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Being a guide and having a guide


Pastor Chad Hampton

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma, Cedar Springs (just north of 19 Mile)

Huntin The Truth Ministries

www.huntinthetruth.org

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The first day of October marks an extra exciting season in the life of a select group of people: deer hunters. This day marks the opening of archery deer hunting season. This time of year brings the excitement and anticipation of hopefully harvesting those deer that you have been watching on your trail cameras, dreaming of, and talking to other hunters about the entire year. This is not to mention seeing pictures of some of the nice bucks being harvested by our youth during the early youth hunt that builds the excitement! Speaking of youth, for a ministry I’ve founded called “Huntin the Truth Ministries,” this also brings the excitement of having the privilege and opportunity to fulfill our mission. We take youth and physically challenged men and women out into the fields to hunt those deer and use the opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ with them and help guide these men and women spiritually as they also “hunt” the plan that God has for their lives.

This year as I pondered the great memories we will make hunting and guiding other hunters, I began thinking about how God is providing for a new chapter when it comes to my family life and ministry. Even though I have been in ministry for 15 years, hunting for almost 25 years, and approaching my middle-aged years of life, this will be a season I have never been through before. Even though I have security of knowing that God is in control at every new season that life brings, I know that God uses people in our lives to help guide us along each journey, much like we do with the youth in our ministry during hunting season.We teach them where and how to hunt, how to use their weapons, and sometimes warn them of the dangers of what lies ahead based on the hard lessons we have learned from our successes and our failures. I began to realize that although I guide others and have gained experience from the years I have lived on this earth, I also need a guide, or a mentor, who God will use to lead me through this new phase in life.  I need a wise person with experience in this stage who will educate me on the ups and downs that occurred throughout a past season of his/her life.

The Bible actually tells us that even if we are wise, we will seek out and listen to more wisdom!  Proverbs 9:9 says, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.” We see in Proverbs chapter 1 that Solomon declared that he wrote the Proverbs “That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning: And that the man of understanding may attain unto sound counsels.” Solomon, who God blessed with greater wisdom than anyone of his day, also had his share of failures even though he had wisdom to that degree. He is trying to teach us a great lesson from his life: Even though you might have much wisdom and experience, you always need more.

I began to realize this year—more so than ever—that our entire lives are cycles of seasons that we have never been through before. Whether you are a young boy or girl just entering junior high school, a young man or women who is entering a new marriage or having children, a middle-aged man or woman who is experiencing the empty nest, or a man or woman approaching retirement, these are all fresh stages in life; these are times we can navigate through easier with the wisdom and direction of someone who has already been through your current season.

So, let me ask you: Do you have a guide or mentor in your life who God could use to help guide you through this current season of your life and the seasons ahead? Regardless of our age, we have never been through our current stage of life, and I would recommend seeking God on whom that person or persons would be to help guide you! Furthermore, if you have never been a mentor to another person, I would recommend that you seek God and your church leaders concerning who you could mentor through times you have already experienced. God bless you, and if you’re a hunter, God bless your hunting!

 

 

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Learn archery skills with the DNR


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Have you ever wanted to give archery a shot? Here’s your chance! We’re offering Arrows Away, an introductory archery programs where you can learn basic archery safety, terminology, and get lots of shooting time! We provide all of the equipment for most ages and abilities. And remember, you don’t have to be a hunter to enjoy shooting the target!
Arrows Away programs are free with a Recreation Passport.
Programs are being offered at the following parks:
• Bay City Recreation Area
• Hoffmaster State Park
• Ludington State Park
• Mitchell State Park
• Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
• Tahquamenon Falls State Park
• Waterloo Recreation Area
• Wolf Lake Hatchery Visitor Center
What is the Recreation Passport? 
The Recreation Passport replaces the state park sticker and is required for entry to all Michigan state parks and recreation areas. If you haven’t already purchased yours when renewing your license plate, you can still purchase a Recreation Passport at a state park or recreation area. Michigan residents pay $11 per vehicle. Nonresidents pay $8.40 per vehicle for a daily pass.
Did you know you can learn outdoor skills like archery, kayaking, disc golf, windsurfing and more at state parks all across Michigan? Learn more at www.michigan.gov/rec101.

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Women:
learn archery, handgun and shotgun skills




Women’s Shooting Discovery Day Sept. 29

The Department of Natural Resources will offer an opportunity for women to explore different types of shooting all in one day at the Women’s Shooting Discovery Day in Sparta on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Part of the DNR’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program, the class will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sparta Hunting & Fishing Club. This shooting clinic, for beginners as well as those who would like to sharpen their shooting skills, will provide certified, one-on-one instruction for archery, handgun shooting and trap shooting (shotgun).

