God blessed us this first week with beautiful camp weather! Gentle breezes and sunshine just shy of ninety degrees. This is the first year we split our Primary group (ages 7-9) into two, and there were 50 who attended altogether. Bethany is all about discipleship, and doing this allowed us to be available with smaller breakout groups for each counselor.
We also had our first intern speaker- from Moody Bible Institute- Josiah Williams. Our morning and evening session time is being taught from Hebrews 11. Each session a character is brought back from the past through use of the Time Machine by Dr Machvaillious, and we focus on one particular aspect of faith they display with an interview. First up is Noah, whose word is Action. Faith is more than speaking, it is acting on belief. Noah had faith and acted upon it by building the ark God instructed him to make, even though rain and floods had never happened.
Next we had Joseph, who displayed faith in perseverance as he trusted God through being thrown in a well, sold into Egyptian slavery, wrongly accused of adultery, and left in prison for years. In breakout we also connected perseverance and action as both parts of faith, because Noah demonstrated perseverance in building the ark for a hundred years.
Tomorrow we begin Intermediate (ages 10-13) which runs through Thursday afternoon. It is a large group, so please pray that our counselors would be remembering Romans 1:16 in that the gospel has the power to change people, and Ephesians 6:12 in that those people (or in this case a horde of lost children) are not what they fight, rather Satan who does not want any to meet and understand Jesus as their savior.
Please pray for the little ones who went home this past week, to find a desire from God to read his word and know him. Please pray for the youth arriving, that God would make his presence and truth real to them this week. Please pray for energy and clear minds for our counselors. Please pray for all things camp.. volunteers, safety, logistics, food, lessons.. Thank you so much for your prayers.
May God's grace and peace be with you.