We are looking at the virtue of forgiveness this month in Route 252. Today’s story was about Joseph and how he forgave his brothers for treating him so unfairly. In the midst of the story we had a special news report. I thought you would enjoy it. Parents we have one more week of forgiveness before we move on to learn about love in August. Hope to see you this weekend.
Well, this was a 4 shirt day! (see previous blog post) It was hot and humid but the kids had a ball today doing OMC. It rained in the afternoon but they kept going by moving the activites inside. Tonight was when the kids who signed up for a performance track performed before the whole camp. They did a amazing job and I was so proud of each one of them.
Tonight during group devotions I talked about the meaning of baptism and answered some questions the kids had during the week. After talking for about 5 minutes I asked if any of the kids think they are ready to take the next step in their Christian walk. There was a total of 16 kids who raised their hands that they are interested in taking that step! That is so great and I hope you parents will help us to sit down and talk with your kids about the decision they made at camp. For those who showed interest, Debbie or Diane Borg will be contacting you with more information about Watermark Weekend.
We are loading up the bus at 7:15 a.m. tomorrow. Then we will eat breakfast and attend the ending celebration service and should be on the road by 10:30. We will eat lunch at noon and should be home tomorrow around 4 p.m. You can call the church office after 1 p.m. for a more up-to-date time table. Pray for us as we travel home and that God will continue to work in your child’s life. You guys have some super kids that have really shown a servant’s heart this week…and, yes, most of the kids are ready to see their parents!
Now, one final word of thanks to the awesome team of adults who came with us to camp! They have been your kids’ substitute parents for the week and they have cared for and prayed for your children in a wonderful way. Each one of them was totally excited about attending camp and they have continued to show excitement for all the decisions your kids have made. Please take a moment to thank them when you pick your kids up tomorrow.
See you tomorrow afternoon!
OMC, Organized Mass Chaos, is the game that Centri-Kid is famous for. The cool things about all the games they play here is that there is always a deeper meaning associated with the game. The leaders always relate the game to a Bible principle. In OMC kids are instructed to do “tasks” from giving someone a compliment to walking backwards to exchanging shoes with someone to giving high 5 with shaving cream in your hand, etc. Each task involves the help of someone else and nobody is allowed to say “no.” After all the chaos is over, the kids see that it is important to help others and important to always say “yes” to God. They also learn that God is always there to help us when we ask.
The kids are all doing great. It has been hot but we remind them to drink lots of water. I rate the temperature of the day by how many times I have to change my shirt. Yesterday was a 3 shirt day and today will be a 3 or 4 shirt day. The kids have been able to make some new friends and we have really enjoyed getting to know all of them a little better. It is amazing to hear the questions that they have about God and the Bible now that they have been totally focusing on Him for the past 4 days. Thanks for investing in your kids. We know there will be eternal benefits!!
Everyone is ready for bed…so for now watch this video. Keep praying for us here at camp. Many kids are making some wise choices in their lives.
Okay, I did another highlight video (this time with some better music). Right now the kids are at their second track time and around 4:20 p.m. they can go swimming if they choose. It is very humid here (like every year) and we are making sure your child drinks lots of water throughout the day. The kids are eating very well, so moms, no need to worry about your picky eaters. I haven’t seen any and most kids are going back for seconds. The kids today are learning about the story of Jesus bringing his friend back to life out of the book of John. The verse for the week is John 1:14.
In our church group time we have been encouraging the kids to serve one another. Not only the people in our group but the whole camp. It is amazing to me that, given the opportunity, sp many kids have stepped up to be a servant. Pray for us as we have two more days here before coming home. Thursday night I will be talking to the kids about what it means to be baptized. Lots of kids have questions and get confused about it so we want to make it as simple as possible for them.
Here is a short video of today’s pictures. Enjoy! Sorry about the music didn’t have much to pick from at this late hour.
Another awesome night at Centri-Kid Camp! Tonight during church group time I explained what eternal life is and how we can have it. It is not something we can earn or work for; it is just a free gift from God. This evening 5 kids accepted Christ as their Savior. Then 9 more kids responded that they want to live their lives more for God and start telling their friends about what Jesus did for them. Continue to pray for us as we work with your kids and grandkids. Bed time is coming up soon so I will write more later. If you are a night owl, I will post a lot of pictures from today around 11:30 p.m.
The kids are finishing up their track times and we will be headed off to enjoy some free time for 90 minutes. There is face painting, sno-cones, sports, swimming and a whole lot more. The kids are having a great time! The adults are having a great time too. It has been so much fun getting to know your kids a little bit better. Time to go meet up with the kids–more later.
We had a great lunch! (You should have been here. ) You could have chicken, pizza, mexican food or sub sandwiches and of course plenty of ice cream. At 1:15pm the kids will be going to track times where they can choose from a variety of fun activites.
Here are some comments from your children.
This place is awesome!
I don’t even miss my mom! (sorry)
Can we stay longer?
I love my small group leader.
I can’t wait to go to my track times.
Ice cream is the best food!
Made 3 new friends.
Mr Darrel is too funny.
My mom forgot a couple of things! (Wal-mart here we come)
Are we coming next year?