FROM TEEN TO JR. HIGH SPORTS CAMP...
...STUDENTS WERE MAKING SIGNIFICANT DECISIONS OF LIFE CHANGE!
218 campers joined us for our first three weeks of camp, and during our teen weeks we saw a 24% increase in camper attendance (over 2010). That's something we were very excited to see. Scott Foreman was privileged to share with the week 2 campers during 'Bible Hour' from the book of 1 Thessalonians. In our study together we saw that believers can live for Christ in the midst of persecution, and that we need to live godly, pure lives while we wait for the Rapture. Gary Stairs was our week 3 speaker and shared timely messages from the timeless life of Daniel. Gary spoke on the importance of a Word-centered life and choosing the right friends.
We also conducted a guy/girl split session during the first two weeks of camp. In the guys' session we discussed the importance of personal purity as men. We had testimonies from our staff on how they have been able to live out the Word of God in this area of life. It was awesome to see guys stand at the end of the session saying they wanted to live a sexually pure life. Rachel Foreman shared with the young ladies the importance of a life that finds total security and contentment in Christ. Many of the young ladies were able to identify with the themes Rachel presented having to do with self-image and adopting a perception of self that aligns with the Bible.
One young lady made this comment to Rachel after the session:
"I attended week 1 and 2 summer youth camps and I really found your talk on searching for security very helpful. I realized that I had been trying to find security in things other than Jesus Christ. I had been going to friends, guys, and things I really shouldn't have."
As we shared the gospel on Monday nights of weeks 2 and 3, 21 teens called on Christ to save them! Praise the Lord! Also, 42 campers dedicated their lives to the Lord at our Campfire Dedication services. We also saw 25 students make a decision to stay sexually pure.
What a privilege it has been to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of Canadian young people!