After many months of planning, the 2021 Gulf States Camp Meeting at Camp Alamisco, Dadeville, Ala., began on Friday, April 2, 2021. Conference staff and church members were excited to be together again under the covering of the open-sided gymnasium at Camp Alamisco. While the weather was somewhat on the brisk side in the evenings and early mornings, the sun shone beautifully throughout the day on Sabbath.
Clifford Goldstein was the keynote presenter for Camp Meeting, and he shared several presentations related to the Gospel, following the year’s theme. He began Friday evening by sharing his personal testimony and the signs God used to win his heart to Christ. Goldstein continued with two more presentations on Sabbath. Many in attendance remarked positively on the presentations, and were excited to share the spiritual experience with their friends and family at camp.
Lunchtime on Sabbath was a delight as Ranger Todd Ward and his wife, Shelley, along with their kitchen crew, prepared and served alongside the Conference administrative staff an excellent haystack spread. Four serving lines were arranged, and almost 300 in attendance were served in a short time. Attendees sat on the folding chairs, their own lawn chairs, or in the grass around the gym to eat their meals. It didn’t take long for a loud, chattering hum to begin as conversations were striking up throughout campus.
Following lunch, Micki Glenn presented her shark attack survival story and subsequent spiritual struggle and recovery. During the shark attack, her husband was also in the water photographing the sea life, and managed to capture an image of the attack in progress while coming to her aid. Many were moved by her experience and appreciated the spiritual details she shared regarding her near-death experience.
The attendees were grateful to participate in an event with some likeness of normalcy, which the outdoor event allowed. All are looking forward to Camp Meeting back at Alamisco in 2022.
Video and audio recordings of the presentations are available at www.gscsda.org/campmeeting.
Gulf States | June 2021