Hi everyone! My name is Brayden Winemiller and I’m the media director back for my third year on the Beulah on the Road (BOTR) team. For those of you who don’t know, the BOTR team takes what everybody loves about Beulah Beach’s camps and brings it to host churches across the state. Monday through Friday, the church is transformed by our team’s amazing counselors into a place where kids from all different walks of life can come and experience the fun that Beulah Beach has to offer. Our top-notch team of leaders, counselors, and media staff work tirelessly dancing, playing games, acting in skits, and creating a God-centered atmosphere so kids can be kids and experience the joy of the Lord to the fullest. BOTR boasts a massive rock wall, fun inflatables, and an infamous dunk tank where kids get to have a blast soaking their counselors. However, my favorite piece of Beulah Beach that is brought along is our Crosswalk where campers can experience an impactful reenactment of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This invites campers to talk to their counselors and reflect upon God’s ultimate love for them and their redemption through the Cross. If you haven’t experienced Beulah on the Road before, you are missing out!
For three years Beulah Beach has been a great blessing in my life. I started as a BOTR counselor in summer 2019 and fell in love with the mission and ministry of Beulah. Being able to connect with my campers and point them to Jesus was an experience like no other and so rewarding. Also, being able to be part of a community of counselors who love God wholeheartedly was so refreshing. I fell in love with Beulah so much, leaving it at the end of the summer was probably one of the hardest things I had to do. Fast forward to 2021, I was able to come back to Beulah as the media director on the BOTR team after having skipped out on summer 2020 because of the pandemic. My time as media director brought renewed strength and joy as I was able to be part of a team that was faithfully spreading the love of Jesus Christ to kids all around. After summer 2021, I was all but positive that it would be my last time serving at Beulah since I would be graduating from Liberty University the coming spring.
Leading up to my graduation, I wrestled with God on what my life would like after I received my degree. I majored in mechanical engineering, but I had no idea where I should go, or what kind of job. I felt lost and frustrated as I tried to figure out what I wanted my life to look like as I moved on from college. After graduation, the same struggles continued, and I was begging for any sign from God on what I should do. Enter Beulah. I received a call one week before Beulah camps began from my old boss on the BOTR team offering me the open leadership position that needed to be filled. Me being me, I rejected the offer because it didn’t fit the blueprint that I was trying to create for my future. Several days after I rejected the offer, God got a hold on my heart and told me Beulah is where I needed to be. I finally realized my exhaustion, my frustration, and my anguish was from me trying to plan my life instead of using the one God had already made for me. God’s timing was too perfect, and I accepted the position on the BOTR team which has brought me here to now; me being part of the BOTR team trying to grow God’s kingdom here on Earth. I may not know much right now, but I am confident that God has led me this far to the right place, and he will continue to lead me to amazing places.
All this long story to say, we may not know what our future will be and that may terrify us. But we can all trust that God has made a way, a perfect plan for our lives. If we are willing to trust Him, our futures will be greater than the ones we could ever make by ourselves. “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).