The day will begin with a range safety orientation, and the class will then break up into three rotation groups, where each participant will have the opportunity to learn and practice each of the shooting activities throughout the day. All shooting activities will take place outdoors.

Cost is $50 per person and includes lunch, served by the Sparta Hunting & Fishing Club membership, as well as all equipment, eye and ear protection and ammunition. The Sparta Hunting & Fishing Club is located at 13218 Long Lake Drive in Sparta. For more information about the club, visit www.spartahuntingandfishingclub.com. 
For registration forms and information on this and other BOW events, visit www.michigan.gov/bow, email dnr-outdoors-woman@michigan.gov or call 517-241-2225.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman helps women learn about and enjoy hunting, fishing, backpacking, shooting sports, canoeing and many other outdoor recreation activities. BOW specializes in beginners, but also offers a variety of programs that support a mix of skill levels. BOW is a noncompetitive program, designed to let each individual learn and gain confidence at her own pace. The program emphasizes the enjoyment, fun and camaraderie of outdoor activities, while sharing in one another’s success. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/bow.

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Sportsman club produces national champs


An area sports program that is just four years old is already setting its sights on the highest levels—and reaching them.

SHARP SHOOTERS—Stars of the Junior Olympic Archery program include (front) Alice Billin, Tyler Glenn and Raija McIntyre (of Cedar Springs) and (back) Mikaela, Corinne Giersch, Mikayla Venoms, Hayley Giersch and Katerina.

SHARP SHOOTERS—Stars of the Junior Olympic Archery program include (front) Alice Billin, Tyler Glenn and Raija McIntyre (of Cedar Springs) and (back) Mikaela, Corinne Giersch, Mikayla Venoms, Hayley Giersch and Katerina.

On Northland Drive north of 13 Mile Road, drivers may have noticed a sign for the Rockford Sportsman’s Club. Neighbors may hear the report of gun shots as members practice their aim.

What you won’t see driving by or hear is the swish and thunk of arrows hitting the target. Every Saturday morning a group of talented athletes have been honing their skills as members of the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program. They come from around the area, including Cedar Springs.

Archery has been a Rockford Community Education program for years and is so successful classes are often full the day registration opens. Four years ago local sportsmen, including 1984 Olympic archery athlete Glen Myers, decided to crank up the level of competition by starting JOAD at Rockford Sportsman’s Club. Since, the team has earned two national championships and is competing at a world-class level.

“It’s cool. It’s like an unspoken sport,” said Mikaela (last name withheld by request), 16, who shot her way to 13th place in Indoor Nationals.

Mikayla Venoms, 10, and Alice Billin, 15, are two other stars in the program. Both took first place in national competition.

Billin said she has been shooting her recurve bow for four years. “I fell in love with recurve and look at that, I’m a national champion.”

Most of the archers said they practice daily in addition to the Saturday practice with coaches. In winter the practices are from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. In summer they are outdoors from 10 a.m. to noon.

“Our coaches are the best,” said Raija McIntyre, 18, of Cedar Springs. McIntyre is a coach herself and placed eighth in Junior World Trials. She said archery is more than just a sport. “It’s also the friendships we make. We exchange e-mails and see the same people in competition so we keep in touch. They aren’t our competition, they are our friends.”

Marti, mother of two of the girls, said archery is more a mental sport than physical, and the archers often help their competitors. If one has an equipment failure, it is not uncommon for another, competing archer, to offer use of their gear. “We aren’t competing against each other,” said Arn McIntyre, Raija’s father. “They are trying to beat their own last best score.”

It is also a sport that any student can do well with if they are determined to practice and learn. National Champion Mikayla Venoms is a little bit of a girl, a petite winner who proves you don’t have to be biggest to be best. The Rockford athlete took first in the female recurve bowman division at nationals. Archery is also an excellent sport to receive a college scholarship, particularly to Michigan State University, which has a huge archery program.

Of the 52 students in the JOAD program—from all over Kent County—many are taking state titles are adding to a growing reputation. “People are starting to sit up and take notice when they see that Rockford orange show up at a competition,” said coach David Hinkle.

Hinkle said the program supplies equipment to new members and the cost is small for a sport—under $10  per weekly lesson. Eventually parents will want to buy a child their own gear, but a decent setup can be had for around $250. Hinkle said anyone interested in the sport is more than welcome to come watch the arrows fly on Saturday mornings at the club, 11115 Northland Drive. “It is statistically the safest sport. It is safer than bowling,” he noted. Otherwise, watch the news as these shooting stars continue to rise on their way to someday competing on an Olympic level.

“You don’t realize how big it is until you are in it,” said Raija. To find out more, visit the Rockford Sportsmans Club online at Rockfordsportmansclub.com.

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