Tyler playing "Earth ball"
There were great workshops during the day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. They had the workshops split up into two sections, one for High School and the other for Middle School. I went in with the High School on Tuesday and Wednesday. Our workshop on Tuesday was Ezra: "No Standing without Understanding." then on Wednesday we learned about Hannah: "Being Faithful when things aren't Fruitful". Thursday I went with the Middle School and learned about Timothy: "Going from ME to WE because of THEE". Matt Orth, taught the Ezra study, which was about how we will never be able to stand in our spiritual lives unless we truly grasp and understand the truths that come with our faith. Charie King (Clayton's wife) taught on Hannah and how she trusted God and kept her word, even when it was tough. We saw how her faith was tried by persecution. Then Brian Burgess did the study on Timothy. We looked in Philippians, where Paul gave a great testimony about Timothy, that because of Christ, Timothy now cares more about others than he does his own interests. Every workshop that I went to was excellent. This is a summer camp that gets in God's word and speaks the truth. I highly recommend this camp to all youth groups.
Something that they did different this year, was to separate the guys and girls for one of the evening services. Charie taught the session for the girls. I have to say that Charie is an excellent teacher, she is very passionate about God and teaching to others what she has learned through her study of God's word. I would like to share with you some of the notes that I took during this session. Charie talked about Redefining Love. She first talked about "No one loves me" she went to a passage in Ezekiel 16:4-14. God noticed you, picked you up and clothed you, fed you and gave you an identity. "Love is Hopeless", here she said that "Love becomes distorted when we define it apart from the creator and try to find it in the world around us." We were reminded that God loves us forever, Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
One more thing before I end this post. For all you coffee drinkers, there is this neat little coffee shop across the street from the Gardner-Webb campus that we visited a couple of times while we were there. It is the Broad River Coffee Company, they have some of the best coffee and they also have a pretty good strawberry smoothie.
Jamie, Robin, Kelby & Kristina
Sunny & Jesse