Idaho Conference Offers Mountaintop Camp Meeting

Inspiration for event themes comes from a variety of places. For this year's Idaho Conference camp meeting, the theme, "Mountaintop Silence to Life-Changing Mission," came from a feedback segment during the conference's first-ever young adult retreat. 

What is mountaintop silence? It’s the attitude of being in a spiritual retreat with God, where one’s thoughts are focused on Him. It might include reading scripture, listening to music that lifts one’s heart to God, focused periods of prayer that include a significant silent time or listening for God’s voice. It can be somewhere on a mountain, beside a quiet stream, a quiet corner at home or even in one’s car — wherever that solitude can be experienced.

The purpose of mountaintop silence is to discover who God is in your life and what His plans are for you. While it's an escape of sorts, it's much more. It's a time to receive what will be a life-changing mission to share with someone else the great things God has done in your life. 

Mountaintop silence draws one’s thoughts to the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness after receiving His Father’s spirit at His baptism in the Jordan River. Those 40 days in communication with His Father helped Jesus cement the relationship He would need to fulfill His task of redeeming the world He created. His faith was tested multiple times. 

Knowing His hunger, Satan tempted Jesus with the words, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread” (Luke 4:3). Jesus responded with scripture. 

Next, the devil brought Jesus to a high place, showing Him all the kingdoms of the world and promising to give Jesus their authority and splendor, if He would just worship Satan. Jesus again quoted scripture. 

Yet again, when the devil tempted Jesus to throw Himself down from the highest point of the temple by quoting scripture to Jesus, intimating that the angels wouldn’t let any harm come to Him, Jesus quoted scripture.

This year’s camp meeting is designed to bring you to your mountaintop, where you can experience silence with God and move into a life-changing mission for Him. Please join the programming on the campus of Gem State Adventist Academy or join online via the Idaho Conference Communication YouTube channel for livestreamed evening and Sabbath morning meetings. Both the English language and Spanish language camp meetings begin Tuesday evening, June 11 and go through the Sabbath hours of June 15.

Derek Morris, Hope Channel, Inc. field representative, is the main speaker, with support during the daytime hours from Don Klinger, well-known Idaho Conference spiritual leader; Brant Berglin, Walla Walla University associate professor of theology; John Kelly, Oak Haven Health and Country Life Natural Foods president and medical director; and Heidi Baumgartner, North Pacific Union communication director. Benjamin Carballo is the speaker for the Spanish language camp meeting.

Children’s divisions, Beginners through Youth, begin on Wednesday. Luis La Porte, Christian recording artist, is providing a Sabbath afternoon concert. Introduce yourself to his music here:

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Featured in: May/June 2024


Eve Rusk

Idaho Conference communication director