JHM Camp Rewind

18 Jul

We made it back, everyone accounted for, and very few injuries. 6 days in Prescott at UCYC. What a great experience! Rock climbing, paint balling, zip-lines, games, music by DSM, and of course some incredible messages. Josh Finklea had some incredible stories, and really connected to the students where they were at. One of the messages that really seamed to touch students hearts was,”You are Beautiful, you are Dirty, and you are Loved.”

You are Beautiful- In today’s society, it is hard for young women, and men to accept that they are beautiful. It’s not something that they hear everyday, for some it may be something they have never heard before. God created us, as beautiful creations. Matt. 10:29-31

You are Dirty- We are all dirty, covered in sin. We get ourselves into messes, and then try to cover them up. Josh told a story about taking his dad’s Bronco when he was 14 years old. He ended up trashing it, not wanting to face the music, he stayed out until it got dark. When he decided to go home, he saw his mom and dad sitting on the couch, angry. When he walked in the door, he saw his 16 year old brother getting read the riot act! Josh walked right by and went to bed! 20 plus years later Josh confessed to everyone at Thanksgiving that he was the driver! The point being, we can make huge messes of our lives.

You are Loved- God created us to be with Him. He created us because He loved us, when we sinned, and broke the rules, He sent His only son to pay the price for our sin. No matter where we have been, or what we have done, God still loves us. He still wants us to come home, He wants to forgive us just as in the story of the Prodigal Son. Luke 15:11-32

During our quite times, and group times we took a look at the life of David. Students identified with David’s story. Some really great conversations happened in our group times.

The one question that hit home with all of the students was,”Are you a Fan or Follower of Jesus?” You can be a fan of a sports team. Know their stats, watch the games, buy the clothing. But when they disappoint you, you stop being a fan. Your support of the team is dependant on how they are performing, or how they make you feel. Many of us do that with Jesus. We believe in Him, we praise Him in the good times, but when He fails to meet our expectations, we push Him away. A follower is one that says, I will praise you no matter what. I will follow you even if you don’t meet my expectations.

When asked, 4 students said they were just checking out the whole God thing. They were on the outside looking in. 8 of them admitted to being more of a fan than a follower. All of them wanted to take steps to move to the next level. Although no decisions for Christ were made, the 4 students are going to continue to investigate Jesus! The 8 students are going to take steps to become followers and not fans.

In all it was a great camp experience. Hanging out and getting to know that students was an awesome way to integrate into a new church. I am loving my Alive family, and look forward to the HSM Summer Camp in one week.

August 5th parents and students please come to our camp reunion at 7pm at the Oro Valley Campus. Come check out what happened at camp, and see what is in the future for the students at Alive.

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One Response to “JHM Camp Rewind”

  1. Cindy July 19, 2009 at 11:08 AM #

    Looks like everyone had a great time!

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