It’s hard to believe that we are already back from another year of FCA Leadership Camp. God truly blessed us this year as we saw Him work in the lives of many students.
The biggest highlight of the weekend once again came on Saturday afternoon as our students were sent out on a Faith Trip. On the faith trip the students are sent out in small groups of five or six with a leader to go through the neighborhoods of Campbellsville, KY. They went door to door taking the tools that they had been given during Leadership Camp, and shared the Gospel with complete strangers. The exciting thing is seeing the nerves and fears that build up in our students before they go out, transform into excitement and joy when they return telling about their experiences. Almost all of them came back saying that the Faith Trip was either their favorite part of camp or one of their favorite parts. Myself and our teacher sponsor, Jessica Napier, debriefed the students about their experiences and encouraged them to pray that the seeds of the Gospel they planted will come to fruition. And to pray for each individual they spoke to, even pray for those who were Christians that they would have impacted them so that they will be bold and share their faith too!
Maeven and Judah both enjoyed the kids camp that was held for the children of the FCA Staff, coaches, teachers, chaperones, and other camp volunteers. Judah was too young to really attend, but loved when Erin and I would take him into the gym where the other kids met and he could run around and play on the big soft gymnastic mats. Maeven, truly enjoyed the company of the other kids and loved going to her “classroom”. Before we left camp she even went all around hugging her little friends that she had made over the week. The biggest highlight for her and for us though came on Sunday morning. Maeven’s “Classroom” got up in front of over 500 people and sang. We didn’t think she would get up in that crowd, but there she was clapping her hands, singing, and wearing her cute little sunglasses!
Before the students left on Sunday, they had one last chapel service, where the speaker once again challenged them to be “Relentless.” This time not only did he challenge them to be “Relentless” for Christ, but also to be “Relentless” in their hatred of sin, not just their hatred of other peoples sin, but all the sin issues in our own lives. He told the students how can we love the one who died for our sins, but still love those sins if we are to be “Relentless” for Christ! It was a challenge that really resonated with the teens.
As we return home now, please keep praying for our students that they will take the teaching, challenges, fellowship, and everything else they learned to be bold in sharing their faith with family, friends, and anyone else they have an opportunity to share the love of Christ with. Pray that they will truly become the leaders for Christ that we know they can be. God is going to do some great things and we can’t wait to see how he works!