Own It!

This week, over 11,000 athletes are competing in all kinds of events in Rio, Brazil for the Olympics. It seems, that just for a moment, the world is uniting together for one common goal: to go for gold.

Here at Jr. High II this week, we’re celebrating the Olympics! Dorms are split into countries to compete for medals, and the Tabernacle is lined with flags representing 16 different countries.

One things that Olympians all have in common is that they own their skills and talents. They own it.

This week, we’re looking at how “owning it” translate into the Christian walk. You see, when it comes to faith, it has to be your own. It can’t be your parent’s, your siblings, your friends, your pastors faith. It has to be your own. You’ve got to own your walk with Jesus because that is what He’s calling us to.

As Christians, we’ve got to embrace that God is calling us to give Him everything, not just a little drawer or box in our lives. He wants everything we are and have to offer. 

Just like an Olympian competing in the Games who is filled with pride and joy to be bearing their countries flag at the Olympic Stadium, we should be torches for Christ: shinning His light proudly and boldly to a dark and weary world.

Here I am: Recapping the Week

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We officially end another incredible week at camp! This week has been absolutely incredible; from the evening services, to night games, to everything in between, we all had a blast!

E-Rock and The Rippers led us in worship all week and we learned a special song in Creole, one of the official Haitian languages, led by Emily Heckman. This song became a camp favorite and everyone seemed to pick up the tune and even the words very quickly. Our evangelist, Jeremy, night after night brought the Word of God to life and challenged us to dive deeper into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

There were several lives changed this week, including my own. I found each night I was encouraged and also convicted in different aspects of my life and I think it is safe to say, the rest of the staff and all the campers feel the same way.

We also had a bunch of fun games and activities throughout the week! From a classic game of pirates, to 8-way soccer, to traveling all around camp after “the plane crash” trying to find the doctor and convince the spoilers to let you go with impeccable acting skills, every day was filled with laughter and building memories.

Here is a slideshow recapping our week together, hope you enjoy it!

Challenge Course, Rocks, and Crafts

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Today was everyone’s favorite, sleep-in day! Instead of going to classes in the morning, we ventured around camp in three groups: one went to the tabernacle, one to the craft shop, and one to the challenge course.

While at the challenge course, I was struck by the way everyone worked together and spoke words of encouragement to their group mates. One particular obstacle, Woosey, where the campers would partner off and attempt to walk on a balance beam as the beams spread farther and farther apart. Meanwhile, the rest of their team acted as spotters and were their to catch them if they fell off the beam.

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As I was watching this challenge and listening to the group talk through who was walking across, who was spotting, I saw a picture of the Body of Christ. Many times in life, we are forced to walk on a beam that spreads us thin and we must rely on their friends to support and guide us through life.

In the tabernacle, the campers took the rocks that they have been writing on all week and carried them to the path by the chapel by the stream and lined the pathway with them, letting the work Christ has done this week.

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At the craft shop, the campers made Mosaics and created an art piece that represented what God did in their life this week at camp.

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