Singing a New Song

Singing a New Song


The camp speaker walked slowly into the center of the room and pleaded with the kids seated on the floor around him, “Take off your boxing gloves. Let God fight for you.”

With crystal clarity he pled with them to let God lead their lives. There wasn’t a noise in the room. Every kid was glued to his words.

That night during solo time, the camp was quiet. Still. Calm. Reverent.

The Holy Spirit was moving.

Later that night, as we gathered around the campfire, I watched a young man named Simeon. Simeon looked to be about 14 or 15 – his football jersey hung loosely over his skinny frame. Dark skin and dark eyes, Simeon came to the campfire that night a different person.

You see Simeon grew up in a Buddhist home, and that night he accepted Christ into his life.

As the kids took their seats around the campfire, Simeon stood right next to the camp musician, just longing to worship his new King for the very first time.

For over 30 minutes he stood beside the piano, singing at the top of his lungs to Jesus! He raised his hands and belted out song after song. Though he couldn’t carry a tune, God was so pleased with his worship! 

My favorite part was that whenever the musician would shift to a new song, Simeon’s leader would find the words on his phone and hand the phone to Simeon so he could sing along. 

I stood in the back row, in the glow of the campfire, just weeping – watching this young man come alive in his soul as he worshiped the one true God! 

It was like he couldn’t get enough. Simeon – a new creation! 

Will you continue to pray for Simeon, and others like him, as they return home after a life-changing week of camp? 

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