Here we are. Six hours from departure. I just got done going down the zip line with a young man who has a story that is nearly unbelievable. Abandonment, brokenness, lost, and death litter his story. I cannot adequately express how grateful he is here. He is having a blast and just conquered his fear of heights with be on the zip line.
Last night after our banquet / dress-up dinner, we heard the greatest love story ever told at club. Joe again hit a home run with talking about the cross Jesus had to endure and the implications of it. After the talk, we all were sent out for 20 minutes. The camp was completely pitch black. It is a very powerful time as kids often times pray or cry – sometimes for the very first time. We are then brought back into the club room where the summer staff and work crew are on stage singing. Summer Staff (college aged) and Work Crew (high schoolers) work without pay for a month to ensure the campers have a great time at camp. One Work Crew kid is picked to share his testimony between songs. A boy did a wonderful job sharing his redemption story. It was a very emotional night for many kids – lots of hugs, lots of tears. Afterward, we had free-time to hang out. Mostly everyone hung with their areas before heading back to their cabins for cabin time.
Today we had brunch and another Real Life. After Real Life, Joe shared about the resurrection and how it validates everything Jesus said and did. We then had an area meeting and lots of free time for us leaders to follow-up with our kids for one on ones to see how they have processed the Gospel and the week.
Soon there will be a New Believers Meeting. Kids who made decisions for Jesus or rededicated their lives attend this and learn how to live out their faith. Myself and a few other leaders will be there with a handful of kids from our area who have surrendered their lives to Christ Jesus this week and are ready to live it out. Amen!
This evening we will clean cabins, eat dinner, and have our final Club. Then onto the bus and home we head. Another life changing week for kids. Another week for kids to just be kids. Another week for kids to be free and have a blast with their friends. Another week to cast Gospel seeds on kids – trusting the Lord to do the redemptive work! Now us leaders go home, roll up our sleeves, for now the real hard work begins – discipling and following up.