Youth Camp:Day 1
Camp is in full swing this morning with everyone up and ready for the day. The first day went great with groups coming as far as Texas and New Mexico to join us. We were intorduced to each other, the camp staff, and the camp rules. The students were also divided up into their teams for the week. In these teams, they will participate in bible studies together, as well as group games. This is where much of the application for the week takes place as the students interact with the leaders and each other.
The evenings begin with Worship as we meet together to sing, pray, and listen to the Word shared in a relevant way to all. It also has mix of compelling videos, and some that are a little on the goofy side, too. There is a time of decision at the end of every message where the students can come to the adults to discuss a decision, or just ask for prayer. After Worship, we break up into our church groups for a time of discussion. Our group consits of our church, and some of the smaller groups that are attending. Last night, the message and discussion was based on Matt 22:37-40, giving our all to Christ. It was exciting to hear the students share where they have failed to give their all in the past, and their plans to give their all in the future. The night concluded with “The Late Shoe”. This is a time in the evening where the staff and students participate in a very fun and engaging activity or game. Last night, the students played Ther Bean Game. In this game, a small group of students were given 20 beans, a larger group given 12 beans, and the majority given 7 beans. The beans act like money, and the goal is to acquire shelter (cost 6 beans), food and water (1 bean), and medicine (3 beans) by the end of the game. During the course of the game, police officers can take a bean for various infractions, disasters can take beans or resources, or the wealthy can take beans from the poor. After the game, we took time to debrief and understand the real life concepts, and then pray for the vast majority of people in the world whom are poor and live without food, water, shelter, and the medicine they daily.
As you are praying for cam this week, please lift up:
- Joe Burton, the man who was supposed to be the camp pastor until he had exploritory surgery on Friday. We are all unsure about what the doctors found and the impact.
- Jeremy Ray, camp director. He is having to fill in all the spots that Joe was going to do. This adds much more stress physically and mentally. Pray for God to sustain him.
- The students, especially those whom are going through great trials right now. One young lady has recently tried to commit suicide. Another young man is just going through the motions of church, but is angry at God due to the death of his brother.
- Safety throughout the week.
- God will meet us here and move in a mighty way. There are students that need to hear from him this week. We are all very expectant.
Know that I am praying for you right now, in whatever God may put your hand today. SDG