Family Camp

Saturday, May 25

5.25By Karen Porter of Liberty, Missouri, USA

So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

—Romans 12:5–8

Jaeden was 13 and had been going to family camp since he was 3. That year the junior high youth had three teachers. Anytime during the day you might see the kids talking with them. The teachers had great rapport with the kids and had late-night sessions in the dining hall after “lights out.”

There was a thunderstorm late on our last night there. Our cabin was about as far from the dining hall as one could get. When it was time for the kids to start heading to their camp lodging, I got a text message from Jaeden. “Grandma, everyone is staying a little while longer, can I stay too?” My reply was, “Sure, the weather is too bad to walk back to the cabin, so stay.” About 2:00 a.m. I woke up as he came in.

It’s usually a chore to get him go to the worship services, but that year he was going on his own. I’d find him sitting with his friends and a teacher. When we were loading the van to head for home I heard him ask his little sister, “Do you love Jesus?”

Thanks to donations for campgrounds and campership funds, we have camps and provide our youth with awesome experiences they can’t get in other ways.

Prayer for Peace
Creator God, we’re on the upward trail, singing your praises as we go. Camping, worshiping, working together, sharing the peace of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Joy of Gratitude
Stand, if possible, with arms outstretched. Imagine God filling your arms with all that you have: family, friends, and possessions. Hold out your arms until they feel tired. Now, bring your arms across your body. Place your hand over your heart and thank God for the abundance that fills your life. Sit for a time aware of that abundance. Then ask God to help you open your heart in gratitude and share freely with others.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will remember our church campgrounds and the spiritual experiences shared there.

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