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Flooding affects ELCA camps in Colorado and North Dakota

Brent Seaks, director of Badlands Ministries, an ELCA camp along the Little Missouri River south of Medora, N.D., recognizes that "being in the midst of God's creation certainly comes with challenges."

It did this summer in several places, including Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp in Colorado, where fires caused an evacuation. Badlands Ministries (shown here) held camp as scheduled despite flooding.

Brent Seaks

Seaks said, "When the floodwaters overtook the roads and all of the buildings were islands, camp staff and volunteers came in by rowboat and kayaks to work 12-hour shifts nonstop for an entire week [and] run sump pumps and shop vacs ...."


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