The morning starts like most mornings here at kamp, the kitichies and maintenance up early getting ready for the day.
At Kamp there are so many magical moments that we see happen everyday. Seeing Kampers understand the gospel, learn new skills and conquer different fears is so fun to be a part of.
Taylor came to Kamp afraid of the water and could not swim, but she had determination and wanted to learn. Everyday during FOB, Taylor and two staff went to the pool where she was taught how to swim. Sometimes it was hard, but she pushed through and by the end of the term she was not afraid of the water anymore. She could swim and even conquered her fears of the trapeze and the blob. Seeing Taylor’s hard work payoff pointed towards Philippians 4:13, “ I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Lilly climbed up the tower on the dock and was so ready to jump into the water. When she got to the top she got afraid and her first statement was, “Can we pray?” Her faith demonstrated her understanding that God is always by her side and hears her prayers as shown in Psalms 34:4, “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.” After we prayed and some encouragement from her friends, she jumped into the water where everyone cheered for her and she got out of the water with a huge smile.
On the morning of June 16, 2015, something very magical happened on the boy's side of Kamp. Shay Robbins, our K-1 Director, was speaking to our Kampers during our game time period. Shay shared a brief story of his childhood and then pointed the kids right back to the gospel. He closed by inviting anyone who didn’t know Jesus personally over to our boy’s church. In the boy's church, Kampers heard a gospel message and then he prayed with them. That day, we had over thirty Kampers give their lives to Christ and ring the bell! When Kampers ring the bell, they are telling everyone about their commitment to follow Christ. Anytime the bell rings, there is much rejoicing and celebration throughout all of Kamp. There was much rejoicing and celebrating going on at K-1 that morning!
Through all of these moments we see childlike faith played out into action. We get the opportunity to have “Jesus eyes” and see Him working all around us. At Kamp we do see so many fears conquered and new skills learned, but the best part is seeing kids come to understand their need for a Savior and choose to accept Jesus. We are thankful to run alongside these kiddos as they run towards the Lord.