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Grace Bible Camp, Goshen VA
|Grace Bible Camp got its start back in 1953. The camp has had three different locations through the years. The very first year, Grace Bible Camp was at Drummond Springs near New Castle in Craig County, VA. For the next 20 years, the camp was on the Cowpasture River near Nimrod Hall in Bath County, VA, using property belonging to the town of Clifton Forge. It wasn't until 1974 that Grace Bible Camp moved to its present location.
Sensing the need for some activity for children and young people in his hometown of Covington and surrounding areas, and believing a camp and recreational activities would be an ideal setting for sharing the "gospel" of God's love and saving grace through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, a young man, Charles Martin, then a student at
Prairie Bible College in western Canada, set out to find some folks, a place, and food, of course.
He asked some young ladies at the college whom he knew from Virginia and West Virginia to help. He asked his sister, and a couple guys, seven folks in all, to help. The brochure was printed with what to bring and the dates for the six weeks of camp that first summer, but with a blank to be filled in later, as to where. Just in time, an old CCC camp was found which they were able to rent for $50 for the six weeks.
The fee of $1.00 per camper did not leave much for food. But every Monday a pick-up load of fresh vegetables was delivered to camp; sometimes, a quarter of beef, or a bunch of chickens were brought in. When the summer was over all bills were paid, the kids had had a great time, and nearly every kid that summer had received Christ as Savior.
The town of Clifton Forge had seen what the summer had meant for their youth and arranged for Grace Bible Camp to use the property on the Cowpasture River that had been used most recently by the Boy Scouts. Grace Bible Camp continued to use that property for 20 years until forced to leave when the town decided to use it once again in 1974.
1974 marked the beginning of a new era at Grace Bible Camp. Though it meant a complete move for the camp, it also meant a nicer layout and new buildings - a new start. Albert and Alice Nicely, upon learning of the need to move, offered to the camp 47 acres of land to build the new camp. Still in the beautiful mountains of Virginia with its awesome views of God's handiwork all around, it is more convenient to the interstate and traveling from a distance.
Now more than 38 years later, with thirteen buildings; with
58 summers behind us, and hundreds having accepted Christ on these grounds now, and hundreds of others blessed in all sorts of ways; we rejoice in what God has done and look forward to exciting days ahead.
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