Well, I survived camp again this year. It was so stinkin’ fun! I was a little nervous because, of my 9 girls, I only knew 3 of them. But they were awesome! The first night we had an experience and in our small groups afterwards we had such a great conversation- all the girls were talking about what they got out of the message and it was cool. I had a couple of girls that were so into God. They both were so inspiring to me (not really the word I’m looking for but for lack of better words). One of them I saw sitting on her bunk bed during some free time reading the Word- I NEVER did that when I was in the youth!
During the experiences it was awesome to see the students trully worshipping God, whether they were lifting their hands in worship, on their knees, or just singing. The second night we talked about prayer and the students were given the opportunity to write their prayers on the walls of the worship center. It was so heart-breaking to read their prayers later that night. Why do they have to be going through so much at such a young age? I do know that God will use what they’re going through if they will allow Him to. The last night each student wrote the sin they need to get out of their life and pinned it to a wooden cross on the wall. Then we took communion in our small groups. This was my first time to lead communion and it was so awesome to be able to tell them why it was so important and to read scripture together and to take the bread and juice.
I was really surprised how well the girls all got along with each other. I was also surprised out how close I got to each of these girls. It was such a different experience than I had last year. I pray these girls continue to live what they learned…long after camp.
This is my group of girls!
This is one of the crosses where the students pinned up the sin they need to get rid of in their life.
So tomorrow our youth group leaves for camp and will return Sunday afternoon. We’re going to Camp WOW in Gerty, Oklahoma. I am so stinkin’ excited. I have 8 jr. high girls in my group. Please pray for safe travels and for God to do some amazing things in the lives of our students this week.
Lifechurch is currently doing our famous ‘At the Movies’ series right now. This last week it was over the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness”. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie but there was something that was said in the movie that caught my attention this week.
“It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?” ~Christopher Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness