Blog: Teen Camp 2016: In Their Words
July 27, 2016
If you’ve been on our Facebook page recently, you’ve heard Teen Camp described as AMAZINGLY POWERFUL.
Here are some of the reasons:
- 26 campers (About half of them attended for the first time.)
- 8 decisions to accept Christ
- 6 teens baptized
Teens were asked to answer some questions about the week. Here are some of their responses:
Favorite part of camp:
- Horseback riding
- Getting to have fun with all my friends
- Praise and worship (singing)
- Getting to know new people
- When the most powerful things happen in chapel
- Getting to go to sleep
- The food
Aim Right Teen Camp is…
- Good place to have fun and learn the Word of God
- A really good place to have the best summer
- A life-changing experience
- Fun and spiritual
- One of the best camps I have ever gone to
- One of the most amazing weeks of my life
How my life has been changed:
- I learned how to forgive.
- I finally accepted God into my life and was baptized for the first time.
- Camp made it more clear what my calling is.
- I know what I need to do to make permanent changes in my life.
- If I have problems, I can go to God to help me and to always go ALL IN [the theme of this year’s camp].
- I got baptized, and I feel free; giving God my pain and letting go has set me free.
- I am committed to God.
- I’ve finally found my purpose.
As I go home, pray for me, that I will…
- Be able to find what my purpose is.
- Keep reading my Bible.
- Be more successful in school and chase my dreams.
- Remember what I’ve learned.
- No matter what, stay true to my love for God.
- Be safe and stay in touch with Jesus.
- Stay committed.
- Stop doing things that will affect my life.
- Continue to be close to God and spread His Word for others to see.
- Stay with God.
- Not go back to smoking and gang banging again.
- Continue to be ALL IN every day.
- Be strong for what is coming.
- Become a person who will make my community a better place.
- Not change.
- Let my anger go and commit to God.
I think it’s apparent that teens shared their hearts in their responses. In the weeks ahead, as you pray for Aim Right, perhaps you can also lift up the requests of our teens. In addition to the craziness and violence in our world today, youth face spiritual battles and temptations in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods.
A common theme in teens’ prayer requests above is the word “stay.” I am reminded of John 15:4, which says, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” Some Bible translations replace the word “abide” with the word “stay.” Pray that teens will abide (stay) in Him!
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