Saturday, April 30, 2011

Stephen Hunkup, our camp Goliath

Meet Stephen....he's a veteran now....and also, everytime somebody had to play "Goliath" in a play or skit, Stephen was chosen :)

yea my name is Stephen Hunkup and I'm from Reno Nevada and goin to Bible college in Flagstaff, Arizona. Finishing up my 4th year here. I love music and playing music. Guitar is my favorite instrument. My favorite food is pizza. I plan to go into youth Ministry full time to do God's work. My favorite BABR memory...too many!!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

31 days and counting!

It will be here before you know it!! In 31 days, we will officially begin our staff training for the 2011 camp season. That week is always a fun week...catching up with old friends, meeting new people, finding refreshment in the Word and in His work....and of course the camping trip! I should be able to officially let you know where we will be camping this year. It's usually a whirlwind of a camping trip, but it's such a great time to get to know everyone a little better.

** And just a reminder....unless you have had it approved beforehand, staff training week is MANDATORY!!!

On Wednesday nights I have a ministry out at Ft Wingate (a boarding school for navajo kids)....last night I did an "advertisement" about the camp....told them all about it, sang camp songs and showed the 2010 camp video (well, part of it). That REALLY got me in the mood for camp...seeing all the staff, kids, chapels, skits, and Ms Anna's famous slimings (makes me gag to even watch those!). In just a little over a year, we will be knee deep in all of that....can't wait!

Praying that each one of you who are going to be serving are spiritually preparing yourselves for the summer. You veterans know how exhausting it can be, on every level. You new staff, I can't even put into words the weariness and tiredness your mind and body will feel after just a few weeks. But God is amazing and the more you pour out, the more He 'fills your cup' again. It's a beautiful thing to be a part of.

Hope you are getting excited for the summer and all that God is going to do here at Broken Arrow Bible the lives of the campers, and in our own lives, as well.

Christy Mlekodaj

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Meet another one of my favorite people.....

My name is Jessica Armstrong and I'm from Albuquerque NM. I am 18 years old and just finished my freshmen year in college! My favorite color is blue, my favorite food is coconut and peanut butter, my favorite movies include Food INC., tangled, the little princess, and pretty much any other good movie. :)

My plans for the future academically include getting a degree in nutrition at either UNM or CNM or somewhere online. I haven't decided what path to take with that yet, just that I'm very interested in the subject of nutrition and health :). Other than academic plans for my future, over all I know God has called me to be a wife and mom. All in his timing of course, but I have a lot of dreams and goals for the future family I will have. On side note from all that, there is a possibility that I could have a future career in music (singing mainly, but I write music and play piano as well), so right now I'm just waiting on direction from God as to what to do next!

I am so so excited that God has provided yet another year of being able to come and help out at camp. I love BABR, and am so glad I can be a part of it. I've come a long way from being an 8 year old camper...this will be my 11th summer (7 summers as a camper, 4 summers staffing) at BABR. :)

Meet Joshua, a man of few words...

This is Katie's younger brother who will be working at camp the first 5 weeks of camp....

I'm Josh this is my first summer. I'm 16. I like MCcdonalds. And....I play bass, well sorta. I like to sing loudly, and often.....I suck at fishing and writing things that are in any way simaler to a bio.....

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Meet Katie!

Thought it would be fun to post some short bios on our summer you all get to know each other a little before camp starts.

Katie graciously "volunteered" to go first! :)

I'm katie. this will be my second summer at broken arrow. I'm 19, and am going to San Juan college in Farmington. I live in Aztec, NM. I'm crazy about movies. my all time favorite is Casablanca ♥. I also do stuff in theater at the college I was in 3 plays over the last year. my favorite color is favorite food is fried pickles.I can't wait for the awesome summer God has planed for us.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Summer Staff

Well, I know some of you would like to know who all is coming to work this summer......SOOOOO....I thought I would fill you in :)

We have several new staff (from out of town) so that should make it a nice mix of new staff and 'returnees'.....


Sarah Tucker

Katie Bounds

Melissa Torres

Sarah Peshlakai

Jessica Armstrong

Maddie Higginbotham

Jayme King

Ellya Kennell

Miriam Griffioen

Kelly Sandretzky

Ashley Kerr

Jessie Cooper

Leah Arjay

Holly Knox

Jessica Platero

Jaynanne Kinsel

Genevieve Barrigo

Katelyn Hilderman


Stephen Hunkup

Rob Nickles

Delano Gon

Joshua Plummer

Matthew Knox

Christian Paiva

Joshua Bounds

Ty Platero

Tyreil Thomas

Parker Gray

Kyle P

Andrew Kontz

Josh Hillis

We only have room for 1-2 more girls and about 4-5 more guys.....we should have a full staff by the time staff orientation begins!

I'm going to try to give you a little "bio" on each staff and we'll post them here every few days....check back (and be a 'follower') often!

Friday, April 22, 2011

It's that time of year!

Yep, the days are getting warmer, the camp looks a little greener....summer is almost here!
The camp is loud with the sound of bulldozers, chainsaws, and hammers. We have had several workteams here already working on many projects to get ready for the summer. Two of the teams left this morning and the camp is really quiet (for now!). For 15 straight days we have had people out here working at the are a few of the improvements they have made:

**The downstairs hallways in the lodge got a little touch up and some added design (and they finished the paint job all the way to the bathrooms).
**Speaking of bathrooms, both lodge bathrooms got a makeover (paintwise).
**The lodge ceiling was painted
**Hobart got a facelift!!!!!
** The hallway by the lodge offices was painted
**The beginning stages of giving the lodge a new paint job have been started
**The go-cart track was ripped out and a new one is being put in (won't be ready for this summer though)
**Two houses got new roofs
**Finished painting all the railings down at the horses
**Pinion Pine Golf course got a new paint job
**One team made 4 new 'box hockey' games (new this year!)
**Steve is putting in a new sling shot range
**The frisbee golf boxes got a new paint job
**The A-frame bathrooms got a top to bottom paint job
**New picnic tables and benches for the barn
**New curtains, mirrors, and lamps for the lodge dorm rooms

That's the bulk of it....
There were several cleaning projects that went on (mostly in the kitchen) and Bruce and his friend Marvin have been doing many electrical, plumbing and septic projects.

We are definitely in the "camp" frame of mind and are getting this place place ready to be flooded by many summer staff and campers. I hope you all will appreciate and enjoy the changes that are being made!
Can't wait to see you all soon!!!

Christy Mlekodaj
Program Director, BABR