did or attended the same camp I did as child, there's an instant bond. There is something about that particular cloud of witnesses that surpasses almost any others. There are lots of fun things about camp, canoeing, hiking, the cabin, rainy days, games, worship, etc. But it's the relationships that really make it formative. I give thanks to God for every relationship that has helped me to grow in Christ, to help me discover gifts within myself, and help tend to my soul. Amen.

-Kim Hovde Suhr
Diaconal Minister for Community and Lifelong Discipleship
Ezekial Lutheran Church in River Falls, WI
MDiv student at Luther Seminary
Wife to Roger and Mom to two preschoolers Elijah and Emilyn

VLM Summer Staff '93 and '94