The maintainance men do not like them arriving on camp property for they mar up the ground considerably. The rider of the huge lawn mower feels the effects as the mowing machine bumps along. It can get very uncomfortable. Alas, one cannot control the elk.
Be careful driving around these parts too. One time, as a mission kid was being driven home, an elk's antlers came crashing into the side window of the van she was in. The window broke just behind her head. The elk just took off.
On two occassions, as we have driven to Walmart, we have seen elk on the side of the divided high way...dead with people standing around waiting for help to arrive.
It's getting the time to go on hikes to look for antlers. Those eight pair of elk antlers will be rubbed off somewhere near. We heard that they can go for about $150.00 a set?!?! It's amazing that one of the maintainance men found a set a few years back. They are now mounted in the dining hall. It's kind of fun looking.
I don't know if I can tie this in with the character trait that was taught recently on hospitality, but I'll try.
The five points to hospitality that we taught were:
1. Treat other people as important. (I sure will respect those elk!)
2. Welcome visitors (Sometimes elk are welcomed, sometimes not. It depends on the person doing the welcoming. -I learned this month that sometimes we don't welcome people very well. We can shake a persons hand, but keep talking to someone else without even looking the person in the eye that we are shaking hands with. How are we treating that person? Not very importantly.)
3. Share your things. (Those elk are not sharing the horse hay! -usually we are willing to share our things with others. We like to help those in need.)
4. Don't expect anything in return (I'd love to have a set of elk antlers! -People can get manipulitive on this one. e.g. Let's be friends with those people so we can be popular too, or let's give a gift so we will look good. It's heart examining time on this one.)
5. Prepare for guests. (You never know when the elk arrive. Once they were in the horse pasture when we drove up. -Hmmm. Are we prepared for guests? Offer something to drink or something to eat when visitors stop by. It's good hospitality.
I Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.