Because I Can Be Myself Here

By Kara Ridenhour

Director, Lutherock

A look at the work of NovusWay Ministries

This past summer hundreds of youth and adults made their way to Lutherock for a week spent living in a fun, safe, Christ-centered community while exploring God’s playground of a creation. Throughout the week campers are living in a loving community, experiencing new outdoor adventures together, and spending intentional time talking about Christ through every aspect of their day. This combination can only be found in a camp setting and has a big impact on a camper’s faith journey. Orfilio Pelaez, attended 4 of the 8 weeks of camp offered at Lutherock. When asked why he kept coming back, he said “because I can be myself here.” Orfilio went on to say, “Lutherock has had a huge impact on my life. It gave me a new sense of adventure. It brought me much closer to God with all the outstanding Bible study. The positive and uplifting environment made me more confident with myself. I made so many friends who I am still in contact with. Overall Lutherock has been an extremely positive experience for me and I look forward to next summer and coming back to Lutherock.” The impact goes beyond the camper. Orfilio’s mother, Camille Gulisano-Pelaez had this to say about Orfilio after his experience at Lutherock: “Orfilio has always been a good person, but Lutherock has given him room to grow spiritually as well as mentally and physically. He is much more adventurous since his camp experience. In addition, he is very comfortable with who he is, which many teenagers are not! I cannot say enough positive things about Lutherock, it is a great experience and has such a positive impact.” This is just one of hundreds of campers and camper parents who were touched by God on Lutherock’s mountain this summer.

Lutherock is one of four of NovusWay Ministries’ sites which include Lutheridge, Luther Springs, and Lutheranch. Each site hosts summer camp for youth, adult programs, and retreat venues for church councils, and other groups. Please visit our website at and explore the many opportunities for supporting this important ministry of the church.

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