2010 Letter from Bonnie
Greetings to you each one.
Even now, spring of 2010, I receive emails of those who long to be back with their newly found Sukkot family. I’ll share a couple of their messages to me and pray that your step is a little lighter today for having remembered the sweet week that was ours last fall.
One large family from the Los Angeles area wrote that they had planned to depart when the Michael Rood departed, i.e., after the first 4 days. But then, they decided to stay since both they and their children were being so blessed. They ended up staying for the entire 8 days, setting out in the dark after the final Sabbath. They drove all night, arriving in LA the next morning, just in time to go to work. Impervious to the cost, they sent the most encouraging email, praising the Ruach for the blessings and changes wrought in the lives of both them and their children.
Several parents of teenagers have written to share the celebration of their children having made a decision for Yeshua. One parent wrote that, after the decision to attend Sukkot 2009 made their home a war zone because of adamant teenagers refusing to leave their friends, she was so relieved that their teens were now looking forward to Sukkot, 2010.
One lady wrote, saying that she viewed the Hanukkah Rood Ministry conference online. She said that, as the camera panned the audience, she recognized new friends from Sukkot ‘09 and felt a rush of longing to see them again.
Many of the campers in 2009 had never before attended a Sukkot. How many people have said that the feast was life changing! One person said she felt compelled to come but didn’t know why. She knew about the Sabbath and tried to keep it a bit. But, by the time she walked out of Sukkot ‘09, she was a firebrand for Yeshua and is now connecting with both Messianics and Christians in her state and encouraging people to attend Sukkot 2010.
Sukkot would have been nothing had not the Guest of Honor shown up – the Spirit of Our Elohim. He is the One who teaches, draws, and changes lives from the inside out. I will not forget in this lifetime the story of one of our campers who arose at 4 a.m. and thought he’d drive into town for a cup of coffee. While walking to his car in almost total dark, he encountered another camper who was walking under a covering that he lifted up to allow sight. The covered camper paused at a campsite, stopped motionless for a few moments, then moved to the next site, again standing motionless before moving on. Intrigued, the coffee seeker asked what he was doing. He responded, “I’m praying over the Camp of YHWH.” May our camp be filled with such as this.
Please come back for Sukkot 2010 and bring ten more with you. I look forward to another week of smiling faces, running children, feasting, dancing, learning, sharing, bonding, and moving through the camp with the awareness that the Spirit of Our Gracious Father walks amongst us.
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