I LOVE CHURCH CAMP! I have always loved church camp. Spending time away from all the distractions of the world, a slower paced schedule, simple fun, meeting new friends, and building on the relationship with old friends. Since I have been on staff with TCCC, it has been a tremendous blessing to serve with Michael Fann, Evan Saxton, Adam Tipton, and Keith Johnson at camp each summer. Each year these men, their families, and so many incredible counselors dedicate their summer time to making Jesus real to children. They share their testimonies, draw kids into personal relationships, and the results can’t be ignored. I failed to share my favorite part of camp though. My favorite is when a kid comes to me ready to surrender their life to Jesus! This year we knew we were going to see this at least once, but even this situation was unique. A boy named Bodie from Peru, Indiana, had attended camp with our group for the past several years. This year he was too old for 7-11 camp, but his sister joined the counseling staff. A month before camp I received a request to baptize Bodie at the end our 7-11 camp week. We made plans for this to happen and we shared this news with the other campers during the week. Then, on night one at camp my son Onah tells me he wants to get baptized also! Proud dad moment for sure and we set a time to talk with him more about making a decision. Soon after that day, Caitlan Tipton and Izzy Lukins had also decided to make a decision. Then, on Thursday, Ethan Waters asked to get baptized as well. By the time we returned to church from camp at the end of July, 4 kids from TCCC were going to begin their walk with the Holy Spirit in their hearts! They came back to church on fire for Jesus and their friends now want what they have. They want forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the past 2 weeks I have given out so many rescue manuals (our guide to a relationship with Jesus) that I lost count. I even shared with the new Stretch 456 group that Jesus was going to soon take over the group and then something special was going to happen! Church camp changes lives! I can’t wait to see where the Lord leads these children next. Watch out church, preteens with the Holy Spirit are coming soon!
~ Matt Lee