Wednesday afternoon was a slow paced afternoon at the Rec Center. It’s always better to be busy and have lots of people coming into bowl, work out, and/or eat. That being said, I was able to get busy making flyers and doing some prep work for our FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Huddles that start back the first week of September at Lee County High and Middle Schools. As this year approaches I am convinced that God is really going to use our students to impact our schools in a major way this year. Please be praying for Erin and I as we work to prepare to challenge our students to be Relentless in their pursuit of Christ and Relentless in sharing Him with their classmates, teachers, and family. Pray that students will make the decision to get to school a bit early in order to fellowship with other Christian students and to bring their non-Christian friends in to hear the Gospel. Pray that parents will see the impact that FCA can and is making in their students lives and that they will be supportive in making sure their students participate. Pray that our students will get along this year and focus more on what they have in common in Christ and not be divided into cliques. Finally, pray for me that I will reflect Christ to our students in both word and deed and be a leader that draws them closer to Christ. Thank you so much for your faithfulness in praying for our FCA Huddles!
It’s hard to believe that we are already back from another year of FCA Leadership Camp. God truly blessed us this year as we saw Him work in the lives of many students.
The biggest highlight of the weekend once again came on Saturday afternoon as our students were sent out on a Faith Trip. On the faith trip the students are sent out in small groups of five or six with a leader to go through the neighborhoods of Campbellsville, KY. They went door to door taking the tools that they had been given during Leadership Camp, and shared the Gospel with complete strangers. The exciting thing is seeing the nerves and fears that build up in our students before they go out, transform into excitement and joy when they return telling about their experiences. Almost all of them came back saying that the Faith Trip was either their favorite part of camp or one of their favorite parts. Myself and our teacher sponsor, Jessica Napier, debriefed the students about their experiences and encouraged them to pray that the seeds of the Gospel they planted will come to fruition. And to pray for each individual they spoke to, even pray for those who were Christians that they would have impacted them so that they will be bold and share their faith too!
Maeven and Judah both enjoyed the kids camp that was held for the children of the FCA Staff, coaches, teachers, chaperones, and other camp volunteers. Judah was too young to really attend, but loved when Erin and I would take him into the gym where the other kids met and he could run around and play on the big soft gymnastic mats. Maeven, truly enjoyed the company of the other kids and loved going to her “classroom”. Before we left camp she even went all around hugging her little friends that she had made over the week. The biggest highlight for her and for us though came on Sunday morning. Maeven’s “Classroom” got up in front of over 500 people and sang. We didn’t think she would get up in that crowd, but there she was clapping her hands, singing, and wearing her cute little sunglasses!
Before the students left on Sunday, they had one last chapel service, where the speaker once again challenged them to be “Relentless.” This time not only did he challenge them to be “Relentless” for Christ, but also to be “Relentless” in their hatred of sin, not just their hatred of other peoples sin, but all the sin issues in our own lives. He told the students how can we love the one who died for our sins, but still love those sins if we are to be “Relentless” for Christ! It was a challenge that really resonated with the teens.
As we return home now, please keep praying for our students that they will take the teaching, challenges, fellowship, and everything else they learned to be bold in sharing their faith with family, friends, and anyone else they have an opportunity to share the love of Christ with. Pray that they will truly become the leaders for Christ that we know they can be. God is going to do some great things and we can’t wait to see how he works!
On Monday night we gathered our students who are on our FCA Leadership team at our house for a time of discipleship and getting ready for this summer’s FCA Leadership Camp. It’s hard to believe but it’s almost time for camp again this year! We are excited to be taking even more students to camp this summer as we currently have 7 who will be going with us.
The camp theme this year is “Relentless” which is taken from Hebrews 10:39, “But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.” (HCSB). This is a great theme for our students as we want them to be relentless in their desire to grow stronger in their relationship with Christ. To help get them ready for this theme and camp we are doing a discipleship program and starting with helping them write and share their testimonies. Last night we spent a lot of time with them going over their testimonies and helping them go into further detail about what Christ has done for them.
One of the big issues we face with taking these students to camp is the cost of the camp. FCA Leadership costs $225 per student to go. Even though this seems expensive the experience and training the students receive to be able to communicate their faith in Christ and be leaders at their school is priceless. In order to pay for our students to go, for my wife and I to go for training, and travel expenses we need to raise around $2,000. One of the things we are doing to raise these funds is going to local churches and letting our students share their testimonies, how leadership camp has impacted them in past years, why they want to go to camp this year, and how they want to be leaders in their school. Through sharing with the churches we hope to be able to raise funds towards camp. This Sunday, April 28th we will be sharing in the 7pm service at Bear Track Bible Church, please feel free to come hear our students!
Over the next two months leading up to camp I will be keeping you posted on our fundraising progress. I would like to ask you first and foremost to pray for our students as we get ready to go to camp. Pray that they will grow in our discipleship meetings, pray that God will use camp as a catalyst to for our students to change their schools for Christ and possibly go into full time ministry themselves. Pray for the $2,000 we need to raise for camp this summer. I have no doubt God will supply it, but we covet your prayers that hearts will be burdened to give to our students. Lastly, please pray and see if God would have you help financially with taking our students to camp. Your prayers and help could have a profound impact on our students. Please please pray!