First, let me begin by simply saying how proud of this group I am. I’ve never been to FUGE with a group of students quite like this one. They’re awesome on a whole other level and it absolutely delights my soul to spend time with them and get to know them better. I’m proud of them for being brave this week and coming to camp. I’m proud of them for being willing to lay aside the comforts of home and a familiarity to chase after God and discover what it means to be alive and free in Christ. They’re so fun to be around. I’ve literally laughed until it hurt and already shared such sweet moments with them. They’re polite and by far the best dressed group at camp! We’re off to a really great start.
Today was our first full day of camp and with that comes much anticipation for what the rest of the week holds. We went to bed really late last night (ahem…1am for me) and woke up around 6am this morning to get the day started. You’d be so proud of your kiddos. They were up and at it without any trouble this morning! Woo Hoo! Let’s see how long that lasts! We ate breakfast together and then headed into morning celebration where we sang and got all geared up for the day ahead. After that, we (adults included….) conquered “THE HILL.” I’d prefer to call it the mountain of death, but somehow the term “hill” sticks. Let me tell you this…. that is ANYTHING but a hill! On top of that, it was wet and muddy today from the rains yesterday and last night’s dew. I was just waiting to roll down and take everybody below with me. Thankfully, that didn’t happen! I don’t know about the kids, but I had to stop several times for a few moments of “tranquility”…if you know what I mean. Our kids were such troopers today, though. Some of them climbed
death mountain the hill two or three times.
After recreation, the kids had Bible study which was a time for them to talk about God’s word and dig deep into the truths we can apply to our lives. We learned specifically today about how to take steps of faith and act on what God calls us to do. You can follow along with us through Bible study by downloading the parent guide HERE. (It’d be a great way to have conversations with your child after camp about what God taught them while they were here!)
This afternoon was a fun time filled with activities called track times. (I’m sure you might have heard of them.) Some of our students were in adventurous tracks like kayaking, ropes course, laser tag, redneck paintball (which is paintball only redneck style….the kids can tell you all about it.), etc. Some of our students participated in sports tracks like volleyball or battle ball and then some were in classroom tracks where they had an opportunity to learn about ministries or hone in on specific skills like playing the guitar or sharing their faith.
After dinner, we joined the entire camp in a time of worship and diving into God’s word together. It was powerful. It was thought-provoking. It was life-changing. In other words, it was really good (LOL)! It is neat to watch our kids worship from a leader’s perspective in a room full of teenagers just like themselves. They are sincere and I know that God is doing something special in their lives this week.
Please continue to pray for us. We never go on a trip to FUGE that satan doesn’t try to attack or get us distracted in some way. However, we know that God is fully in charge and completely capable of dismantling the schemes of satan. I’m eagerly anticipating what the next few days will hold for our group and I’m praying that God would give us the boldness to bring what we’re learning back to Baker County. You are so loved and I know your kiddos miss you. I do pass along the comments you write to the kids, so if you’d like, please feel free to send a message or a note of encouragement below this post.