Bright and early yesterday morning my family and I met our Lee County FCA Leadership team at the Lee County Rec. Center to head to Campbellsville University for the 2015 FCA Leadership Camp. This year we are taking 4 girls and 2 boys with us to have a great experience as they are trained in how to be leaders for Christ, know what they believe and why, and share their faith with others. The students were also excited to have the experience of staying in college dorms, making new friends and all kinds of various fun activities as well.
We arrived at Campbellsville University early in the afternoon and the students were able to check in and find out where they were staying, what huddles they were joining for competition and devotions, and also to get all kinds of goodies like shirts and a brand new FCA Student Bible. From there the students found their dorms and quickly got settled in meeting their fellow students and huddle leaders.
The rest of the day the students were kept busy with a full schedule. We had a big kickoff in the school chapel where the students started camp off with a great time of praise and worship. From there they met more of their leaders and were sent out to play various games all over the campus. As usual, a favorite game was “Tubemania” which is a form of tug-o-war played with tire inner tubes! Once the games were over the students had worked up a big appetite and so we headed to the campus dining hall where everyone had a great meal with lots of food to choose from.
After dinner the students went back the the chapel where they listened to various speakers share about topics they would be teaching in buzz groups. Buzz groups are little small groups that meet for about 30 to 45 minutes and deal with a variety of Biblical, moral, ministry, and various other topics. The students are able to hear what groups are offered and then choose two to go to that interest them. I encouraged all our students to really go to the group that applies most to them or interests them the most.
While the students were in their buzz groups, my kids Maeven and Judah had their own mini camp for the kids of all the adult workers and chaperones here at Leadership Camp. Judah as always was a little unsure, but had a great time. Maeven, our little social butterfly, jumped right in and began making new friends and was very upset when she had to leave the lessons, games, and friends to go back to our room for bed time!
After Buzz Groups, we all headed back to the chapel for our evening service. We were once again blessed with a great time of worshipping Christ through songs. You could definitely feel the spirit moving as we sang and listened to the testimony of a football player from the University of Louisville. Our speaker at camp this year, is once again Mark Cahill, who played basketball at Auburn and was Charles Barkley’s college roommate. Mark shared with thestudents about how so many students are walking away from Christ and spent the night talking about reasons why students walk away and how all these various things need not cause them to reject Christ. He talked to them about how they could be assured of their salvation and stand up to the various issues that arise that may cause them to doubt their faith. It was a great and challenging message for our students to hear.
Today, we start another day of activities, worship, Bible study, and being challenged to grow and be bold in our faith. Please pray throughout the day for our students that they will let God speak to them this week and forever change their lives!