As I was thinking about this 25th Anniversary of Southeastern, I thought, “I bet there are a few second or even third generations of campers on these grounds”. I was right because in just a few steps from the Adult Pavilion, I found a couple of families. Each day I will highlight a family.
Sabbath afternoon, I found part of the Howard family seated with other church members outside of their camper. Ernest and Julia Howard are members of the Mt. Sinai Seventh-day Adventist Church in Orlando, Florida, under the pastoral care of Brent Waldon. The Howards have regularly attended camp meeting. “I remember attending as a child at 14 years old”, said Sister Julia Howard. She has attended camp meeting for 61-years and has always stayed for the ten days except on one occasion. They have five adult children--two sons and three daughters—and five grandchildren. As most will say, their children “grew up” here.
“What I really enjoyed about camp meeting was seeing our kids make life-long friends, that they presently keep in touch with today”, said Sister Harriet Howard, Julia’s sister-in-law. “I always looked forward to coming every year. Camp meeting is a very spiritual experience.”
The youngest of Sister Julia Howard’s daughters, Carlotta McKenzie, is present with her own two daughters, Carlette, age 9, and Stephanie, age 7. “I remember hanging out with my friends and checking out the boys”, says Carlotta. I believe this is one “recreation” that has not changed much among the generations.
“I remember baptisms and swimming in the lake”, says Ernest Howard, Jr., the eldest of Sister Julia’s sons. Stephanie said that she likes “camping out and playing on the playground.”
Stay tuned as we highlight a different family each day.