John 3:1-3, 16-21
Introduction: I want to talk about church camp today. I do so for a number of reasons. As with many churches, camp has always been a big part of this congregation's ministry to young people. How many of you here today attended church camp when you were younger. My kids and grandkids all attend camp.
I did too back in the Stone Age. I have been involved in camp for most of my life. I would hate to think where and what I would be today if it were not for the positive influence of church camp. Camp was what ignited my faith in Christ and love for the Bible. I know that's true for many of you.
What's camp like? What happens during a typical week at Shelby County Christian Camp? Let me start by telling you what it is not like. For example, here's a letter home from a kid at camp. This is not what our church camp is like:
Dear Mom and Dad-We're having a great time here at Camp. The camp director is making us all write to our parents in case you saw the flood on TV and worried. We are okay. The river only washed away one of our tents and two sleeping bags. Luckily, none of us drowned because we were all up out in the woods looking for Chad when it happened.
Oh yes, please call Chad's mother and tell her he is okay. He can't write because of the cast. I rode in one of the search and rescue jeeps. It was neat. We never would have found him in the dark if it hadn't been for the lightning. The director got mad at Chad for going on a hike alone without telling anyone. Chad said he did tell him, but it was during the fire so he probably didn't hear him.
Did you know that if you put gas on a fire, the gas can will blow up? The wet wood still didn't burn, but one of our tents did. Also some of our clothes. John is going to look weird until his hair grows back.
Guess what? We have all passed our first aid class. When Dave dove in the lake and cut his arm, we even got to see how a tourniquet works. Also, Wade was up ...
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