thank God for camps…

summer-camps-bannerI 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.

First week of camp 2015…

11campsign2The first week of camp kicked off yesterday at Youth Haven Bible Camp with our annual Teen Camp.  While most of the time I work at the Lee County Recreational Center, I was able to go and help pick up campers for Teen Camp.  Most of the campers that I helped pick up were scholarship campers who have either earned a free week of camp or have been sponsored.   Seeing these kids arrive to meet our van and be so excited to go off to camp or a week was a huge blessing.   I know all the fun that awaits them at camp and all the hard work that has gone into preparing activities, devotions, chapel services, and making sure these campers know how much that God loves them and how they can have a relationship with Him.  Camp, as I have shared before had a profound impact on my walk with Christ and I know it’s making a difference in the lives of all this year’s campers as well.  Please be in prayer this week that God will move mightily at Youth Haven Bible Camp. Pray that many students will accept Christ as their personal savior and pray that those who have already made that decision will possibly give their lives to full time ministry.  God is going to do great things and I thank your for your partnership in prayer!

last grade school camp of the summer…

Let's go to camp!

Let’s go to camp!

This morning as this post goes live, I am on the road to pick up grade school campers for the final week of Grade School summer camps at Youth Haven Bible Camp.  I always love going to pick up the kids and seeing how most of them are so excited about going to camp.  I also love talking to the students who are nervous and potentially looking home sick.  Those kids I try to share with all the fun things that they are going to do at camp, the people they will meet, and also all that they are going to learn about in chapel.  Please pray for the students that are coming to camp this week that they will have a great week and make lots of new friends.  But most importantly they will be open to the messages they will hear about the love of Christ through the music and our speaker.  Pray that our speaker will clearly communicate the Word to our campers.  Pray for our counselors and staff as they interact with the campers that they will have opportunities to share the Gospel as well.  This is going to be a great week and I know God is going to do great things!  Keep praying!

starting to click…

my sweet Maeven...

my sweet Maeven…

The past week has been a very busy one for my children.  They have been going like crazy to camp, VBS, and church.  On Sunday, Maeven was even promoted to the next Sunday School age group and moved into Children’s Church.  Through all these experiences both kids have been hearing more and more about Jesus.  Erin and I also, read with our kids each night and do a small devotional and prayer time with them as well.  Judah is still a rambunctious toddler  and keeping him still is the biggest challenge, but Maeven is really listening to what she is being taught at camp, church, and home.  She came home from VBS on Saturday to let me know that Jesus is alive!!!  Then on Sunday, she talked with me all about what she had learned about Jonah in children’s church.  On Monday morning I took Maeven with me to pick up a little girl who was coming to grade school camp at YHBC this week.  Maeven wanted to know why we needed to pick up the little girl.  I told her that we needed to bring the little girl to camp so that she could hear about Jesus at camp.  Maeven was very excited and said this little girl needs to know Jesus is alive!  While I know from our conversations that Maeven is still a little while from understanding what it means to accept Christ as her Savior, I am so very excited to see things starting to click with her and her to begin to understand.  I am also excited to see the love she has for going to church and Bible camp and learning about Jesus and the joy she has for other people learning about Him as well.  Please pray for both my children that at a young age they will decide to follow Christ and that God will use them to do great things for his Kingdom!

FCA Concert….

For the past couple of months I have been working with our FCA Leadership students to prepare our first ever FCA Concert Outreach.  On December 1st, in the Youth Haven Bible Camp gym we will be hosting a concert featuring The City Seen.  A UK football player will also be sharing his testimony with the students as well.  Our concert is free to attend, with concessions being sold to help pay for our students to attend FCA leadership camp this summer.   If you would like to come please bring your youth group, family, friends, or anyone else who enjoys good music and that you want to hear the Gospel!  Also please pray for us over the next few weeks as we get everything ready for this outreach!

FCA Leadership Camp presentation…

Tonight at Bear Track Bible Church, which is located in the camp chapel at Youth Haven Bible Camp our FCA students and I will be sharing about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Camp that will be taking place at Campbellsville University this summer. The students will be sharing about last year’s camp experience, the desire to go back this year, and how they want to be leaders for Christ at Lee County High School.  We still have 5 out of our 6 students who need sponsorship for camp this summer.  If you are free tonight come out to Bear Track Bible Church and at least hear what God is doing with our students!

March is madness….

March Madness is in full swing with the NCAA basketball tournament starting up this weekend.  Even now I am sitting here watching my beloved Kentucky Wildcats whipping up on the Iowa State Cyclones.  And while I am thoroughly enjoy the way UK is playing, this blog post isn’t going to be about basketball, but rather the chaos and craziness that has been going on with Judah’s pending arrival.

On Friday afternoon we went to Richmond, KY for Erin’s final doctor check up before the c-section.  As we have done on the last couple of visits we packed up all our stuff for a hospital stay into the van and also made sure Maeven was well looked after in case they sent us on to Pattie A. Clay.  At the doctors office though they decided that everything looked well enough for us to wait until Monday.

We had been told that we were going to have to drive back to Richmond today to register and get some tests done before Erin check’s into the hospital on Monday.  Thankfully Erin’s dr’s office was able to talk the hospital into letting us register last night, sparing us another trip today.   Registering at the hospital was interesting as we had to go up and down different floors dealing with everyone from the registry people, to the lab, the labor floor, and then back down to registry again.  No complaints though as we were both very thankful to just get everything taken care of last night.

Erin and I also went out for one last date dinner before Judah’s arrival as we enjoyed some good bbq at Sonny’s, which is one of our favorite spots to eat.  After dinner we realized our cupboards were pretty bare at home and we needed to get some groceries for Erin’s mom Cathy as she stays with Maeven this week.   So a trip into the depths of Walmart was deemed necessary.   If you’ve never been in the Richmond Walmart it is truly a cross cultural experience that everyone should have to experience at least once in their lives!

Today has been a low key day of just getting things ready around the house for Judah’s arrival.  We had been given a tricycle for Maeven that I put together.  For being such a small thing of plastic and some screws, it was one of the most frustrating assemblies I have ever experienced.  I even tweeted about how I had philosophy classes in college that were easy to understand and complete.   After the exhausting tricycle assembly I ventured into assembling a Burley Bee child cart that attaches to the back of my bicycle.  This summer one of our goals is to really concentrate on being a healthier family.  So while we ride bikes this summer the kids can come along.

In the afternoon we ventured over to Youth Haven Bible Camp where we walked around the camp just to get some exercise, say hi to some people we haven’t seen in awhile, and let Maeven have fun practicing walking on the soft grass of the camp softball field.  She had a blast getting to see other kids and have the freedom of exploring.  With all the walking she had no problem falling asleep tonight!

So here I am knowing that in less than 48 hours our lives are once again going to be forever changed with the arrival of our son Judah.   We have one more day to try and get everything ready before we head to the hospital and hopefully not forget anything.  I can’t wait for Monday to get here!!!!