We’re Building a Monument

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The very first night of camp during service, we were introduced to a project that was going to take place all week. In the front of the stage was a pile of rocks with several sharpie markers; the instructions were simply, yet profound. As God speaks to us, camper or staff, we were to write the message on a rock and then to pile the rocks together and tangibly see throughout the week how many lives are being changed. You can go and write anytime of the day, it is not limited to service, but an on-going project throughout the day. A couple of the hopes behind this idea is to have a visual of what God is doing throughout the week at camp, but also to help us remember what God spoke to us by writing it down.

It’s Thursday afternoon and our monument is still growing each day. Watching God work each day and transform hearts is one of my favorite aspects of camp, but watching the monument grow bigger and bigger every day is simply amazing.

There is no denying God is doing big things this summer and this week at camp!

The Ragman

 

IMG_9534No sin is too sinful for the cross. Through Christ, we are able to go to the foot of the cross and be cleansed from our dirtiness, brokenness, and past, future, and present mistakes and be perfectly clean.

Last night in service, we focused on the dirtiness of our hearts and going before God in humility. At the end of the sermon, the worship team began playing a closing worship song as ushers handed out stained, dirty, and gross rags, resembling our sin, to everyone in the tabernacle. Jeremy read us a story, “The Ragman,” by Walter Wangerin, Jr.; this story is told in a first person perspective about a man known as the Ragman, who found the broken, the dirty, the outcasts who had filthy garments for possessions and gave them new, clean rags. He traded his own belongings and took their rubbish as his own.

The story continues through The Ragman’s death and remarkable resurrection three days later, concluding with The Ragman clothing the storyteller in new garments and his stains being washed whiter than snow.

At the end of the story, pew by pew the campers and staff were released to go to the cross, exchange their dirty rag and pick up a clean cloth that was laying on the alter. As each person went forward, it was a reminder of the work Christ did for us over 2000 years ago. He took our sin and shame and made us new, through Christ, we wear new, spotless, robes.

Free Time Adventures

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It has been interesting to watch what the campers do during free time. A few play in the lake, a few go fishing or out on boats, and some staff members help organizes planned tournaments. Today, there was a Kan Jam tournament put together by Garth and Frankie, a Gaga tournament led by Justin, and a random game of soccer outside the snack shop.

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As I was walking around camp for these different events, it became obvious these campers love to play sports and be active. But more than that, they love including everyone in each activity. I was amazed and at times slightly shocked at the effort each camper/staff put into making each person feel welcomed into the tournament or game.

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I love watching friendships form and relationships grow at camp. Each week it encourages my heart at the way every camper and every staff reach out and show the love of Christ through their actions.