Saturday August 19, 2017
Greetings from Gardom, Week Seven: We were blessed with another full week with a total of 165 campers. Day camp has also been going well week after week, with a total of 10-20 campers each day. Our staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty week in and week out. Yes, we have our bumps along the way which become rich learning experiences to help us fall forward.
Our second team of junior staff (ages 15-16) completed their three weeks of service. A high percentage of these young leaders came with focus and a heart to serve. Many individuals took initiative to be involved with campers and work projects that exceeded our expectations.
I am thankful for Dave McVety, our speaker for main camp, and Brian Dennis our speaker for Encounter both returning for their second week of speaking. Dave McVety also took time to connect and share with our staff every morning during our staff meetings. It was well received and gave them an extra boost to their day. We had 33 first time decisions for Christ and 75 recommitments to going deeper with their relationship with God. Some campers shared on their survey that this was the first time they had heard about truths from the Scripture, and they expressed a desire to read the Bible and learn more before making a decision for Jesus.
We had 4 of our staff going deeper with God through Baptism. It is such a great way to end the week as we have friends, family, and Church communities come around the lake to see staff take their relationships with God to the next level in a public act of obedience to Him.