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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Final Update from FCA Leadership Camp 2015

thumb_IMG_4412_1024With the whirlwind that was the last day and a half of camp I wasn’t able to to post about what happened due to know time available.  However I am happy to tell you that God truly blessed and worked through the lives of our students.  On Saturday the students had their big event of the weekend.  The one thing that they all love, but are scared to death of at the same time.  They went out into Campbellsville, KY on Saturday afternoon on their annual faith trip.  On this trip the students take all the training they have received at camp and go out door to door in the surrounding community and share their faith with complete strangers.  I personally love when they come back to campus and I get the opportunity to spend time hearing about all their experiences and how exciting it was for them to share their faith.  We now ask that you pray that this boldness and excitement will carry on now that they are home and that they will be bold in their home, school, and community here in Lee County.

On Saturday evening the students were put to work in chapel.  Our speaker, Mark Cahill, did a talk where the first 20 minutes he gave a talk about various aspects of Christianity and sprinkled in several false teachings.  Then for the next hour he asked the students to tell him what of what he said was wrong and find scriptures to prove it.  It was great to see our students listen so intently and pull out their Bible searching for answers.  It was a challenge that they don’t typically get but rose to the occasion to seek truth in God’s Word!

Sunday was a great wrap up of all the various aspects of camp that our students love.  The once again got to spend time praising God through song and prayer.  Both of the speakers at camp issued final challenges to the students to be bold in their faith at home and school.  Maeven and Judah even got in on the final chapel services as their kids camp sang in front of over 500 FCA students and leaders!

One of my favorite parts of camp is when the students are getting ready to leave, as we watch them say good by to good friends that they met at camp.  These are friendships based in a mutual love of Christ and have potential to be life long and life changing relationships.

FCA Leadership Camp 2015 was definitely a huge success.  If you helped support us through prayer, finances, or both we thank you so very much.  Keep praying that our students will be bold for Christ with all they have learned at camp and will keep striving to grow in their relationship with Him!

2015 FCA Leadership Camp Update and social media frustration…

IMG_3655Friday 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!

2015 FCA Leadership Camp – Day 1

Heading to Chapel

Heading to Chapel

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.

"TubeMania!"

“TubeMania!”

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.

Maeven and one of her favorite "Teenagers!"

Maeven and one of her favorite “Teenagers!”

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!

Heading to Chapel

Heading to Chapel

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!

Gearing up for FCA Leadership Camp 2015…

UnDefeated-Logos_3_legacyLast night we had our final meeting with our Lee County FCA students who are going to camp with us on Thursday.  We went through all the students need to know for going to camp, what paperwork to bring, what to pack, when we are leaving and coming back, and what the camp schedule looks like.  We are very excited as it looks like God has provided the needed funds for camp fees and transportation.  Out of all the years we have taken kids to camp this is the closest we have come to leaving for camp with funding in doubt so last night as the students brought in their money it was just awesome to see God providing.  Thank you to everyone who has been praying for our finances and we would ask you to keep praying for students as we head to camp Thursday.  Pray that God would begin working in their hearts even now that they would be receptive to the teaching and Bible training they receive at FCA Leadership Camp.  Pray that they would grow in their relationship with Christ and that they would come home ready to impact their schools, families, and communities for Christ.  Lastly, we ask you to pray that some of our students may even be challenged this week to give their lives to full time ministry.  God is working already and I will keep posting later this week to update you on how are kids are doing at camp.  Keep praying!

2015 Leadership Camp Fundraising Update…

Last year's leadership team @ 2014 Leadership Camp

Last year’s leadership team @ 2014 Leadership Camp

On Monday night we met with part of our leadership team that will be attending FCA’s Leadership Camp at Campbellsville University.  In total we need to raise around $1,900 to cover camp fees and travel costs.  As of Monday night we now have $880 raised!  Our students are still busy writing letters to potential supporters, setting up times to talk to their churches, and speaking to family members about support.  I would like to once again ask you to be praying for us as we try to raise this last half of our needed funds, and also to ask you to consider helping our students financially.  You’re prayers and generosity will have a great impact on our students spiritual lives.  We have seen over the year’s how God uses Leadership Camp to grow our students in their relationship with Him and come back ready to do great things to reach their schools for Christ.  We have no doubt with this young group of students that we are taking to camp this year, that God will do the same.  Please consider partnering with us to see what God does with our students!

2014 FCA Leadership Camp – Day 4 update

Our Leadership Team!

Our Leadership Team!

It’s been a busy past few days, but we are now back home safe and sound in Beattyville after another great year at FCA Leadership Camp!  We had a great time and were greatly encouraged by the the training and speaking we heard.

Sunday is the shortest day of camp, but is by far one of the busiest days, if not the busiest day.  Students were up bright and early for calisthenics and quiet time.   After a quick breakfast the students went to the first chapel service of the day.  Their the speaker once again challenged our students to be disciple makers.  He challenged them to seek out disciples based on those who have a desire to learn more about Christ and not on looks, popularity, or the things the world looks at.

Following that service the students had a short break to meet one final time with their huddle groups and discuss all they had learned over the course of the weekend.  Our students really enjoyed their huddle groups and made some great friends as they dived into the Word together.

After Huddle Groups the students gathered one last time in the chapel for a time of worship and hearing from our main speaker, Ken Watson.   Ken gave the students a final challenge to be All In Leaders for Christ.  He was very clear in letting them know that being All in for Christ would cost them something.  Yet God wants all of them for all of Him.

After chapel our students spent some time saying their good byes before we left to head back to Beattyville.  On the way home I spent some time talking with our students about their experiences at camp.  I challenged them to not only be All In Leaders for Christ, but also to be stronger bolder leaders in our FCA Huddle this year.

I can honestly say that this is probably one of the best years of FCA Leadership Camp that we have ever been to.  We took a great group of kids and heard very clear and challenging messages.  I know God is working in the lives of our students. Please pray that they will be open to His leading.  Pray they will be fateful to serve Him in their school and huddles.  Pray for Erin and I that we will be able to lead and challenge our students to apply all they have learned this week.

God has great plans for our FCA Huddles and we ask you to keep praying!