Camp History

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Great is thy faithfulness Lord unto…Fisher Bay Bible Camp.  Fisher Bay Bible Camp is located 2.5 hours north of Winnipeg on Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba and celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2008. In 1948 Jake and Adina Goertzen decided to start a camp to form stronger, more personal relationships with the children from the three First Nations reserves in the area.  The Goertzens forged their way through bush and swamp on horseback to build a camp under GMU for these people. It was later transferred to the FEBC after a number of years. They started with one week of camp that summer for a dozen or so kids. Fifty years and many mosquito bites later the camp runs 6 weeks for over 200 kids aged 5-19 per summer and yet the mission remains the same to form real relationships with children from the area.

Fisher Bay Bible Camp has seen many hardships as it often struggles to find staff and funds but God continually provides. Just like any other camp lifeguards have been particularly hard to come by. One Sunday morning a few years back, a day before camp was to start, two provinces away a long time camp supporter was sitting in the pews of her church. She had heard our prayer request for a lifeguard and heard a story that morning of another camp that had to close down for the summer due to a flood. She gave the camp a call which led her to our lifeguard, Jen Sherwood, for the next two years. God provides!

It has been many more people like Jen who have kept FBBC going. The point was made at the 50th anniversary that no one person has done anything amazing but so many have answered God’s call in obeying Him to serve Him at FBBC. From the Goertzens and others who cut down trees and planed wood to build the first buildings to our present day directors, Carlyle and Desiree Hartog, who have expanded the age group we cater to; God has worked and provided.

The camp has come full circle now. Most of the current staff members were also campers when they were children. This turnover is integral to the camp’s operation because this staff has time and passion invested in the camp. We continue to pray for a higher turnover rate, for more and more local children to grow and develop in their relationships with the Lord and want to reach the area for Him. We are grateful for the support of local people but roles continually need to be filled by others.

Though the camp is small in the light of many, we are grateful for how God has used it to reach the lives of many; both from the area and the church people who have come to serve there. We were deeply touched to hear the responses of local people for how grateful they were for the camp’s influence in their life and the community’s at our 50th anniversary celebration last spring. We are in the midst of expanding these follow-up opportunities by winterizing our dining hall which will now include space for staff housing. We are looking forward to what God will do with the camp in the future and trust He will be faithful to the camp as He uses it to reach children who so desperately need Him.