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Troyers Hollow Campout Bonds Brethren After Months Spent Apart

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Troyers Hollow Campout Bonds Brethren After Months Spent Apart

Holmes County, Ohio—In June, 46 brethren gathered in tents, campers, hammocks and as day visitors to camp out in this remote hollow in Amish country. The Troyer’s Hollow campout is an annual favorite in the Northeast Ohio congregations, but the invite is extended to all who wish to join.

On Friday evening, attendees came together around a campfire by a stream for a Bible study and spiritual discussion. For many it was their first opportunity to visit and fellowship with one another since the beginning of the pandemic in March.

Outdoor services were held midday Saturday, where light rain held off until the final hymn. Later, brethren gathered under the open pavilion to study and discuss moments in their lives when God had helped them “let go” of fears, anxiety and other troubles in their spiritual walk.

It was a beautiful weekend spent in the wooded hillsides. All enjoyed God’s creation and fellowship with one another. Safe guidelines were followed, yet brethren enjoyed an experience that was far from spiritually distanced, and look forward to more campouts in the years ahead.