Greetings from Student Camp 2017!
Yesterday morning kicked off bright and early with check-in at The Heights. Everyone came in, excited and energized (as much as they can be before 8am). We hit the road around 9am and it was smooth sailing all the way to Carolina Creek! Once we got here, we made our way off the bus and into the cafeteria for a yummy lunch. Then came the long-awaited moment of finally getting to unite with their small groups and getting moved into cabins.
We had a quick orientation and then had the opening ceremony for the Kadoku Games: The Star-Spangled Spectacular. This is our 2nd Annual Kadoku Games. The Kadoku Games is a variety of activities where teams rally behind their assigned teams to compete for the most prestigious championship prize that Student Camp has to offer. Last years games were Olympic themed and this year students are competing as different states of America. Yesterday’s games were a mixture of athletically challenging games, mentally stimulating games, and a little bit of water competition! Scores are being kept throughout the week and students are anxious to hear the results of the games during today’s Morning Show.
Students had a little down time after Kadoku and were able to get settled into their cabins, swim, and hang out until dinner time rolled around. Small groups met immediately after dinner to huddle up, share their expectations going into this week, and pray together. We loved getting to start the time in small groups this way and are very expectant for how the Lord will move amongst these groups of students and their leaders this week and beyond.
The small group prayer gatherings led students right into our first worship session together! This week we have the Logan Walter band leading us in musical worship and Dave Rhodes teaching during our sessions. We are grateful they are partnering with us as we seek to prayerfully lead students deeper in their their understanding of and love of the Lord this week. Last night Dave taught from Mark 3:1-6 about Jesus and the man with the withered hand. He unpacked the three different people that each of us could identify with in some capacity from this story and challenged us to be honest about where we are in our life right now and what story our lives are telling.
Each night after worship we break to small groups and give them time to unpack the sermon. The main question they were wrestling through tonight was which person do you identify with from this story and why? Do you identify with the man with the withered hand, hoping for a word or touch from God? Do you identify with Jesus, seeing yourself as one who is called to be the touch of God in other’s lives? Do you identify with the Pharisee, standing in the way of God with a hard heart?
After debrief time, everyone gathered back together for our first Late Nite–The Lip-Sync Battle. You guys, this was a PARTY! Some featured songs were I Will Survive, How Far I’ll Go (from Moana), and Love is an Open Door. Lindsey Galvan, our very own Moana, ended up winning! It was a hilarious way to end a very full and fun first day of Student Camp 2017.
Join us in praying for today, for the Spirit to keep moving and stirring in each of our hearts, getting done what He wants done in us! Last night we prayed Psalm 34 as a staff before the service began and I want to invite you to join us in praying that psalm over us and our time at camp!
Published on Jun 2017 @ 11:52 AM CDT