Today begins another week of summer camp that we promote and invest in kids going to. This week it is the Middle School and High School going to Tri-State Camp in Missouri. If you have been around our church for any amount of time you know we are crazy about camps. We invest about $2,000 a year into camps from our budget. I have the privilege of being the Camp Director for our 8-13 year olds for the past 17 years!! We have 5 Board Members from Junior Camp who are members of our church and 2 Board members on the Tri-State Board. We invest both monetarily and time wise into camps.
So you may be wondering why? Why so much time, energy, effort, and money for summer camp? Why is it a big deal every year?
Two words: impact and influence.
As a pastor I am always looking for ways to have the maximum impact and influence into the lives of our students. We have them only a few hours every week and that is if they come both Wednesday Night and Sunday Morning. That is not a lot of time to have impact and influence. Now, we use that time effectively but it still doesn't leave a lot of time.
Summer Camp is different. Students can unplug and leave the environment of home behind. We get them for many hours not just a few. And we have a chance to impact and influence them. And that influence and impact can change a life.
Just this past year I received a call from a camper who remembered a conversation at camp over 10 years ago. That conversations opened a door and it was remembered 10 years later!! When is the last time you have seen impact and influence like that.
So Thank you!! Thank you to those of you who give every Sunday. You make camp possible. We couldn't do it without you. Thank you to those who go and serve. You give up a week of vacation when you could be sitting on a beach somewhere you are at camp serving. May God give you great blessing for your service. Thank you to those who serve on Board and help plan camp every year. You commit a lot of time to make camp work.
Please pray for those at camp this week. Impact and Influence is at its maximum level this week. May God do great things in the life of the campers and staff
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