Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's So Special About Church Camp? Part 3

M - a chance to Minister.

Some children receive this benefit - a chance to minister to others - as well as the adults. A popular child will reach out and include a new kid. A child will sit with a hurt friend since she can't go on the hike. Someone will help a friend make her bunk before inspections. They'll work together on projects and during group activities.

But in spite of those things, this one is primarily why church camp is good for adults:

A chance to unplug (although maybe not as completely as we enforce this rule for the kids. Counselors with spouses back home have to check up every once in awhile)

A chance to learn patience.

A chance to sacrifice your own desires (MORE SLEEP!) for the good of others

A chance to benefit from truth, simply explained

The staff from our church does not pressure children to make a decision about Christ. We never - not ever - ask a child to pray after us or say some words.

We listen.

We teach.

We try to answer their questions (and children have a lot of questions) as best we can with the Bible.

And we pray, a lot.

We aren't trying to make a quota of professions of faith (real or imagined). Instead, we pray for the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do and awaken these young spirits to their need for a Savior. The joy of it is we get to be part of that.

Part 1: C is for Choose
Part 2: A is for Achieve

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