This weekend of fun and bible study is a highlight for the student ministry of Stetson Baptist Church. Students have been looking forward to this event since the moment they finished their last one. When asked what some of their favorite aspects of DiscipleNow were, students responded with how the bible studies were “interesting and helpful”, they had fun during recreation, and just the “random fun we do at the host homes.”
When we were at CentriKid in 2015, I had some of our kiddos ask me, “Miss Hannah, how many weeks have you spent at camp?” I had to clarify if retreats counted and if as a counselor and camper with counted. They agreed all of those counted. As of this year, I have spent 55 weeks of my life at a camp or retreat of some kind. That is over a year of my life has been involved in camp ministry. Some of you may think that is very little and to others I seem like a camp fanatic.
New Year’s Resolutions are something many of us make each year. Some are more successful at keeping their resolutions than others, but resolutions are made all the same. Resolutions are often about relationships or health and they are generally positive goals to make ourselves better.
This year’s summer camp is an opportunity for everyone to have a “mountain top” experience (both literally and spiritually). Summer Camp is always a great opportunity for students (and adults) to get away for a week and focus on what God is doing in their lives.
One day, a professor took me to the university library and pointed out that the entire basement was CD recordings. There must have been tens of thousands of CDs down there. Then he looked at me and said, “Some of these recordings are not worth listening to.” I looked at him and said “So, how am I going to know what’s good music?” His answer was brilliant – “Show up to class and listen to what we (professors) have to say. Then, go and listen.”
I remember the day I graduated from seminary. I finally had all the answers to being a student pastor and all of life… and then I got married… and then I had kids of my own. Somehow, in all the training and education I received, my kids and life were the exception to everything that I had all the answers for just a few short years before. What I wake up everyday trying to continue to learn is that I do not have all the answers, but I serve the One who does. If I keep following Him I may not get it perfect, but I will continue to point my family in the right direction. And the right direction for my family is making sure they become lifelong, fully devoted followers of Christ.
Those words still conjure up images of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and a pretty weak Christmas tree. Those are happy memories, but let’s be honest, the idyllic view of Christmas that lives in our memories, hopes, and dreams isn’t always a reality.
You may go to change the world, but it will probably be your world that gets changed! This mission experience is meant to show students (and adults) the importance and abilities they have in sharing the love of Christ in tangible ways.