This past weekend we kicked off our 2017 Louisiana year of programs.  What a great weekend it was to hold our annual Louisiana Squirrel Hunt. We kicked things off on Friday night with some food and fellowship.  Shortly after we ate, Mentor Matt Miller presented the chapter with a beautiful cedar cross engraved with “Truth in Nature La.’ and “God Bless”.   It was absolutely beautiful and made a great addition to the bunkhouse.   Later in the evening, the rains came and we took shelter inside the bunkhouse for some man time discussion and to hear a word from God.  Mentor Michael Thomas led the devotional where we learned about “Our Living Hope”.  It was a great devotional and the boys were hanging on every word.  Saturday morning, we got an early start as we had breakfast, and headed out to try to harvest some squirrels. The squirrels didn’t know the game plan, and had stayed in for the most part, but Blake Roy and Riley Helmstetter were able to get one each. Riley’s was the very first one he had ever harvested.  After the hunt, we returned to the camp and cleaned the squirrels that were harvested.  Just before lunch, mentor Scot Martin led a devotional about “making good decisions, and the consequences for making bad ones”.  We pray that the boys took the devotional to heart and apply it to their everyday decision making process.  After our devotional, we officially welcomed new comer Skylar Adams, and presented Joseph McDaniel with the tanned hide from his very first deer that he harvested back in October.  Finally we wrapped up the weekend with a delicious lunch, prepared and served by Mandy and Britleigh Rivers.

Please continue to pray for the boys, mentors, and outdoor ministry efforts.  We pray God will continue to use us as we reach, inspire, support, and engage these young men from single parent homes.

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2017 Louisiana Squirrel Hunt