Day 5 – We are prepared for a purpose

Today started at 5:30, and for most of your campers that was pretty early! But we quickly put them to work and had the boys and the girls alive, alert, awake, and enthusiastic; we had the trailer loaded and were on our way to breakfast by 6:30 on beautiful refreshing morning. On the walk to the cafeteria the kids talked of their week, home, family, friends, and pets that they would soon see again.

Thanks for trusting your kids to us this week! Right now they are doing their final small group devotion. Then they’ll go to a final team time with their age group. And finally we’ll all come back together for one last closing celebration and message — a message reminding us that God created us with a purpose — before we load the buses and head home. Home! Pray for safe travels, see you soon!


Sorry so late but there’s been a lot to wade through! At long last here are the OMC pics and vids! The team stuff and their fun chants are at the beginning of the video, then the rest of it is pretty much walking through the game itself with me as I waded into the chaos! There’s an epic shaving cream face smear at the end of the game that is totally worth the watch though. 🙂

Sign Language Track – Performance

What a week, what a day, and what a night! I’m processing all the OMC pics and vids now but I also want to share the excellent performance of the sign language track from the beginning of tonight’s worship service. Thankful for these kids and the work they put in this week to learning the signs for this song!

Day 4 – We are completely forgiven!

  • We are made in his image. (Tuesday)
    • We are truly loved. (Wednesday)
      • We are completely forgiven! (Thursday, today!)

Today is special for several reasons. First, it’s our last full day of camp, can you believe it!?? Second, it’s OMC day! This means that all of us are wearing our team colors today, so all across the campus kiddos are running around resplendent in Yellow, Green, and Blue — and there are even some really big “kids” all decked out in Orange! — to declare their colors and reflect well on their team! So too should those of us who claim Christ show our “colors” in such a way as to reflect well on Him and what he has done.

What has he done? He has made us in His image, loved us enough to pay an incredible price out of His own pocket to get us back when we “went over the fence”, and then completely forgave us! Not just forgiven some, a bunch, or even a whole lot — Through Christ we are COMPLETELY forgiven when we place our faith in His finished work on the cross.

Pray for your campers today as they have one last day of being doused in fun, games, and the gospel truth of how they can be completely forgiven.

Also, pray for the rain to hold off… or to come and go quickly. 🙂 Last I checked we show rain in the area about 12:45. I don’t mind so much if that affects track time, but we really want that rain cleared by 3:45p for OMC! OMC indoors is nowhere near as fun as OMC outdoors! Because of OMC I may not be able to post again until it’s all over this afternoon, but I’ll get pics and a vid posted as quickly as i can once it’s over!

Are you in the “us”?

What a day! We’re wrapping up another full day of activities, just one more full day to go!

As you know, our focal point for today is “You are truly loved”. From the very first Bible study time to the final message during Worship time, your kids have been surrounded with reminders from all sides that they are truly loved.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
— Romans 8:38-39 CSB

Pastor Pat gave an example tonight of a ball on the other side of a big fence, separated from the kids that wanted to play with it. Can that ball come back to the kids? Can it help even a little bit? No! But if the kids desire the ball enough then they will find a way to get it back. I’m not saying we are a ball exactly, but work with me here and see if you don’t agree the principle applies — we are separated from God by a fence of sin. We, like a ball over the fence, are powerless to do anything to get back over the fence ourselves — If God doesn’t pursue us then we’re just stuck on the other side of the fence and that’s the end of it. “But God”. Yes, “But God”! Check out Ephesians 2:4-8, and Romans 5:8 and take in for a moment the awesomeness of “But God!”. Indeed, because He truly loves us so much, through Christ God “climbed the fence” and came to get us!

That sounds so simple right? But Pastor Pat gave one final analogy to put what Christ did into some perspective. Pastor Pat showed us a Centrikid cape he bought that had a $10 price tag, so he paid $10, and if somebody asked him what the cape was worth he’d say “$10” because that’s what he was willing to pay for it. Then he asked…. “What was God willing to pay for you?” Salvation is a free gift to us, but it wasn’t free to God —  sin demanded a price and somebody had to pay that price. Fortunately for us, stuck on the other side of the fence, God showed us through Christ exactly what we are worth to Him when he willingly paid that price. If we place our faith in the finished work of Christ, we are in the “us” of Romans 8:38-39 and are eternally secure. So the question is: are you in the “us”?

A day in the life of a camper

Well, okay, more like “bits and pieces of one morning in the life of a camper” but that title seemed overly verbose.

However, for your viewing pleasure and to “mix things up a little” I have put together a couple of videos: The first is me asking whatever of our campers I could find right after lunch about their favorite things about camp so far. The second gives you an abbreviated look into our day… and this was all before lunch! So sit back, relax, and enjoy your campers — we are so glad they are here!

Day 3 – We are truly loved

I love mornings at camp! To wake up, hear the groans of kids who’d rather sleep longer, then to hear them get excited and “come alive” as they recount to each other the day before, and the expectation of the day to come. The sun rises over the trees, the grass is still wet. We’ve filled our stomachs with food, filled our water bottles with fresh water, and right now are filling our minds with the focus of the day — Each morning is a refreshing time of new beginning fitting of what lies ahead.

Pray for us and your campers today — that we would know how lovingly made we have been made, and to “put on” that love to be salt and light in the world. To remind the world that God didn’t just make us and then stuff us in a drawer to be forgotten. A fountain in the middle of the main courtyard reminds us of what we should know so well. That “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”, and the other side of the fountain reminds us what to do with that love, to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

What are you reflecting?

Our first full day — filled with track times, bible study, marshmallow catapults, pom pom launchers, tennis, football, soccer, food, fun, friends, and fellowship — is coming fast to a close. Right now the sun is setting, a breeze is blowing over the courtyard, and a hot day is turning into a beautiful night for the kids to finish the night playing outside for a bit before lights-out.

So, our overall theme for the week is “Blueprint, God’s Design”, and each day we focus on a more specific aspect. Today’s focus was “We are created in God’s image”, and all the lessons, games, track times, and other activities have reinforced that and culminated in our evening Worship service, a toned-down time where the environment and music are less “pumped up”; more thoughtful and introspective. After some worship in song, Pastor Pat gave the kids their final lesson of the day and finished with what is probably a convicting question to all of us:

Given that you are made in the Image of God; Are you reflecting God, or something else?

Pray for this message and question to penetrate into their hearts and minds; that they would respond to the Holy Spirit’s conviction to live appropriately to whose they are, and in whose image they were made.