Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Not Afraid Day 2 - The Morning Report

We woke this morning at 7am and hurried off to breakfast of cinnamon French toast and sausage before chapel. We opened our time with Ms. Karla and the band leading worship, singing some of our favorite Lightseeker Camp songs followed by some "Minute to Win It" games. Ms. Karla shared about how she started as Lightseeker camper back when she was in third grade, became a Counselor in Training while she was in high school, later became a counselor. Then she started leading worship at camp and was on the Design Team before ending up as our Camp Dean. The point is, she said, that God was working in her throughout her whole life to help her minister in the church and here in Lightseekers -God wants to do wonderful things for this generation of campers and perhaps He will use a few of them to be Missionary Kids, Counselors, or Leaders in the future, if they are not afraid.
Mr. Joe taught us to day about Moses and the Burning Bush. Moses was afraid when God spoke to him; he didn't want to go to Egypt and speak to Pharaoh, telling him to let God's people go. Trying new things can be very scary, but just like He promised Moses, God promises to be with us wherever we go. In fact our theme verse for the week says, " Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.
Today's memory verse Psalm 27:1 tells us: The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?" As we will learn this week, if God is with us we won't have any reason to stay afraid. We might be afraid to try new things, go new places or meet new people but we can know that God will help us overcome our fears.
With tat being said, the students are out right now trying new things in their unit time. I will report more later...

Monday, June 26, 2017

Lightseekers 2017 - Not Afraid, The First Day of Camp

Well, we are all here, we made it all safe and sound to camp at Mile High Pines. The weather is wonderful, it's not too hot for a summer day. The kids have been having lots of fun so far and we are just beginning our first night of chapel. We have eaten good food and played hard, now it's time to worship God and listen to our awesome speaker, Mr. Joe talk about not being afraid. I'll post more later, but I wanted all you parents to know that we got here okay.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Lightseekers 2016 - The Finale

We stayed up too late and got up too early to pack our stuff before breakfast. The camp picture was taken and our last time of worship happened in the chapel. Karla wrapped up her Jen Barrick story with her video describing her story and how God is using her tragedy for His glory. We collected over $500 in offering today to bring our camp scholarship fund to nearly $1000. But most importantly, Jim reminded that Jesus has sent us into all the world to preach His Gospel because others need to hear about Him and ultimately He is the One Whom we serve. We serve Him by telling others how they can be in His family.

We ended our camp singing "There is no one like You...there is no ONE LIKE OUR GOD." There truly isn't and we serve Him.

See you all next year.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lightseekers 2016 -Thursday Night

It was another wonderful day at Lightseekers; it was nice and hot which made the pool seem even better. Some campers and their leaders took a hike over to Jenks Lake, a few got lost but were found pretty quickly by some other Christians who showed them the way. This is so like our walk with Christ, sometimes we lose our way and God sends someone along to set us straight. More on this in a bit.

Karla continued her story about Jen Barrick. We found out that Jen recovered from her coma but had to learn to do everything all over again, like she was a little child. In time, she was able to do many of the things she used to do but she was still left with a lot of permanent damage to her brain and body. Still, God honored her desire to serve Him with all her being by allowing her and her family to found a ministry that partners with Joni Eareckson Tada's ministry to reach those who have suffered debilitating traumas.

Jim continued his message about trusting God using Proverbs 3. The key passage is found in verses 5 and 6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart;  do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."  Our own thinking (like the hikers who were lost in the woods) can be confused or even downright wrong and disobedient. But when we trust God after seeking His way, He provides the direction we need in our lives.

This is why we have Lightseekers Camp: to help campers discover who God is, who we are and then help campers learn to trust Him. It's not the end yet, we have one chapel to go. Continue to pray that God will touch hearts.

Lightseekers 2016 - Thursday Morning

We had soooo much fun last night in the Night Game!!! All the campers were grouped in teams, searching for clues in the dark, using only their flashlights to light the way. They had to avoid "Selfseekers" and had to be ready to tell of deeds of righteousness when asked. The Ninja Masters won but everyone was safe and all had a good time. We sang campfire songs and then went back to our cabin.

This morning after our "Egg McMuffin" breakfast, we had two special guests musicians join us for chapel worship, Amira and Isaiah, who played their violin and viola along with Miss Karla's band. Isaiah and Amira are very talented young adults who will be playing at the Disney Concert Hall next month. It was great to rock out to Jesus with them.

Jim talked about today's theme - Trust and Obey. He asked the campers the question, "How can you say that you love God if you don't obey Him? Believe (which is really trust) is an action word. He shared the chapter from which our theme verse Joshua 24:15 is taken. After the Israelites had crossed over the Jordan and entered the Promise Land, Joshua in Chapter 1 had given them a charge to be strong and courageous. After the land had been completely conquered and settled, Joshua, near the end of his own life, called all the people together at Shechem and reminded them of how God had set them free from the Egyptians and brought them to this land. He challenged them to honor God "and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone " (24:14). The people promised to serve Him wholeheartedly (if you know the Bible, you know how well they kept that promise) and set up a marker to remember their covenant with God. Joshua warned them that they were accountable for following their agreement to serve and obey Him alone. 

When we begin to follow Jesus, we begin to learn to obey Him. I can't say I'm following Jesus and still be happy with lying, cheating, or disobeying my parents or teachers. We need to put our belief into action - not just words. This message isn't just for children, but also for the adults. We too need to follow Jesus with all our heart, but even when we mess up on that, Jesus is there, ready to forgive and restore. More on that later...