Voluntary outdoors study on Hebrews 11.
High school camp was so good- and so different than the previous two camps. The younger weeks are watching, learning... and asking less, these youth ask while subtly watching.
Dudes playing a round of Smash Up.
This year's high school camp was the most joyous and laugh filled we have ever experienced. There was a mixture of believers and lost, but many of the youth specifically came seeking to learn about God. Discipleship is so apparently needed, and all of our counselors loved going in depth with their individual breakouts, working through questions of life with answers found in scripture.
This is also the age that allows us more freedom of schedule and a greater depth of friendship. Nap times turn into a combo of snoozing, chill games, or one-on-one conversations, mealtimes stretching their boundaries with swapped stories, evenings wearing late with stargazing, confession, and prayers. It is said truly in James 5:16, confession brings about healing from one another through prayer.
We had the blessing of Pastor James Owlabi from Chicago once again as our session teacher. He taught about faith through the book of Nehemiah. Faith is doing what, how, and when, as God tells you. Faith is an act of courage- action in the face of fear. We make decisions out of fear of many things when we forget what our faith is in, and what promises we stand on.
Finally, we were brought to confession as a first step of building faith. As James said, "not everything we face can be changed, but nothing can be changed without facing it".
We concluded the week by making a 'game plan', what it is we would do upon returning home. Camp is such an amazing and safe retreat, a space to clear thoughts and be encouraged and refreshed, but it is not our everyday experience. What plan will you employ to stand against the schemes of the evil one? When will you read the word of God? Where will you make that happen?
Listening to sermons and teachers and reading books or going to camp only goes so far. You must make the choice for yourself to go for it and invest in your relationship with God.
Please pray for youth returning home to stick with their game plans, that the Holy Spirit would reveal God's word to them so that they would taste and see how good God is, that his promises are sweet, unshakable, and life giving. That the fruit of the spirit would work out through their lives and display God's glory. Please pray for Bethany Farm as we debrief and praise God for his faithfulness and power.
May God's grace and peace be with you.