Saturday, July 14, 2012

Summer Camps 2012: Teen Camp

There was a wonderful spirit at Arrowhead for our first week of summer camp. We have several families serving together with us this summer, and this week was punctuated with a mature staff dedicated to the work of the Lord! This unity and submission to Christ highlighted the week and promoted some wonderful opportunities for sharing the gospel with the campers.

Many of our volunteers this week shared stories of opportunities they had to answer questions for the campers and point them to Christ and the scriptures. We gave out "Action Bibles",  which are illustrated books that tell, through story, the major stories of the Old Testament. Beginning with creation and an introduction to God in His power and eternality and progressing through to the story of Christ on the Cross, all the while pointing to our need for a redeemer. One of the guys read over 200 pages before the week was out, constantly approaching his cabin leader with questions about what he was reading! Our only regret is that we don't have more copies of the book to give out.

Stephen Somers was our guest speaker for the week. Beginning on Monday evening, and continuing right through to Friday morning, he clearly and dynamically brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the campers. No one who was at ANBC this week can ever say they have not heard the Gospel! Here is a short excerpt from his message on Thursday night.

On Thursday night, our team from Gorrie, Ontario presented a skit that they had prepared to share with us. The mime they shared is an illustration of the freeing and conquoring work of Christ in our lives. Here is a short excerpt from it.

I had the privilege of meeting Mark Craig at NBBI on a couple of different occasions. Mark is a relatively new believer who's testimony is an encouragement and a challenge. He came to ANBC on Thursday to share the work of Christ in his life with the campers. It was a true blessing and we look forward to having Mark with us again next summer!!

Please pray that these conversations, testimonies, answered questions, chapel messages and books will all serve to challenge the kids in their lives with the need for repentance and Faith! It is our hearts desire to see the kids be reconciled to God in Faith and Repentance and come into authentic and permanent relationship with Him!

Phil & Mike getting the boat out of mothballs for the summer. It's working great, the kids sure love being in the water!

Thursday afternoon was a sports tournament, the campers and staff rotated between basketball, beach volleyball, soccer and table tennis.

Our illustrious dish crew for Teen Camp! Good job gang!!

 We rounded up all the fellas and carried the raft to the water! Mike & Pete had most of it... the rest of us were just making faces to look good!

Monday night of teen camp... "Fear Factor" night... Happy Meal in a glass. Yum.

Arrowhead's brand new dock has been delivered and is being put to use this summer! We are so pleased to have the new dock!

Our first week of camp wasn't without it's challenges. Due to some confusion with a sub contractor, Irving Oil did not deliver propane to ANBC as expected. This was only a problem once we ran out on Monday morning. With the Bannock in the oven and the spaghetti sauce on the stove we had to do some quick thinking. I bought this small propane cooker from Roger Hill in the Spring and it came into good use on Monday evening - as Venus cooked the spaghetti in the back yard! Propane tanks and propane was delivered in time for Supper on Tuesday.

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