Headed To Camp
This year, we have the opportunity to take a group of high school and middle school students to their own camp. Through out the year, we have done contact work with new teenagers to the area, gone to fun outreach events while building relationships, done great service projects for the local Air Force and Colorado Springs community, had weekly club to introduce teens to Jesus, and gone deeper in our faith at small group. The culmination of this work ends with us at camp with teens in the wilderness and out of their element, getting camp experiences they may never have had before, hearing the unadulterated Gospel, and being invited to begin a relationship with Christ.
This week of camp is a turning point for so many different campers who tend to confront the life they had been living, the crisis they had been facing, the longing for something not of this world. Every day has an amazing set of activities that directly relate to that night's message but is always a memorable time that teens love. The messages they hear at club have a flow of moving from engaging stories of the speakers life to the death and resurrection of Christ. We intentionally take a day and talk about sin, the hopelessness that we have without Christ, and pain of what would be without Christ. The next day we go through the price Christ made for us, the hope of the Christ, and the joy we can find in Him. The final day looks at what this new joy we have looks like back in our every day experience. Lives truly are changed from this week.
This year is the largest group we have ever taken from the Air Force Academy and I ask that you pray for the preparation, experience, and follow up with not only our teens, but every teen that heads to camp this summer. Thousands of 12-18 year olds will be hearing the Gospel for the first time, having cabin time with their trip leaders, and truly experiencing our Savior. Pray for the volunteers, that they go into those tough conversations with teens and share the pain, tears, and fears that they have. And pray that the Holy Spirit moves in a way that this world has never seen before.
2 Timothy 1:9-10. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
by Jeremy Smith
Jeremy serves as a Club Beyond Community Director at the United States Air Force Academy base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Through the outreach program Club Beyond, Jeremy walks alongside the teens through friendship, Club meetings, Bible studies, special events and service projects, all the while sharing with them the love of Jesus Christ.