July 25th 2010

Encountering God At Camp

“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath,
but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” “Fathers,
do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”
Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21 (NKJV)

In our denomination, we’re blessed to have hundreds of adults and older teenagers who faithfully serve as staff members in our many campsites around the world. These camps are devoted to helping older children and teenagers encounter Jesus.

I thank God each year, because it seems that we have been given a special gift through these camps, and it also appears to us that our Heavenly Father takes great joy in using these camps to transform the hearts and lives of the many young people who come, many year after year.

Our camps are designed to be Christ-centred, and truly they have become places of refuge, renewal and mission where participants—and that, regrettably in our day and age, includes our teenagers—leave behind every-day distractions. They can focus on the relationship with God that he has given us in Jesus. Many who come know nothing about God, they just look for a summer place where they can make new friends and have fun. And they can do that, of course. But many come to see—and that’s the point of it all—to see that the Christian life is one to be desired, not mocked or dismissed. In short, our camps truly are places to encounter God.

My thanks go to all the staff who serve our campers around the world. You are all making a lasting difference in many young lives.

If you are a young person interested in coming to camp next year or an adult who has been searching for a summer activity for your teenagers, somewhere with a Christian approach, and would like to send someone to one of our camps, you can find out more about our campsite in Britain at http://sepuk.org .

These camps are a wonderful opportunity for our young people to have lots of fun, experience new challenges and make friends—all in a Christian environment where they see Christ at work in the lives of others.

Eternal father, it is my responsibility as a parent to do the very best for my children. In this day and age this can be very difficult for Christian parents, so thank you for providing somewhere of benefit to our youth in a general Christian environment. Somewhere that combines the fun and friendship that youngsters want, with Christian values and Christian guidance. May it prove profitable physically and spiritually for the young people. We pray for the camp’s success and ask for your protection to campers and staff.
In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Joseph Tkach

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