Teen Camp, 2016… Sunday, Aug. 14
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
Teen Camp started off with a bang (or should we say “a flop”)!
To start the week off right, the program team at River’s Edge Camp gathered all students together to play an ice breaker game with punishment. Pastor Jordan faced the punishment but because of great teamwork, he only had to jump from the fourth rung of a ladder into the pool.
Students were placed in cabins and joined their camp family for the week for games and “get to know you” before supper and heading to chapel. Sam Lundell and crew opened chapel time with great worship and pump up and Pastor Amy Miller (from Living Stones Church in Red Deer) brought the Word for us. She opened the Bible to Exodus, talking with students about Moses. Pastor Amy asked us all to be expectant for God to show up this week. She reminded students that God WANTS to encounter them, and maybe in an unbelievable way, as God called Moses’ name from the burning bush. She ended chapel time challenging students to look for God, listen for God’s voice and to choose to turn toward Him this week.
We are certain that God has been preparing specific leaders to be with specific students this week for camp as Pastor Jordan spoke rallied the leaders to remind them of a theme scripture this week from Isaiah 43:18. He challenged us to remind God of His promise to do a “new thing” this week, in our student’s lives and in ours. Summer can be a tough time for students as they are away from their daily community. Many students are in a place where they need God to do a new thing, especially as the new school year comes to a start.
We were again challenged to be expectant of God to do this new thing, to be watching and ready, to perceive it. We expect God to make springs of living water stir up this week, that will flow through the wasteland many may experience at home and in school.