WOW! What a summer! We have a had a jam-packed June
and July, but I am beyond thankful for it. VBS, Sports Camp,
Pre-Teen Camp, Camp Sonshine, Youth Camp, and other
activities have kept our FBCTC youth and kids busy!
This coming Monday, we will close out our big summer activities
as our youth head to camp at Pineywoods, and I can’t help but
reminisce on the times I attended youth camp. Not only did I
meet new friends, stand in line to jump onto the blob countless
times, and sing worship songs until we couldn’t keep our eyes
open, but I also accepted Christ into my heart at camp.
As a teenager, it seems like life never stops. School starts early
in the morning, you either go straight home to start homework
or go to some sort of practice; and by the time you are done, it
is time for dinner and bed. Looking back now, I don’t know how
I ever had the energy to do all of it! In the midst of it all, it can
be challenging to be still and focus on God on days other than
Wednesdays and Sundays.
Being in a camp environment where you are surrounded by
people your own age that “get you,” giving up technology for a
week, and having a full schedule of Christ-centered activities
is one of the best ways to refocus your mind and heart on
Christ. You are able to put everything else on hold and come
back home with helpful tools to help you keep your faith strong
through the hustle and bustle of the life of a teenager!
As the students and sponsors head off to Pineywoods this
coming week, I hope you will join with me in praying for them
every day. I will be praying that they are able to slow down and
spend intentional time with God and other Christ-followers. I
will be praying that they meet life-long friends that will help
them through their faith journey, that they come back ready to
spread what they have learned to their friends that were not
at camp, that they have safe travels, and that they have an