Everyone had a blast running around outside playing a bunch of different group games.
- Chicken Strips
- Mac ‘n’ Cheese
- Fried Apples
After everyone got a turn on the mega swing, one camper had the opportunity to go again decided it would not be fair to everyone else.
- Sloppy Joes
- Happy Fries
For each mini game, campers had to pull together as a team to complete each challenge.
Climbers made their way to the top of Jacob’s Ladder, everyone did very well!
- Biscuits and Gravy
Jesus asked the man that had been an invalid for 38 years, “Do you want to get well?” Then he said, “Get up! Pick up your may and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. - John 5:1-9
The Lord lead me to change the plan for the evening and to intentionally have a camp staff person and counselor volunteer to share victories of healing through Jesus. I was overwhelmed by the evening. Testimonies of a brain infection, thyroid cancer, brain tumor, 31 week old birth, camper that was born 2 lbs. 3 oz. with us, another 3rd grader camper that is a 5 year cancer survivor. Did I mention overwhelmed!!! Jesus healed and continues to heal!!!!! Praise The Lord!! – Pastor Kenny
All campers met up at the campfire for dinner to roast hotdogs and s’mores. Afterwards the played various versions of sharks and minnows.
- Grilled Chicken Sandwiches
- Roasted Veggies
- Mac N Cheese
Campers walked through popular stories from the Bible.
- French Toast Sticks
We talked about how Jesus was such a good teacher. He taught in ways that everyone could understand. We had a very distinguished guest speaker, Professor Cole S. Law. We learned about “good fruit” and “bad fruit” and how they come from different trees. We also learned that wise men build their house upon the “rock” and not sand because life’s storms are difficult and if we don’t build our lives on Jesus, we will get washed away pretty easily.
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.* By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. *Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. - Mathew 7:15-20“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.** **The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.** **But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.** **The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”** **When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,** **because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. – [Matthew 7:24-29](https://www.bible.com/bible/111/mat.7.24 "Matthew 7:24-29")
Everyone got messy during today’s outdoor games.
- Taco Salad
The girls put their accuracy and concentration to the test and aimed for the bullseye.
- Sausage Lasagna
- Green Beans
Nature Walk and Crafts
The rest of the girls spent their morning walking the trails and learning about creation. They picked leaves, berries, and even some mushrooms to showcase in their craft.
Campers were encouraged to face their fears and climb as high as they possibly could.
- Scrambled Eggs
- Hash Browns
We talked about friends, and being a good friend. Jesus is our Friend. We had a guest, “Shorty” show up and he shared with the kids in a special way.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.* If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. *This is my command: Love each other. - John 15:9-17Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”** **Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”** **“But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light.** **It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”** **After he had said this, he went on to tell them,“Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”** **His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.** **So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,** **and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”** **Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”** **On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”** **Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;** **and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”** **“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”** **After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there. When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied.** **Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”** **Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”** **So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.** **I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”** **When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”** **The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them,“Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” - [John 11:1-45](https://www.bible.com/bible/111/jhn.11.1 "John 11:1-45")
“Shorty” realized that he wasn’t the only one hurting and most times we need to look outward to help our friends instead of always thinking they should be helping us. Jesus is always our friend.
- Fried Chicken
- Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Between the water balloon toss, the pool toy game and the bucket challenge, everybody got wet (me included).
Campers were challenged to climb the 42 foot ropes course and walk across the balance beam at the top before repelling and hanging spidey-style above the ground.
Whether they made it to the top or not, the mega swing was a sure thrill.
Afternoon Pool Time
All campers joined together at the pool for fun in the sun at the pool.
- Corn Dogs
- Apple Sauce
The girls put their strength and endurance to the test making it to the top of the rock wall.
Everyone was asked to participate in a pool-length swim test to determine if they are strong enough to swim in the deep end.
- French Fries
- Vanilla Ice Cream
Campers are starting to get to know each other hula hooping, playing basketball, and block stacking!