Jubilee 50 Celebration

(May 19, 2018)

CGS Rally@theCamp! Family Bike Ride

Saturday, May 19, 2018

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Do you and your family enjoy riding bikes or simply being outdoors?  Join us for a ride on the beautiful MoPac Trail beginning at Louisville, Nebraska.  [Trail website (including a map): https://www.traillink.com/trail/mopac-trail-(springfield) / Click on “view trail map.”]  You decide how far and how fast you want to ride! See you at the MoPac Trail on Saturday, May 19th!


~ Shawn Hoschar, Family Bike Ride Coordinator


     PS Here are some details you will want to be aware of:


     - The MoPac Trail riding surface is a crushed limestone, so it doesn’t ride as        easily as a paved trail. The stretch we are riding is basically level (i.e., very          little if any incline), though it may be somewhat challenging for very young        kids, and wouldn’t work well for bikes with training wheels.

     - Bike helmets are strongly encouraged.

     - There are no restrooms on the trail.

     - Free bottled water will be provided.

     - The bike ride is free and will occur rain or shine (except for severe                        weather).

     - Parking is available at the intersection of State Route 50 and State Route             31 just north of the vehicular bridge over the Platte River (Louisville, NE).


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Schedule / Timeline:


10:00 — Meet at the parking lot for instructions

10:15 — Bike Ride begins. Go at your own pace.

10:50ish — Turn around :)… after riding 30-40 minutes one way.

11:30 — Arrive back at the parking lot. Load bikes.

11:45 — Head to Camp of the Good Shepherd for Rally@theCamp! events (directions will be provided, if needed).

12:00 — Arrive at camp for lunch and Jubilee 50 Carnival and Celebration Service!


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How Bible Camp Changed My Life 

by Jo (Mueller) Krueger


The words “Camp of the Risen Son” bring a smile to my face!  I have often told people that some of my very best life memories happened at Camp of the Risen Son — as a camper, as a cook’s helper, then as a staff member and finally as a staff member for many years at Bible Camp for the Deaf.  But even before all that, I remember attending a work day that was held right after the camp was purchased by the area churches.  The place was a mess!  The thing I remember the most were the dead mice that vandals had tied to the curtain rods!


I can truly say that Camp of the Risen Son played an important role in helping me decide how I would serve God for the rest of my life.  In the summer of 1969, I attended the very first week of high school camp.  Duane King was the dean.  The missionary for the week was Lowell Burkum, representing Nebraska Christian College.  I had just finished my junior year of high school, and I had big plans for my future.  However, those plans did not include Bible college.  So as camp started, I put up my defenses against anything that Lowell would say about going to NCC.  By Thursday, I was feeling pretty good.  I had listened and resisted any urges I might have felt about Bible college.  On Friday, Lowell announced that he was going to talk that morning about not going to Bible college.  I gave a sigh of relief that I had made it through the week.  But as Lowell talked about choosing paths other than Bible college, the Holy Spirit hit me with a lightning bolt.  Suddenly I knew that I had to go to Nebraska Christian College.  I followed through with my decision and graduated five years later from NCC.  After college, I worked for 24 years in Deaf ministries in Sioux City, Iowa and Rochester, New York.  In 1998 I began working at Deaf Missions in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and I am still there today.


Through its fifty years, the camp has shaped the lives of hundreds of young people and faithfully served churches in Iowa and Nebraska.  I thank God for the foresight of those who established the camp and have kept it going.  I pray that Camp of the Good Shepherd will continue touching lives for Jesus Christ!


Jo Krueger

We are celebrating our camp facilities’ 50th anniversary of use as a Bible camp.  Back in 1968, several Christian Churches in the Lincoln/Omaha area got together to purchase a decommissioned Nike Missile launch site to use as a Christian Service camp.  From 1969 through 2005, these area churches managed the camp and led graded Bible camps under the name, Camp of the Risen Son.  In 2005, Joel Burkum and the FGCI Board of Directors, made a proposal to the CRS board that FGCI purchase the property to use as our future international ministry base.  FGCI


agreed to run graded Bible camps for area churches.  The CRS board accepted the proposal and FGCI took over ownership and management of the campgrounds in 2006, renaming the camp, Camp of the Good Shepherd.  There was a one-year lapse in graded Bible camps in 2006 as FGCI started renovations on the facilities.  But, since 2007, FGCI has sponsored graded Bible camps (as well as many other camps and retreats) each summer.  2018 will mark FGCI’s 12th consecutive season of Bible Camp ministry at Camp of the Good Shepherd.

This being the 50th year that the camp facilities have been used to God’s glory as a Bible camp, we thought it would be a great time to have a Jubilee 50! anniversary celebration.  Throughout the year, we plan to do celebration events and to send out fun “blasts from the past.”  We plan to kick off the celebration at our annual Rally@theCamp! on Saturday, May 19th.  Mark your calendars and be watching for more details to come.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Pics from the Past

(1969 - 1985)

P.O. Box 434, Council Bluffs, IA 51502-0434

Camp of the Good Shepherd is owned and operated by For God’s Children International (also known as FGCI and Fagucci), a Christ-centered benevolent ministry for children.  FGCI is based in Council Bluffs, Iowa USA.  FGCI serves needy children in Romania, Moldova and in the United States.  FGCI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation of Iowa (Fed. I.D.#42-1448176) and is supported by freewill gifts.  Find out more at https://www.fgci.org.  

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For God's Children International

P.O. Box 434, 

Council Bluffs, IA 51502-0434

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