Tonight’s Vespers finished off the story of Jacob. To start off, Paul explained to the kids that God told Jacob to go and settle in Bethel and build an altar there. So Jacob grabbed his family and nothing else- idols, jewelry, anything-, told them to change their clothes and move out. But on their way, something happened. Now, Jacob had a daughter, borne from Leah. On their travels, a local man saw her and wanted her in the worst way possible. After doing a terrible deed to her, he told his father, Hamor, to get her to be his wife. Word got around to Jacob, however, that the local, Shecham, defiled her. Eventually, his sons heard about what happened. Hamor tried to bargain with them by asking for his son if he could have her as his wife and that Jacob and his family could take the children from her as his own, he could live among them, trade in his land, and buy property. Shechem then said that he’d do anything to have her as his wife. But the sons of Jacob had a different idea. They said to them,
“We can’t do such a thing; we can’t give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us. We will enter into an agreement with you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males. Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We’ll settle among you and become one people with you. But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we’ll take our sister and go.”- Genesis 34: 14-17
Shechem and Hamor agreed, and they began the process with all of them men in their city. However, after it was all said and done, three days later, two of Jacob’s sons went out and killed every single man in the city. The the others came around and looted the the city of its women and children and destroying everything. When Jacob found out, he was outraged at this and feared for their lives. Everything he had worked so hard for over the last several decades, after learning from his own mistakes and pain, now his sons were doing the same thing.
However, after packing up again and moving towards Bethel, not one finger was raised against Jacob and what his sons had done. Why though? Because the people of that land feared Jacob because of his faith in God. They were afraid what his sons could do. The safety of Jacob and his family, however, didn’t rest in their hands, but in God’s. The fear of God causes us to maintain the level of purity He asks for.
Finally, they arrive at Bethel. But only by God’s will and because of his faith and loyalty to God did they make it. Without God, nothing short of a miracle is possible. Without Him, there is no purity.
Most kids continued to work on their plays this afternoon after lunch. For lunch, they had:
- Cold Cut Sandwiches
Kids had fun “singing” during lunchAnd a two our Free Time period! Lot’s of fun in the pool! [![IMG_5164](http://res.cloudinary.com/impact-2818/image/upload/v1423285050/IMG_5164_fkeaxd.jpg)](http://impact2818.smugmug.com/Camp-Rivervale/Rivervale-2014July-1318/n-8LbNQ/) [![IMG_5174](http://res.cloudinary.com/impact-2818/image/upload/v1423285050/IMG_5174_bh738z.jpg)](http://impact2818.smugmug.com/Camp-Rivervale/Rivervale-2014July-1318/n-8LbNQ/) Campers enjoying the pool ### Morning everyone! A bit of a busy morning this morning, but fun nonetheless! For breakfast, campers had: - French Toast Sticks - Sausage - Cereal - Fruit In bible study, they talked more about putting out faith in God in [Jeremiah 29:10-14](https://bible.com/111/jer.29.10-14.niv "Jeremiah 29:10-14"). I’ll let Sam Bunch, one of our counselors, explain more: Some more campers were able to enjoy the other parts of the ropes course, which helped demonstrate being able to trust someone else to support them and encourage them. [![IMG_4886](http://res.cloudinary.com/impact-2818/image/upload/v1423285051/IMG_4886_rkpvwa.jpg)](http://impact2818.smugmug.com/Camp-Rivervale/Rivervale-2014July-1318/n-8LbNQ) ### [!(http://res.cloudinary.com/impact-2818/image/upload/v1423287282/wednesday-thursday_x7xby1.png)](http://res.cloudinary.com/impact-2818/image/upload/v1423287282/wednesday-thursday_x7xby1.png) ### Climbing, Zip-Lining, and Communion Tonight’s activities really challenged the kids in many ways. Some face their fears and were encouraged while climbing the rock wall at Camp Rivervale, and those that made it to the top only had one way down- zip-lining through the field, of course! Dinner tonight was amazing! - Beef and Noodles - Green Beans - Mashed Potato’s - Salad Bar Afterwards, campers got settled in for tonight’s communion service, where they were offered the blood and body of Christ. Paul started out the service continuing the story about Jacob’s escape from his uncle, Laban. He left to go the only place he could go, and that was home where his brother, Esau, lived. He had his whole family and livestock with him. As he got closer, he sent out his flocks in front of him as an offering to his brother, hoping that he would see his generosity and accept his apology. As he got closer, he ordered his family behind him, so that if Esau were to attack (which he had every right to, considering what Jacob did to him in the past), his family could have the opportunity to escape. But when he got to his brother, Esau saw Jacob bowing down to him and ran to him and embraced him. He