It was chilly, clouds covered the warmth from the sun and brought a light mist with them. Concerned faces glanced at the pools of muddy water and the hills. More powerfully, fearless hearts filled the camp with excitement.
It was the morning of the 5K!
Unbeknownst to the runners the emotions that were palpable in the air that day remain present through each week of summer camp.
Kids who couldn't or wouldn't attend summer camp now get a chance to feel the concern and fearlessness. As we all know, funds are short but the passion is never lacking. The 5K is like toeing the line in boxing. The opponents weigh in and then stand face to face preparing for the war that is to ensue. Our passion to have kids at camp versus lack of funding to bring all of them here.
The battle commences, with the hope of the final bell and the victor being a week of summer camp, in which kids are free to examine their own lives in a safe environment while being showered with good news, words and actions.
We want hundreds of youth to fill our camp this summer. We want hundreds of youth to play, eat well, rest well, and leave with a life re-examined. We want the hope of finding their oasis in Jesus to be real in each life.
Concerned faces turned to relief as their legs carried them to the finish line. Fearless hearts were colorful with joy but also with mud water and paint. This one bout is over. We have damaged the barrier of lack and passion but still need help to overcome the challenger.
Can you get your network passionate about under-resourced youth coming to camp?
Can you use your resources to scholarship an experiential week of listening and seeing the good news of the Kingdom of God?