In 2013, Scott surrendered to a call from the Lord for full time Christian service. Not really knowing in what area God would call him, he began to pray and seek. After three years, God made it very clear that His call was for Scott and Jennifer Carsley to build a Christian camp. After you receive a clear call from the Lord, you want to put the pedal to the metal and get moving; however, God had not shown them where. So like a missionary who starts with survey trips, they began to look in different areas, starting with West Virginia. While spending a weekend touring a camp for sale in West Virginia, there was just a feeling of unsettlement. Mississippi and other areas were also prayed about, but with each new state considered, God kept returning their hearts here at home in Virginia. With the area settled, the process of meeting with lawyers to write the bylaws, putting a board of directors together, and the process to receive our non-profit 501(c)(3) started.
In the summer of 2016, after contacts that led to other contacts, the Carsleys met with a gentleman who was selling a piece of property in Louisa, VA. After walking this beautiful property connected to Bowlers Mill Lake, there was no doubt that this land would make a beautiful camp setting. They quickly placed a deposit on the land to secure it. With one major issue on the table that could not be resolved; which was the ban of swimming in the lake connecting to the property which was owned by the county. It was decided, it was best to pull out of the contract. With mixed emotions, they waited to see what God had next. God’s next surprise was in the form of a phone call.
From IRS paperwork to county paperwork, meetings, forms, phone calls to and from churches, and realizing the need for marketing and fundraising, time was a growing problem. Scott began to pray earnestly for someone with a heart for camp ministry to help in the growing labor.
In late December, Scott received a phone call from James Burnett with an interest in the ministry. Trying to contain his excitement over the phone, Scott wondered if this was God’s direct answer to his prayer. With a time set up for everyone to meet, along with several meetings thereafter, God made it clear that this partnership was of His choosing and could not be more perfect. James and his wife, Stacey, come with four years of camp experience. James was a Youth Pastor for 13 years and is a deacon at his church. It is evident that they have a love for serving the Lord.
So back to the drawing board we went. On January 14th, our team of board members met to discuss our options. We were praying and asking for God to show us the next door. We had looked at land that is connected to the South Anna River as well as an older established camp for sale. We also spent a full day touring a large camp on the east coast that is currently up for grabs. The facilities is in every way a perfect example of our vision for The Edge Christian Camp. Not to mention, everything from trashcans to canoes, life vests, vehicles, commercial kitchen, furniture, a rock wall/repelling lighthouse, zip line, ropes obstacle course, director’s house, (practically everything you would need) was left behind! With a little cleaning, lives could be impacted for Christ immediately. As we continue with what is required in order to build a camp from the ground up, we are praying for the opportunity that The Edge Christian Camp could call this large camp on the east coast home. We are grateful how God has led us this far and for all the people He has allowed us to meet. We have a wonderful group of board members that are dedicated to keeping the mission of this ministry which is “To disciple men, women, and children for the glory of God, and to promote their spiritual and physical well-being through year-round camp, conference, and retreat events.”
Please continue in prayer as we continue in the Lord’s leading.