I had the privilege of growing up at a camp where my parents still serve. It was a great experience getting to meet people from all over the country and sometimes from around the world. I also had access to horses, paddle boats and canoes, bb guns, archery, hiking trails, and best of all the camp gym anytime I wanted. Of all the great things about camp as I look back now, the most amazing thing was getting to see the way that God used camp to change people’s lives.
At camp, I was able to see people removed from their comfort zones and away from all the distractions of life. Then while at camp God began chipping away at all the baggage they carried and revealing their need of Him to them. Year after year I, saw what a powerful tool for change the camp setting was/is. Personally it was also at camp where I first felt called to go to Bible School and into ministry at the ages of 14 and 16.
While I am no longer working at my parents camp, God has blessed me with the amazing privilege of serving with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This summer, I got to help at basketball camps, wrestling camp, and our FCA Leadership Camp. Each time, I saw kids coming for various reason like loving a sport or wanting to hang out with friends. But even more amazing, I once again saw live changed for Christ. At Leadership Camp over 500 students heard the Gospel and 30 gave their lives to Christ. Once again, God took students out of their comfort zone, chipped away at the baggage, and they emerged as Christ-followers.
If you haven’t had the privilege of seeing the way God works through camps, I encourage you to make it a priority to do so. If you are young enough find a good Christian camp and go. If you are older find a Christian camp you can work/volunteer at. If you want to know some great FCA camps let me know and I’ll point you in the direction.