was hapy to see his brother! He saw all of the women and children and asked who they were, and Jacob said, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.” Esau then asked why he was ending him all of his flocks and herds, already having plenty himself, and Jacob replied that he was trying to please Esau. Esau denied them at first, but Jacob insisted that he take them, for now he was giving them as a gift rather than as a pleading bargain. Jacob’s submissive attitude towards his brother Esau was blessed by God, that even though Jacob did all those horrible thing to him, Esau still loved him. And that is how God receives us. We could be the most horrible person on earth and have done terrible things in our past, but once we humble ourselves at the feet of Jesus, only then will God forgive us. And so He does, with every one of us. Even the most terrible people on Earth, if they come to Christ, they will be forgiven. [-Genesis 33](https://www.bible.com/bible/111/gen.33 "Genesis 33") Songs from tonight: - [Lord I Need You](http://open.spotify.com/track/0xGXCPSjxkHxElgi7kC5SZ "Lord I Need You | Chris Tomlin") - [Lead Me To The Cross](http://open.spotify.com/track/7dfFcTLlCPxoJsRUv5MZ2f "Lead Me To The Cross | Hillsong United") - [Amazing Grace](http://open.spotify.com/track/5W9Al2ewPfzbWHOV2BAtBR "Amazing Grace | Chris Tomlin ") [![IMG_4746](http://res.cloudinary.com/impact-2818/image/upload/v1423285068/IMG_4746_dlarnc.jpg)](http://impact2818.smugmug.com/Camp-Rivervale/Rivervale-2014July-1318/n-8LbNQ) ### Working on Plays! This afternoon was spent working on plays and getting things ready for Friday’s show for the parents. Actors and actresses rehearsed, the stage and tech crew were busy setting up the stage with lights and the set, the “Pazzarappi” were busy taking photos of everyone enjoying themselves (I better step it up!), and the costume crew were getting the wardrobe’s ready. Afterwards, they all took a dip in the pool to stay fresh and cool. Stay tuned in tonight for more photos! And as always, a response from you here is always welcome! !() ### Good Morning! And now, a word from one of our counselors… For breakfast this morning, camperas had: - Biscuits and Gravy - [Crispy Cubes](http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/melissa-darabian/perfect-crispy-potatoes-recipe.html "Crispy Cube Recipe") ### [!(http://res.cloudinary.com/impact-2818/image/upload/v1423287288/tuesday-wednesday_ng0o3i.png)](http://res.cloudinary.com/impact-2818/image/upload/v1423287288/tuesday-wednesday_ng0o3i.png) ### Backwards Night, Talent Night, and Worship The campers had a lot of fun tonight! First on the list, the campers did “Backwards Night”, which was up to their interpretation, where they showed up to dinner in the best backwards attire! Some wore clothes inside out, some wore shirts as pants and pants as hat, some even put on hats and drew on beards! One of the most entertaining aspect of this whole theme was that everything was done backwards, from lining up to walk in, singing, and even going through the lunch line (dessert first, then the main course!). The kids really got into it, and each had wonderful ideas! [!(http://res.cloudinary.com/impact-2818/image/upload/v1423285186/IMG_26021_ggyo9d.jpg)](http://impact2818.smugmug.com/Camp-Rivervale/Rivervale-2014July-1318/n-8LbNQ/) Campers not only had to sing “Amen” backwards (“Nema”), but the walked through the lunch line backwards as well! From there, they headed straight to the tabernacle for Talent Night, where the campers could go on stage and perform a special talent that they have! Each performed a wonderful show, and entertained all of us! [![IMG_2981](http://res.cloudinary.com/impact-2818/image/upload/v1423285194/IMG_2981_y96ptr.jpg)](http://impact2818.smugmug.com/Camp-Rivervale/Rivervale-2014July-1318/n-8LbNQ/) [![IMG_2940](http://res.cloudinary.com/impact-2818/image/upload/v1423285194/IMG_2940_uyk5ki.jpg)](http://impact2818.smugmug.com/Camp-Rivervale/Rivervale-2014July-1318/n-8LbNQ/) Campers showing off their talent. [![IMG_3516](http://res.cloudinary.com/impact-2818/image/upload/v1423285186/IMG_3516_z7hkei.jpg)](http://impact2818.smugmug.com/Camp-Rivervale/Rivervale-2014July-1318/n-8LbNQ/) After all the fun, it was time for Vespers as the campers walked to Oak Tree shrine, the Holy Spirit descended upon them. Spiritual Director Paul continued the story of Jacob. After leaving his family, Jacob wen to go live with his uncle, Laban. While traveling there, Jacob fell asleep and had a vivid dream sent from God. In the dream, there was a stairway the ascended into heaven where he met God. God then promised Jacob that He would bless Him like he blessed his father, and promised Jacob that He would not leave him. At that point, Jacob woke up and realized that he actually spoke with God, and could no longer deny Him and took an oath to follow God and make him his Lord. Finally, Jacob arrived and met Rachel, the daughter of Laban. Jacob said that he would work for Laban for seven years to have Rachel’s hand in marriage. Seven years later, he demanded to marry Rachel, so Laban threw a feast together. After the feast, Laban took Leah, Rachel’s older and “not-as-pleasant” sister, to lay with Jacob. He tricked him. When Jacob