VBA 2016 – Christ in Me
We were privileged to have 315 kids up on our hillside playing games, singing songs, eating snacks, hearing great lessons and having an all-around great time learning who they are in Christ! Several of these kids accepted Christ as their Savior and received their first Bible. Growing God’s family – what an awesome thing to be a part of!
These generous kids also gave over $2200 in offering money that will be given to two of our missionary families who are headed back to the mission field at the end of the summer. This will help them to purchase some necessary items for their kids when they arrive at their new homes overseas. Way to go, families and kids! You gave sacrificially for the sake of the gospel.
We could not have done any of this without the incredible service of over 130 volunteers! Love having a church family that is so eager to reach out to our community!
Camp IDRAFOJE (I’D RAther FOllow JEsus!) is an overnight on- campus children’s camp designed specifically for kids who have completed 3rd -5th grades.
What a GREAT week! Thank you so much for your prayers for Idrafoje this year!
Here are some ways God answered:
As always, we were praying that the unsaved campers would accept Christ as their Savior, and the saved campers would deepen their relationship with Christ. We saw several campers place their faith in Christ. Many of the campers professed to have already accepted Christ as their Savior and this week strengthened their understanding of what relationship with Christ is all about. We love it that so many kids this age in our Glendora community, and surrounding areas, have placed their faith in Christ. Continue praying that they would walk with the Lord especially as the struggles and temptations of junior high and high school are right around the corner for them. We were excited about broadening our junior high team & looking forward to seeing what the Lord would do through them.
These guys rocked it! With 50% more junior high workers, we were able to have every game set up quietly in the background without pulling our teepee counselors away from their kids. In addition to food prep, serving meals, cleaning up after meals, and game set up/clean up, they spent the week doing special encouragement projects such as birthday posters. They also knocked out Worship Center and Carnival clean up on Friday night which meant a much easier clean up time on Saturday for all of our leaders. Ryan B,, Amanda and Erin are the three leaders who oversaw this crew as well as Nikki M. and Shannon in the kitchen. We were excited to be able to say “YES!” to so many of these younger students who have a heart to serve. And for the most part they served with happiness and eagerness.
We were praying for our speakers (Deanna Bowman, David Anderson, Erin Murphy andnRyan Berkman) to share God’s Word boldly and that the campers would hear their messages. What a great line up of speakers! Deanna brought in an actual sheep’s heart for the kids to touch, David shared a powerful story that was then quoted for the rest of the week (“You poked my heart!”), Erin taught kids how to take their pulse, and Ryan brought King David to life for these campers. Awesome!Our theme was “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:26). As we talked about the importance of guarding our heart, what should make our heart skip a beat now that we are in Christ, what happens when our physical heart flatlines, and looked closely at King David, we were praying that the kids truly and deeply would understand this concept of physical heart vs. spiritual heart.
Through chapel times, posse time, God ‘n’ I time, and teepee talks, the campers really examined their hearts and how they function as well as how to protect them. Parents, if you’re reading this, ask your camper to go through their booklet with you and share what they learned.
We were praying for a safe, positive and healthy experience for all of our campers and leaders. Aside from some upset tummies, a few homesick sweethearts, and a few fractured toes, we had incredible safety and health this week! We were praying for our non-20s adult leaders (Kim, Shannon, Nikki M., Careth and I). We were all still standing come Saturday morning! And smiling!
Finally, we were praying that our church neighbors would extend copious amounts of grace to us because we were going to be noisy, rambunctious and obnoxious (as it should be at camp!) Well, no one called the cops on us, so…..
Thanks again for your prayers, encouragement & support for this amazing camp ministry!