Work Camping - As newbies to this new way of life,I am really struggling with how campgrounds and RV parks can pay so little for the quality of help they receive from their work campers.
In the winter, when everyone is trying to go south to work, the pay decreases a lot! If you are full timing by choice or by happenchance, your best bet is to have an incredible savings that can keep you floating. Otherwise your dream of full-timing is gone in the blink of an eye.
In our first stint of work camping, we are learning a lot. We are learning that it is more about our guests than it is about us. That our word is our word and you don't back down on it no matter what. That you can feed 45 people without looking up from the serving table! LOL. That the owner will reward you with a new grill when you make and sell enough pancakes! LOL!
When we really started praying and getting real with ourselves and with the Lord, we knew we wanted to be by Christy for a while and to get to know my dad. We have jobs that will now allow that. We will be heading down to Wales West in Silverhill AL in Sept. much to the OKC KOA Manager's chagrin. She was hoping we would stay later in the season, but Wales West would like us there mid-sept.
We will have a substantial savings to allow us to work for site only, but it can only happen once in this lifetime! We may have to settle down in a Southern town next winter and look for landlocked jobs.
The feelings that you go through as you start to realize what you have always wanted to do and that you are responsible for yourself and your little family. And so many more feelings, I just can't write about now. They sit at the brim and overflow occassionally.
We are now close enough to visit Jessica, Fabian and the boys during our days off, though they still have to work. It was a sweet retreat last time and this time, I found a Half Price book store on the way, we may have the Christmas presents purchased before we leave!
Steve wrote this article to his family yesterday, we would love to share it with you. So here it is...
The last days,
There are many up and coming signs- the key to which is Israel. Iran's nuclear armament and its alignment with Russia, China and other mid eastern countries vowing to wipe Israel off the map. God has promised to never let that happen. Israel holds the Jews- God's Chosen people. Even though some have not acknowledge Jesus as the messiah, God still favors them. God promised Abraham.
The European Union (EU) has already formed with its own currency- years ago, it's unclear if the U.S. will align with them or not, but out of that union will come the anti-christ. He will draw the world to himself promising peace. Peace and prosperity. He will sign a 7 year peace treaty with Israel, which Israel will feel okay with since most of the world is against them. Just like Islam, where it is okay to lie to further Islam, the anti-christ will break the 7 yr peace treaty at 3 1/2 years although he promises peace the only thing that will come is war and destruction. There will be Islamic nuclear detonations in major US cities.
However, before any of this, the next prophetic thing on the time line for us is the rapture of Christ's church. This is not the second coming of Christ though, it is where Christ promises to meet us in the air, the dead rising first and then we the church will meet him in the air to be with him forever. It is after this catching away as prophesied that the seven year tribulation starts. There are no longer any spirit filled Christians on the earth and that is where the anti christ makes his move from the EU. There is talk that we will have only one more pope, this is one of the signs for the last days false prophet who aligns with the anti-christ but I don't think it's the pope.
Israel will be in major battles but none will be like Gog and Magog in the battle of Armageddon, where a 200 million man army of the world will be poised against Israel, it is now possible for this manned Army to form with China. It is at that point because of all world events, during the tribulation that Christ will have His second advent and return as God promised to single handedly win this battle for Israel. First, by an earthquake- shaking of the earth against those armies just as in the Bible, the dust, the shaking and confusion from the Lord will make the armies turn upon themselves and annulate themselves, so called "friendly fire" just as previous armies have done in the Bible. Christ will also send Hail, fire and brimstone, His weapons which ours pale in comparison.
Satan will be defeated!
Also at Christ return, we the church will be with Christ and with an angelic host. I myself, don't want to miss any of this, we just will watch many coming events from heaven.
Along with the Anti-christ will be the mark of the beast, probably an implanted computer chip to make it the only way to buy, sell or trade in the end times. (I believe this will happen sooner than later), if you take the mark- you will be damned to hell, because it is the mark of satan. Don't forget, the next scheduled date, because of all these signs is the rapturing of His church. The rapture happens before these signs.
In Thessalonians 4:13-18
13)But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
So looking at right now,
Iran's nuclear armament taking place, the EU gaining strength, Obama's continual favoritism of Islam or any other muslim countries that he bows to continually. The pending socialism that is coming about, loss of prayer and the ten commandments in the US and our abortion rate - 50 million abortions since 1975 and that it is okay to kill your aged parents- Oregon has already adopted this law! Obama's key staff are all on the One World Order group the Bildeburgs which is for a new world order which is prophesied for the end times.
What's your role in all this?
Your relationship with Christ has to be utmost! It's possible to make it through the tribulation but it is nothing I want to live through.
Get real! Get real with your kids, get real with yourself and your own relationship with Christ. Yes, it's scary but so exciting, it is for us and our kids too and those precious grandbabies. It isn't about "church" it is about your relationship with Christ.
But it's time, it's time to be real and know the one true God, the God who saves us no matter what!
The Homeland Security issued a statement that the Tea Parties with many Christian members are to be classified as right wing terrorist by this administration, we are already in the times when it isn't okay to be a Christian. The schools are against it, teachers can't show it and the kids are inundated with so much.
Another end times thing is the rise of Islam in the US! They vow to take over the world!
So, if you still want more, I have a lot more, but this is a great start.