awoke, he demanded to know why this became. Laban simply said that it wasn’t tradition to marry off the youngest sister first, but if he worked another seven years, he would give Jacob Rachel. And so Jacob worked for another seven years. And finally, in the end, he was able to be with Rachel, even after 20 years had passed, he continued to work for Laban. He made Laban extremely rich by staying and working with him, and Laban did not want him to leave. Eventually, by working for Jacob and being humble and becoming submissive, Jacob became even richer than Laban. Laban did not like that and started to not like him as much, so Jacob eventually left with his family and riches back to his home. Those who humble themselves and become submissive, God will lift up when the time is right, as He did with Jacob. Songs sang tonight: - [Lord I Need You](http://open.spotify.com/track/0xGXCPSjxkHxElgi7kC5SZ "Lord I Need You") - [Heart Of Worship](http://open.spotify.com/track/7H9WngYYZ49NQvpgniPqI3 "Heart of Worship") ### Lunchtime Fun Yes. This just happened during lunch, where the kids played the famous Cup Song game, where they hit and slap their cups down in a rhythmic pattern. It’s quite fun, actually. You should ask them about it when you see them next! For lunch, campers had: - Grilled Cheese - Green Beans - Curly fries - Salad Bar And for dinner tonight, here’s a little inside thought about the theme, Backwards Night: ### It’s A Beautiful Morning! Good morning everyone! Such a beautiful morning this morning and just wanted to share with you what our bible lesson for today is going to be! Today started out on a good note with a great breakfast: - Scrambled eggs - Ham - Fruit - Yogurt - Toast - Cereal And here’s a message from one of our Directors: ### [!(http://res.cloudinary.com/impact-2818/image/upload/v1423287304/monday-tuesday_aoe3ss.png)](http://res.cloudinary.com/impact-2818/image/upload/v1423287304/monday-tuesday_aoe3ss.png) ### Heaven RAINS Down On Us The clouds decided to let go what little they had left from yesterday’s storms during our worship time tonight, so it was decided that we were to have it in the cafeteria. But that didn’t stop the emotional story that Spiritual Director Paul told tonight. He talked about the story of Jacob and Esau, twin brothers born from Isaac and Rebekah. The story is about the two brothers, Esau being the skilled hunter of the two and Jacob who was content with staying home with his mother, who adored him. The reason she loved him was because during pregnancy, she asked the Lord why she was going through so much pain, in which He replied, >
This afternoon, the kids were all tested in the swimming pool. Some played basketball, some went down the water slide, and others lounged around to get some sun. It was a much needed break from a humid day, and the kids seemed to really enjoy it! Their lunch this afternoon:
- Corn Dogs
- French Fries
- Sliced Peaches
- Salad Bar
After everyone sang and prayed in the tabernacle, campers were placed into their respective roles for Friday night’s play. They include the Paparazzi, Stage Crew, Runners, Tech Crew, and the Actors/Actresses.
A beautiful morning to start out our week, seeing God’s life in the thunderstorm last night while the birds were out chirping and all of life had a fresh supply of water! We went down to Otterbein to grab some breakfast, which consisted of:
So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to celebrate.-Luke 15: 20-24
Registration is done, and camp has finally begun! We had a few thunderstorms, but that didn’t stop the kids from enjoying themselves all day! They tossed frisbees, played name-games to get to know one another, posed in front of the photo booth, sang songs (loudly!) and had a good first meal at dinner time! Dinner consisted of:
- Pepperoni, Cheese, and Sausage Pizza
- Bread sticks
- Nacho Cheese
- Sliced Peaches
- Salad Bar
That is when the storms hit and we lost power, but we continued to sing songs as the counselors and directors entertained the kids with their own renditions of songs such as I’m A Little Teapot, the Doxology, and more! The kids got involved and laughed and sang along. Afterwards, they went back to their dorms, unpacked their things and settled in before playing a few cards games, some instruments, caught up with each other and socialized. And the best part it- it’s only downhill from here! Stay with us and check back often tomorrow as photos and videos will be uploaded as best as possible during the day (as long as power stays on!).
IT’S A POSE-DOWN!
And now, we present to you Camp Rivervale’s very own Drama Camp! We welcome your kids to be with us to grow in fellowship and in God throughout the week as we teach them to love one another and God through performing and theatrical arts! Here the kids will get in several small groups and during the week, work on plays with each other, learn about Jesus and His teachings, as well as have fellowship with one another. On Friday, each group will perform their play to the parents! Feel free to interact with us here on Best Part Of Camp and be a part of the excitement! We will continue to update this blog throughout the day everyday this week, so please check in often and see how your kiddos are doing!