As we attempt to navigate life in this ever changing, ever challenging world, our children are perhaps the most tested generation when it comes to finding life direction. The traditions gained from gatherings like the historic St. Paul Campground annual meeting serve to arm fortunate families with qualities and beliefs that empower their identity to gain a foothold. The transfer of beloved, steadfast traditions from generation to generation — that may be underappreciated or misunderstood as a child — inevitably acts as a compass for a life well lived. Strength, pride, and love are cultivated at St. Paul.
The historic campground meeting melds the past with the present in an annual age-old, multi-generational practice of coming together for a week of worship and fellowship. Participants have attended for decades, often taken there by parents and grandparents. In this issue’s “Then Sings My Soul” on page 64, photographer Jeff Amberg captures the essence of this cultural experience, for young and old alike.