On Sunday we dedicated the entire day to the youth of our church. We had a wonderful week at the Wilds Christian Camp and wanted to share with our people what God was doing in the lives of our juniors and our teens. On Sunday evening we showed the videos from Junior Boot Camp and from Teen Camp at the Wilds Christian Camp in Brevard, NC. We also gave an opportunity for the young people to share testimonies about their week at camp. We had all of the parents and children in our church to come to the front of our auditorium where we prayed a prayer of dedication for our families.
On Sunday morning, the message was entitled “Another Generation.” How many generations are we away from Christianity being extinct? Judges 2:10 says that there arose another generation that knew not God. It is critical that we reach each generation individually. This challenging message can be heard by following this link or visit our sermons page.
God has given us an incredible week at camp. The weather has been gorgeous, a little hot, but no one can complain. The campers have done great. We are so proud of our junior campers that came with us for the first time. We are rejoicing in many decisions that were made. We are looking forward to our service on Sunday evening at Tabernacle Baptist. We will show the Junior Camp DVD and take camper testimonies and then show the Teen Camp DVD.
On Friday we spent the day playing exciting games and listening to some dynamic preaching. During the afternoon our campers were able to enjoy the free time activities at the camp site. Several of our young people even took another hike and enjoyed S’mores. The competition for the week ended with the green team winning for the teen camp, and the red team winning for junior camp. I’m sure our campers will be cheering for the first part of our journey home tomorrow. It is always fun to hear the excitement of a good week at camp. After lunch they will all settle down a little and may even catch a little nap. Pray for Jen as she drives the bus back. We are planning on returning to Wilson and arriving around 4:30 p.m.
The final service of the night was a real blessing. Keven Brownfield preached on The Cost of Being a Genuine Christian. He challenged each of us to live like first generation Christians. So many times we see second and third generation Christians growing more and more apathetic. He preached from Luke 14:25-35. In order to live like a first generation Christian it is going to cost us (1) Our Closest Relationships, (2) Our Lives, (3) Our Time and Things. To listen to this same message, follow this link. Brother Brownfield did not give a come forward invitation. Instead he told the young people to look at the door closest to them. He then challenged them when they left the service to go out and live for God.
Following the evening service, the campers all shared a testimony at the campfire service by throwing a stick on the fire, symbolic of our lives that are surrendered to God. What a blessing to see so many young people declaring their allegiance to Christ.
The Lord gave us another beautiful day at camp. Following lunch, our youth leaders met with the teen campers from our group for a time of ‘Family Reunion.” The campers shared testimonies of what God has been teaching them. We also played an exciting game of Gazeeball. You will have to have them explain it to you. During the afternoon the female campers enjoyed a hike to the waterfalls, while the male campers enjoyed the free time activities at the campsite. It has been fun to watch all of our kids enjoying the miniature golf, tubing, the giant swing, the land trolley, and the super slide. A few have really enjoyed the snacks they are buying with the spending money that was sent.
Keven Brownfield preached in the evening on “The Theology of Forgiveness,” from Matthew 18. He emphasized that there is (1) A Vertical Forgiveness, but there is also (2) A Horizontal Forgiveness. Again, there was a great response from the campers. You can listen to this same message by following this link to Sermon Audio.
After the service the teen campers played a fun game of Feet Ball under the lights on the ball field. You will have to have your campers explain this one to you as well. It was a blast! We will find out which team wins the week on Friday evening.
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