50 Years at Lake Agape: In the Year 2000

This post is part of our 50 Years at Lake Agape series. Click here to read other articles. Email blog@delanco.org to contribute.
At Camp Meeting way back in the year 2000, I handed a couple dozen disposable (film) cameras throughout the course of the week. After camp was over I had them developed – yes that was a real thing back then – to see the results.
The pictures are great, but they don’t come close to telling the stories of one of the best Camp Meetings ever. The secret was that everyone was adding their own contribution to the fun. It was a special blessing from God to bring out a group of people who all wanted the same things: to have fun, to learn, to grow in their faith, and the be friends.
It wasn’t perfect, but it was full of many perfect moments. I remember Chuck Thornley, Matt Lutz, Steve Tucker, Justin Perry, and Greg Tate as N’Sync (choreography partially captured in one of these photos), Ramon Rivera as Ricky Martin, Jen Nieves (nee Tucker), Emily Michelman (nee Padrick), Colleen Illi (nee Gorman), Katie Loveland (nee Smith), and Cheryl Turk doing too good of a job as the Spice Girls. We had the first ever game of Escape from the Narcolepsy Clinic. The Healing Game, for me at least, was an all time classic. One of the best talent shows ever,  which included someone fencing while playing the harmonica, yes it was my friend Paul Scott, a.k.a. Chino, who at Delanco Camp Meeting, in the year 2000, ascended beyond legend status to become a legend of legends in the Delanco hall of fame.
It was a good week at camp.
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Reunion Weekend May 24-26

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A single moment in time.
If we can meet God,
even for just a moment,
EVERYTHING will change.

Friday, May 24

Pastor Jeff Brower of Wellspring Church in Egg Harbor, NJ

Saturday, May 25

Stephanie Hogan, Director of Titus Women Ministry

Sunday, May 26

Kelly Hallahan, Missionary with World Gospel Mission

Worship at all three services will be led by the worship team from Fearless Christian Fellowship, a young adult ministry in Millville, NJ. All services start at 7:30 pm.

There will be a residential program for the weekend for young adults and families. The cost is $95 for the weekend per person. Kids under 12 can come free with their family. Plan to arrive at camp at 6 p.m. on May 24. The program will end after the service Sunday evening.

Questions: email Dave Brown at lavadave@gmail.com

Advent Devotion: Why are you sleeping?

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“Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’ He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’ An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. ‘Why are you sleeping?’ he asked them. ‘Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.’” -Luke 22:39-46

I am amazed at the patience of Jesus. In the text, he instructs the disciples, “pray that you will not fall into temptation.” Then, off by himself, he prays with an intensity I cannot even understand. Returning, he finds his disciples sleeping – exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

How many times will Jesus have to teach us the same lessons over and over again before we obey? What is inside of us that so badly wants to rebel against him? This year I have been reminded dozens of times of Amy Carmichael’s saying, “A cup brimful of sweetness cannot spill even a drop of bitter water no matter how suddenly jarred.” Sadly, what reminded me of this saying was that something had shaken me, and what had spilled out was… bitter.

I am amazed at the patience of Jesus.

And I am thankful that I am adopted and accepted as his child, and that he is continually working on me, showing me new (or old and sadly familiar) ways that he can bring me cleansing and healing.

So, if you are reading this devotion, this is the challenge. Pray that you will not fall into temptation. And if you find that you have fallen – asleep or in some other way – get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.

Dave Brown is a former camper, summer staff member and has served the camp in leadership and other ways for many years. He is an engineer by day and a writer and doodle artist by night. Check out his work, including his new children’s book “No Learning Allowed” at www.davidbrownauthor.com.