If you think about a couple having an argument, which topic comes to mind first? Money, right? The ‘experts’ tell us that most marital spats surround the topic of finances and far too many divorces are driven by the same strife. Not for Brant and Heather Hougas. They are the only couple I have ever met who actually ‘fight’ about who gets to balance the family budget and books each month. They don’t just tolerate financial details, they LOVE them!
This tells you why Brant is so well suited to serve as the Office Manager at Living Waters Bible Camp in Westby. God has created and gifted Brant with a mind that skillfully manages details. And thankfully he has a temperament that also enjoys this kind of vital service. Brant is a graduate of Moody Bible institute who has been serving at Living Waters since 2012.
Camping ministry always involves the great outdoors: hiking, swimming, horseback riding and zip-lining. Summer camp is for making crafts, sleeping in cabins and sitting around campfires. And Christian camps are about teaching and training people of all ages in Biblical knowledge and Godly living. Living Waters has all of these and more. I consider LWBC to be a premier discipleship and training camp in the Midwest region. What they lack in acreage they make up for in serious teaching and training. But all of this activity cannot happen without someone like Brant running the show from behind the scenes. Like all camp staff, Brant gets his hands dirty and loves to hang out with summer campers in the sunshine. They sing their hearts out to God and play their bodies out to exhaustion. Brant loves this, but his calling is in the details. A $650,000 budget, a staff team and hundreds of campers will fall into chaos without someone managing the details.
On the day I visited him, I tried to make myself useful by folding brochures and stuffing envelopes for a large ministry mailing. I’m not a detail guy but I can stuff envelopes for a few hours with the best of them. And I learned the coolest trick from Brant for ‘licking’ the envelopes! He could certainly teach me a ton about running a crisp office. (Just don’t look too closely at mine!)