Youth Camp:Final Night
We have come to the most difficult part of camp, the final night. Tomorrow, all the youth will travel back to their homes. Some will be welcomed into a loving family where they will be encouraged to share all that they experienced while at camp. Many others will find that despite all the great things that happened at camp, the evils they left at home are still there. Their parents will still be fighting, with words and with fists. Some will go home with a relative because mom or dad is out of work or has abandoned them altogether. Others will be faced with the same temptations of drugs and alcohol from friends. And still others will struggle to deal with the pain they face by cutting themselves and entertaining thoughts of suicide. In light of all this, there is a side of me that wishes camp would never end and that places like this would last longer to provide hope and safety for all. Then I remember that there is a God who is bigger and more powerful than all of that combined. I can relax in knowing that God is in control and is aware of every situation. Much like the rafting experience I had today, I can trust God in the wind and the waves.
The day’s activities were identical to yesterdays. For worship tonight, we were faced with the concept of forgiveness. In order to connect with those whom have treated us badly, we must forgive. This carried over to church devotional time where the students expressed the difficulties they have had with forgiving those whom have hurt them deeply. We took time to pray for each student individually and encouraged them in their desire to make things right with those whom have mistreated them. This was then followed by a Talent Show and a time of fellowship. We are letting everyone have a little extra time before bed tonight since we are all leaving tomorrow.
Thank you for all your prayers and support. We have had an outstanding group of students from FBC Bayfield, and have had a lot of fun as well. It has been a joy to share daily what all has been going on at camp. Continue to pray for:
- Safe travel home for all groups. We are going to leave right after breakfast and be back at the church around 10:00 am.
- The students who still need to make a decision for Christ.
- The students who are facing troubled or broken homes.
- The students who have made some type of decision.
- The leaders and churches that they will welcome the student’s excitement and that it will be contagious.
You have been critical in all that has gone on this week. I cannot tell you enough how grateful I am to God for you. God Bless you and thank you for being a part of this amazing week.