Married to the Empire

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Bit about Youth Camp

We had a great time at Centrifuge in Glorieta, NM, but it wasn't without some difficulties. There was a little drama and tension between some of the girls, but they worked it out. Our van was hit in a Dairy Queen parking lot on the way to camp, but the pastor's son managed to get the license plate of the car that hit our van. It was a hit-and-run, but between the plate number from the pastor's son and the car description from another guy who witnessed it, the police were quickly able to find the guilty party.

The adults were given an hour of free time every morning, which was a new thing, so we'd meet over coffee during that time to discuss our kids and pray over them. We were amazed at the amount of answered prayer this week! Steven and I have been to a lot of youth camps over the years, and this is the first one in which it seemed as if the message every day was specifically geared towards our students.

When the girls were fighting, the next day's message was all about forgiveness. When we discussed a kid who didn't understand why he should pray when God already knows what he needs, the message that night answered that very question. In fact, the question was stated word for word, then followed by the answer. Many of our kids had been praying to see God in a new way, and every night in our church-group time, they shared about how God had done just that.

Really, it was just an amazing week. And one of our kiddos accepted Christ as her personal Savior this week!

Charlie Hall did the music this week. There were approximately 1100 kids in attendance this year! Here's a little video of the band playing. When the screen isn't totally dark, you can see just how very many kids were there!


AnneK said...

And I thought it was a small church camp. I had no idea it was so huge. Praise God that one student in your group got saved!

Ewokgirl said...

Well, the camp was huge. Our church is small. We brought 29 kids with us this year, and that was a record high number for us!

Kimber said...

Sing with me now, "It's a small world after all..."
I was a Centrifuge kid, too!
Although, I went with my family, not my youth group, so I actually got to stay in more of a hotel setting, LOL!

Glad to hear you're back safe and sound, and that God moved mightily while you were there!!