This will be my final post. In about 8 hours from now we will board the bus and head back to wild and wonderful home. One of our guys already told his leader he doesn’t want to go home. Why? Many reasons I am sure, but here are a few worth noting. Hard things await many kids at home. Here they get to be kids; they have food in their bellies; their own bed; very little pressures or concerns; they laugh often; and they are loved well. Thankfully they have friends and Young Life leaders to support and encourage them when they get home.
Last night was, surprise!! Another great night. It was different. Night one kids put on grubby clothes and ran through the obstacle course and got physically messy. Many of these kids showed up at Rockbridge spiritually messy. Last night, kids got cleaned up physically but putting on their nice outfits. They were served, for many, the fanciest dinner they have ever had. We took pictures (see below). Kids had fun dressing up and looking good. In addition, last night many kids got spiritually clean! Here is how it went down:
After dinner we had club. At club Croc shared the greatest love story ever – Jesus Christ, coming to earth to reconcile us to God by dying on a cross – taking our sin so we could experience life now and forever. The Gospel! Croc did an excellent job. After the talk he sent us all outside where nearly every light on the camp property was out. For 20 minutes kids spread out across the grass, under trees, on benches, and sat quietly. The stars were out and it was quite peaceful. Many kids prayed for the very first time. Some made decisions during this “holy” time to follow Jesus. Once a whistle blew all were ushered inside where they were greeted with a stage full of summer staff (college-aged) and work crew (high school). These folks volunteered for a whole month to serve and really make this camp happen. Two of the work crew kids shared their faith journey story. It was very well done. The night concluded with some free time before cabin bell and cabin time.
This morning we had brunch. I am full. We also had our last Real Life. Croc shared about the resurrection and explained to the campers what it looks like to follow Jesus. We then had our area meeting. I had kids write a letter to themselves that I will mail out around Christmas. We also gave them our area t-shirt to wear this evening. It’s free time until we have dinner, clean our cabins, and have our last club. I am grateful for the prayers and support to make this camp happen. I am grateful for energy and the sacrifice of our leaders to come and love on kids. I am graI am incredibly blessed. Thanks for reading and I hope it served as an encouragement to you.