Hi! My name is Alan Reimann and this past fall I was named the new Director of Wilderness Northwest. What an exciting opportunity to be used by God in this beautiful place to support and minister to His people! While we look joyfully into the future with expectations of growth and blessing for the camp, we have also had to deal with a great sadness as we all try to get used to our family and our ministry without my father-in-law, Jody Weed. For forty years, Jody poured himself into the ministry of Wilderness Northwest. Our camp is as special it is now, because of how God worked through Jody over the years. Stepping into his shoes has felt daunting at times, but I am doing so with the confidence that comes from knowing that you are doing what the Lord has called you to do!
So in case we haven’t had a chance to meet yet, let me tell you a few things about myself. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Krysten, for 14 years and during that time the Lord has blessed us with three awesome kids; Isaiah my 13 yr. old son, Emery my 10 yr. old daughter and my 4 yr. old son, Ezekiel. We have lived in Washington State for over 12 years and have been involved in the ministry of Wilderness Northwest for much of that .
Growing up in Idaho, I had the great privilege of attending an amazing church camp tucked away in a remote area of the mountains. It was at this special place that I really fell in love with-and began to understand the value of Christian camping. Camp was a place that was totally unique because it was a place where I enjoyed countless hours of fun as well as so many amazing moments of connection with God.
It is this unique combination that we are seeking to provide at Wilderness Northwest. I want our camp to be a place where groups can come and enjoy fellowship with each other and with our Amazing Creator. We want to provide a place where groups can come to disconnect from the distractions of our busy world and reconnect to God in the beauty of His creation.
This past year was a busy one at Wilderness Northwest. In the spring, we got to enjoy working along so many great people at our camp work days. We had a great week of Day Camp in July as kids from our local area got to enjoy learning about God and His creation. From May to October, we enjoyed hosting a wide variety of groups including church retreats, family camps, men’s groups, home school co-ops and missionary training groups. What a joy it is to get to know brothers and sisters in Christ from all over the region!
As we look ahead to 2018, I would ask you to consider a few things. First of all, I would like to ask you to consider our camp if you are thinking about planning a getaway for your group next year. If you are in fact interested in Wilderness Northwest, I would strongly encourage you to get in contact with us soon as the schedule is already filling up for next year. We would love to have you!
Secondly, as we seek to grow at the pace in which the Lord has planned, I would also like to ask you to pray about the possibility of supporting Wilderness Northwest financially. We are a ministry which depends on God moving on the hearts of His people to help us with our needs. Now believe me, I understand that there are many other great ministries out there who could also use some help, so I would just ask you to pray and ask the Lord if He is leading you to help us out!
Thirdly, and most importantly, please pray for us as we seek to be a ministry that supports and serves the Body of Christ and that glorifies our Savior!
I hope you have a great winter season. And remember, if you find the grey, cold northwest getting you down, just imagine a sunny day at Wilderness Northwest! God bless!
Your brother in Christ,