P.O. Box 1885
Boerne, TX 78006
The camp experience would focus on mind, body, and soul. It would provide an environment where young athletes could be coached and equipped with multiple aspects of sports. In the process, all athletes would be taught criteria needed to reach their “full-potential” as an athlete and, more importantly, as a person. At the same time, these campers would be taught the importance of God in their lives.
One of those football players, Matt Moehrig took the initiative to move the project from “vision” to “reality”. After graduating from Trinity University in 2000, Mr. Moehrig joined the coaching staff at Ray High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, yet he could not leave his college dream behind. In his spare time, he pursued his vision. After continued encouragement and prayerful support from friends and family, in October of 2001, Mr. Moehrig formed Still Water Christian Ministries. Still Water is a 501(c)(3) approved nonprofit corporation formed under the laws of the State of Texas.
As a full-time educator and coach and a part-time fund raiser and organizer, Mr. Moehrig set his sights on an inaugural camp date of July 2002. With God’s blessings and the help of others beginning to buy into his dream, the vision took on legs!
And right on schedule in July of 2002, 80 middle school athletes from Corpus Christi, Texas boarded buses bound for the inaugural Deer Creek Football Camp in Medina, Texas. Prayer, hard work, and persistence paid off. Space for the campers had been contracted on a per camper basis at Deer Creek Family Camp facilities located on the Medina River. Volunteers staffed the coaching and counseling positions and corporations, churches and individuals provided the funding.
And, in the following summer of 2003, the success was repeated. Although over 450 athletes expressed interest in attending the camp, there was only space for 90. In addition, the volunteer staff doubled to 24. With the help of local businesses and churches, over 50% of the athletes attended on scholarships.
Still Water realized the fruit of its efforts in the camps of 2002-03, as over 100 decisions were made to accept Christ (see camper testimonies). In addition, a daily coaches’ devotional led by one of our spiritually mature staff members also contributed to the spiritual growth of our other volunteer coaches.
The camp counselors were made up of college and high school athletes from around the state. The counselors willingly participated in morning devotionals led by one of our coaches. It is also important to note that these camps continue to bear fruit. After camp, the 2003 coaching staff traveled back to their respective schools and started three Bible Studies and three Fellowship of Christian Athlete huddles. What a testimony to God’s work through Still Water!