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Praying Parents; Before, During and After Camp SWO

    We are just days away from Epic Summer Camp SWO and we are so excited and expectant to see what God is going to do in the lives or our students. As parents I’m sure it must stink to be left behind as your student gets the opportunity to engage in the incredible adventure that is CAMP! But we at EPIC we thinking of you this week and we have created for you a Prayer Challenge for you. Here is the Before, During and After camp Prayer Challenge: Before Camp Epic: 1. Ask God to prepare your Student’s heart for what will happen to him/her at camp. 2. Ask God to reveal to your Student the importance of this week both spiritually and relationally. 3. Feel free to let your Student know that you are praying for them and looking forward to hearing what God does when they return. During Camp Epic: 1. The key to praying for our Students at camp is according to the schedule.  If we are eating, pray for social walls to come down and new friendships to be made. If we are out on a high adventure excursion pray for the safety and excitement of our students. And finally, if we are in a service, pray that God will hit hard the hearts of our Students. You can view the 2012 SWO schedule here: SWO12 Schedule 2. Pray for our travel both to and from camp – it’s long trip to Andrews, NC and with two buses and two vans full of teenagers it can seem even longer – pray for safe travel...

Camp Epic 2011(Part 3 of 3)

Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves you…(1 Corinthians 15:1-2a NLT) Camp is officially over. It’s hard to believe really. Last week at this time we were just about to arrive and embark on this life changing week. The week was everything that we hoped and prayed for; 12 students age their lives to Christ for the first time, nearly 25 students rededicated their lives to the cause of Christ, a few students even talked with me about missions. There were tears shed, personal faiths renewed; for many students this message of the gospel ‘clicked’ for the first time. The week truly could not have been better. As I have been reflecting on camp the last few days, thinking back to the decisions made and the experiences shared; I have been trying to process mentally what it was that God used so significantly in the lives of our students this week. What did God use to ignite our students so strongly?? Was it the daily recreation? The awesome worship? The engaging teaching? Perhaps it was getting away from the norms? It couldn’t have been the food! What was it that God used to so affect our students?!?!!????? Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves you… (1 Corinthians 15:1-2a NLT) It wasn’t...

Camp Part 2 (of three)

So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? (Galatians 4: 7-9 ESV) These are the fundamental verses for camp this year! What incredible verse they are!? We are no longer slaves to sin but bought at a price to be loved by God and used by him. This is one of the fundamental truths of Christianity- and our students are beginning to mentally digest this truth in big ways. Students are realizing that they have the power of God in them to overcome sin, to serve beyond themselves, to overcome adversity and past hurt. Students are being healed by this truth- AND IT IS AWESOME TO SEE!! This morning I had the privilege of taking a few students up to the prayer chapel to pray and spend some time reading God’s word before the the day started. In this chapel students spread out, praying and reading. As we entered, we removed our shoes and prayed for soft hearts and willing ears- when we got inside I was so encouraged as I saw at least 5 other Epic students in the chapel already praying, journaling and connecting with God. And remember this is the 4th day of camp at 7:30AM. One...

Before We Leave For Camp Tonight

We will meet in less than 12 hours to leave for Camp!! I can’t believe it’s finally here- I have been super-pumped for this week for a looong time! Summer camps in Student Ministry can be incredible, life changing, spiritually challenging – absolutely life shaking. But…. Camps cans also be dull, spirit-squashing, even provoke the “been there done that” feeling. So how do you know what our experience will be like this summer? It’s all determined by how prepared you are for the week! It all starts long before we set foot on the camp grounds. Think of it like an athlete preparing for the summer Olympics- mountains of prep go into a few days of action. This is the same concept spiritually, we need to prepare our minds, our hearts, yes, even our suitcases for what God is going to do at Camp. The best way to do this is prayer. I hope you have each been praying and thinking about what God wants to do in your life this week – I sure have. As a tool to go by today, here has been my Pre-Camp Prayers: FOR STUDENTS God, I pray that this Camp experience will be unlike any other experience these students have ever had, not simply for the adventures and excitement but for the sake of their relationships with you. I pray you challenge our students to deeper more intimate relationships with you, our creator. I pray not for them to reconnect with you , as though they have been disconnected, but that they will connect with you in a new and fresh way-...