Friday started off bright and early for us hear at the 2015 FCA Leadership Camp. Students were all gathered by 7:30 for a time of exercise and prayer to start the day. From there they were able to have both time to go get breakfast and also take time for their personal devotions. It was awesome walking around the campus here at Campbellsville University and see so many of our FCA students alone with their Bible studying God’s Word and spending time praying to Him!
From the quiet time we went to our morning chapel session where we were once again blessed through the praise and worship music. Seeing students who normally are more self conscious about what people think of them openly lifting praises to God is a great thing to be a part of. The morning speaker challenged the students on how the only way to live an Undefeated life is to live for Christ! After the morning chapel service the students spent the next couple of hours either in team competition or in their Huddles doing small group Bible study! Erin and I really enjoyed watching our students compete against each other in dodgeball!
Before lunch the students had a team building session where they were taught about how to share their faith and impact their schools for Christ. Today they will actually be having another team time and get more training that they will be able to put into practice right away. Please be in prayer for our students as they take what they have learned at Camp this week in team training times, chapel services, huddles, and in fellowship with fellow student believers and go out into the local community and do door to door evangelism!
During the afternoon on Friday the students had lots of fun activities to keep them busy. More games were played and our girls especially got into “Tubemania!” One of the best parts of Friday afternoons for the students and families here is free time where you can rest, play basketball and other games, and even take advantage of the large indoor pool. My daughter was thrilled to be able to go swimming with “her teenagers.”
Friday evening was packed with lots of fun and lots of training. The students were treated to a Christian illusionist who uses magic tricks to share the love of Christ. Everyone from my little kids, to our teens, to Erin and I enjoyed watching all the slight of hand and tricks the illusionist used and seeing how he was using his gifts for Christ. From this treat we dived right back into evening chapel with a great time of praising God and hearing from our speaker about how we can effectively share the Gospel. Our speaker definitely holds no punches when challenging our students about what a true leader for Christ looks like.
As far as camp goes it was a truly great day and watching our students interact and grow has been extremely encouraging. Especially on a day where as a follower of Christ their has been so much frustration and discouragement. I don’t want to get into the whole SCOTUS debate over the decision that was made on Gay marriage today. Most anyone who knows me knows what I believe and my sadness at the court ruling and state of affairs in our country. What saddened me most as I looked through various forms of social media today was so many “Christian” friends celebrating the SCOTUS ruling. Friends who once would have said they believe in the Bible as God’s Holy Infallible Word, now celebrating something (sin) that goes directly against God’s Word. As I read so many of these people putting up the hashtag “Love Wins,” I grew even sadder and more frustrated that people have forgotten true Love won over 2,000 years ago when Christ laid down his live for our sins, took a punishment we deserved, and rose and conquered death and the grave. Doing so to show love and forgiveness to every sinner. Today was not a Love issue at our forefront it’s a sin issue, and thankfully we have a God who’s Love has already won and we can share that with anyone caught in any sin. We can’t be wishy washy Christians anymore scared to take a stand and openly showing on social media we don’t know what we believe as we spew out praise for things that clearly goes against the Word of a God who loves us so much. We have to be solid, we have to be ready to show love and share God’s good news, to take a stand when necessary, and to know what we believe and why. And that’s why last night I didn’t go to bed depressed over the day’s events. Because I know that right now over 500 students are here at FCA Leadership Camp praising God, learning about who He is, being trained to to know what they believe and why, and trained in how to share this uncompromising Love to all they come in contact with. May we be as diligent and bold for Christ as they are!