Leadership Camp Ready…

This is one of my favorite times of year as we are gearing up to head to our annual FCA Leadership Camp this weekend. I absolutely love Leadership Camp. Not only do I get to catch up with awesome people who serve with FCA and have a really good time with my family, most importantly I get to see lives changed for Christ.

Too often in the area I live in it seems that our churches are concerned with entertaining our youth and at best providing fire insurance through helping students get “Saved.” Quickly, let me say that this is not all the churches in our area there are some that are doing amazing things to disciple their students into young men and women that love the Lord and put Him first in every area of their lives. However, for some that doesn’t seem to be happening.

This is why I love Leadership Camp. We are able to take students out of their comfort zone and really help them to grow in their walk with Christ. To see that God didn’t call them to fire insurance, but to a growing thriving relationship with Himself. At Leadership Camp we work with students on knowing what they believe and why. Not just having to say what someone else has told them, but being able to go to the Scripture and point right to why they believe something. Also, we work with them on understanding there are Biblical absolutes. Things that God is very clear on are wrong and right and we don’t just get to decide what works for us. The students at Leadership Camp are then taught how to share their testimonies, how to share the Gospel, and then sent out to do that very thing while at Camp. Each year we see lives that are changed, stretched, and grow in leaps and bounds for Christ.

Please join me in praying for all the students who will be heading to Leadership Camp this weekend, for all the staff and volunteers that will be pouring into them, and just that lives will be fully surrendered to Christ and will be prepared to come home and impact their campuses and communities for Christ. God is going to do something great and I thank you for your prayer partnership in what He will do!

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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!

last night’s FCA Leadership Camp Presentation Update…

Last night, our FCA students presented their desire to attend FCA Leadership Camp to Idamay Bible Church.  We entered the night about $500 short of being able to pay for all six students to attend camp.  Our students did a great job of presenting and I was very proud of them a I know how nerve wracking it has been over the past two weeks to stand up in churches and speak in front of so many people.   God truly blessed us and we received the $500 we need to take all six students to camp.  When you add that in with all the donations we have been given so far as well as a promised sponsorship our kids are ready to go to FCA Leadership Camp at Campbellsville University!

That being said, now comes the hard part.  Please pray for Erin and I as we are now trying to raise the needed $250 for our family to attend camp.  Just like the students we will be receiving training to lead our FCA huddles during the upcoming school year.  It is also just a great time of spiritual refreshment for us and we are taught and poured into spiritually through great messages and fellowship with others in full time sports ministry!   Please pray that God will provide this money and take that burden from us!

To all of you have already been praying for our students and also have given to our students, thank you!  I am confident that God is going to do great things in their life at camp this summer!