Before California-based pop/rock group For All Seasons
made waves in the Christian music world with their upbeat songs like "Higher" and "No Other," they were cutting their teeth--both musically and ministry-wise--by doing the summer circuit.
No, they weren't at Creation Festival, Ichthus or any of the other summertime hubs; For All Seasons was the "house band" for Hume Lake Christian Camp in Fresno County, California.
As summer camp season is about to begin, we thought we'd ask the trio of For All Seasons to share some of their most memorable Hume Lake moments.
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Emily Hamilton, vocals/guitars/keys
There was one summer at the camp where I lost a bet, so in the middle of free time, I had to jump in the pool (which is smack dab in the middle of camp) with all my clothes on. I learned to never make a bet again.
Every summer, Hume put on a HUGE production as part of their camp opener. During this theatrical opener, the students are introduced to the theme for the week. And then, over the course of the week, they watch a film fully produced by Hume that depicts the biblical theme in a fun and engaging way. Over our 6 years leading worship at Hume we were a part of 6 openers and 2 films. Here are some photos to prove it:
Johnny Hamilton, drums
One of my favorite camp memories is actually an ongoing one. Jeff and I gave a weekly seminar one summer and out of that seminar I was able to have a conversation with a particular student that encouraged him to make a full commitment to follow Jesus. At that moment, he was a senior trying to figure out what he wanted to do, what was next, who Jesus was to him -- now, he is a husband, father, and pastor, leading his family and students in a righteous way! I am so thankful I was able to be a part of a drastic life change that affected eternity. It's crazy to see what one conversation could lead to.
There are too many... I told a junior high girl I knew Justin Bieber (I don't) and she started crying. Doing skits in a western theme and getting to play with prop guns and whips the entire summer, was a blast. So much more... chasing mountain lions, wearing lederhosen, judging belly flop competitions, taking a group of junior highers out to find a "snipe" (snipes don't exist), hosting a dozens of talent shows, sneaking into the dining hall to get food in the middle of the night just because--the list goes on and on.
Jeff Luckey, guitars/keys/vocals
I think one of my most cherished moments doing ministry at Hume was when Johnny and I would lead worship under the stars with just the guys. They'd come down from their cabins once it got really dark, we'd turn off all the lights in camp, look up at the clearest array of stars we'd ever seen, and just be in awe for a bit. There was just something so special about being next to a serene lake in the middle of the Sequoia National Forest, witnessing the grandeur of God in the view above us, and breaking the quietness of the mountains for a moment while a couple hundred high school guys, huddled shoulder to shoulder shouted, "Set a fire down in my soul, that I can't contain that I can't control! I want more of You, God!"