During a recent camp meeting, a singer from one of the organization’s branch churches mentioned that when he was just a child, his parents had told him that someday, when they had enough money, they would go to the camp meeting in Portland. That day came.
Many years later, he commented, “This is my anniversary. I am thankful that fifty years ago, we came to Portland, Oregon. I came on the grounds and I said, ‘This is like Heaven on earth.’ Do you know why? Well, the beautiful flowers, the beautiful trees, the beautiful singing, the beautiful music. I noticed how pure the air was—like heavenly air. Oh, there were so many wonderful things! No one was swearing, no one was smoking, no one was getting drunk, and the Blood-washed throng was there. What a wonderful thing! I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost that year! And every time I come on the campground, I still think it is like a little bit of Heaven on earth.”
At the close of each camp meeting, those who attended look back on the time with gratitude for the spiritual ground that was gained.
Many would echo that sentiment. At the close of each camp meeting, those who attended look back on the time with gratitude for the spiritual ground that was gained. And they look ahead with anticipation to the continued blessing and presence of God as they return with new spiritual vigor to their post of duty.