The 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!
The past three days have been a blur, but a very fun blur. I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago with my father and two friends to pick up some equipment for Youth Haven Bible Camp at Moody Bible Institute and also to spend some time at Moody recruiting for next summer’s camp staff, possible interns, and even full time staff. Even though the trip was really quick it was great to be able to see a few friends at Moody and share with the students about opportunities with KMM and YHBC.
Another great thing was that I was able to spend some time walking around the city showing our friends some of my favorite spots and just going down memory lane a little bit. Chicago definitely has had a special place in my life and I am so very thankful for all my experiences there and at Moody. I am also thankful and blessed for the opportunities that God has given me to go back and visit almost every year since I left in 2005.
As I now have returned back home to Kentucky, I am praying that God will take more Moody students that are being challenged and growing in their Faith in Chicago and Moody and call them to work with us here in Kentucky. Please join me in praying this same prayer!
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!
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!
One of my favorite things about working at the Rec Center is when we get to work with various special needs groups. On Thursday we were blessed to have a bowling party from Youth Haven Bible Camp’s Sunshine Camp come out to bowl with us. I was awesome getting to see the joy on the faces of the students as they bowled. For today’s picture I wanted to share one of my favorite pics from yesterday’s bowling group! Hope you have a great weekend!
A few weeks ago, nominated my fellow Kentucky Mountain Mission missionary, Scott Brandenburg for an Unsung Heroes, Epoch Award as an unsung hero of ministry. I recently received an email saying that Scott has been accepted as a nominee and is now listed as an official nominee on their website. If Scott wins this award, not only will he be recognized by Dave Ramsey and the Epoch Awards, but he could also possibly receive up to $50,000 towards the new Youth Haven Bible Camp chapel which is being built in memory of Scott’s daughter Julia, who passed away from brain cancer last year. If you have a moment please go check out http://www.epochawards.com . There you will find out lots of information about the Epoch Awards and also where Scott Brandenburg is nominated. Please feel free to contact them and let them know if Scott and Amy have impacted in your life for Christ in any way, or how you have seen God use them in the lives of others. Help us get the word out about Scott and the YHBC Chapel project. Tell others to go to the website! Thanks so much for all your help!
Today’s blog post is going to be pretty short, as I am at the Moody Bible Institute missions conference in Chicago, IL. We are here sharing with the students about how God called us into missions and also how they can serve in ministry whether short or long term with Kentucky Mountain Mission. As many of you know from my blogs, God has really opened up some amazing ministry opportunities in Southeastern Kentucky for KMM. The big problem that we have is not enough staff to meet the need and opportunities. Please join me in prayer for myself and our other staff members, who are here at MBI, as we begin teaching seminars to the students at Moody today. Pray that God will give us clarity of thought and speech so that we will effectively communicate the call and passion that God has given us to reach the lost and disciple the believers of Southeastern Kentucky. We desperately need young staff and I know God can use this week to help fill this need! Please pray!