Well #thsmcamp15 has come to a close, but don’t worry, you still get a recap on the greatness from last day and a half of camp! Sorry it is late, I kind of fell into a post-camp coma, but have emerged from the cocoon and am ecstatic to share with you all that Jesus did as camp wrapped up. Our last morning show ended with a game called Put it on a Cracker, where two students got to eat a cracker topped with a mysterious pureed mixture and try to be the first to crack the code of what was in the mixture. It was disgusting and comical, which always makes for a great way to start the day!
Neil led us in a time of considering the doctrine of salvation and the doctrine of providence, teaching us more about the character of God and the beauty of His sovereign will. He finished up talking about these five big life questions that most students will answer in the next 5-10 years…
- Who will I be?
- What will I worship?
- Where will I live?
- What will I do?
- Who will I marry?
What we believe, or don’t believe, about God will directly impact the way that we answer these questions and how we spend our lives. Praise be to God that He already knows how these questions will be answered in each of our lives and that He is 100% sovereign and gracious in our journey.
After that we moved on to the last day, best day of recreation! We finished up strong with Water Day. Students got to slide down a giant slip-n-slide, play pool Quidditch, go head to head in a drench-n-drain competition (get your hair wet and then drain it into a bucket), and jump to victory in a diving board competition. It was a great way to end our recreation time together. Junior High finished up their last small group time while High School dove into the fun of Water Day.
^^It’s not Water Day until you throw in some animal floaties.
^^There’s an art to having the perfect slide down the slip-n-slide.
^^Team America huddles for one last time as a group
^^These guys are loving the camp life.
Junior High Water Day was a blast, as you can see from the pictures! I am convinced that 7th and 8th graders really know how to make everything fun. And Water Day was no exception!
We finished off our last evening together, coming before the Lord and asking Him to land on us. Neil led us to Colossians 2:6-7 as we talked about the fuel for abiding. When the gospel is at work in our lives, our hearts’ natural response is gratitude. This gospel-centered gratitude is the fuel for abiding in Christ.
The main questions that Neil asked during our last session together were…
- Have you received Christ Jesus as Lord?
- Do you find authentic joy in doing the will of God?
- What motivates you spiritually?
- What’s the most consequential things someone taught you this year?
- Who causes you to know Jesus in a fresh way?
- How does it make you feel to know that God knows what you think, not just what you say?
- How grateful are you to God?
The Father moved through our time together in worship and small group on Monday evening. In really, really cool ways that I still can’t wrap my brain around.
You guys!! This is what the gospel does–brings death to life, completely transforming hearts and minds and lives for the glory of God. And that is exactly what happened at camp. Not because of me or THSM staff or leaders or Neil or Brett or any human or any circumstance. No. Because of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Because the King has won!! Oh, what sweet victory we have in the Lord.
What better way to celebrate victory in the Lord than with baptism? There really is nothing greater. On Tuesday morning, we got to watch 5 students follow Jesus in obedience through baptism, proclaiming boldly in front of everyone that Jesus is their Savior and Lord and, because of that, their complete identity is in Christ alone. Kori Holbert, an upcoming 8th grader, was first to be baptized. ^^ Here is Madi Mullen, an upcoming sophomore, getting baptized.
^^This was the perfect way to end #thsmcamp15. It was hot and humid and buggy, but the presence of the Lord was so fresh and real and live-giving that it overcame all of these small first world problems. It was a great celebration of all that God did by the power of His Spirit and the gospel through Camp!
Overall, it was a Spirit-filled, gospel-centered week of camp. And it is no wonder that we saw God sit the Kingdom down all around us. We saw God answer prayers that have been prayer for years now. We saw the faithfulness of God to move on behalf of His people, all for His glory. I can’t stop smiling and laughing and praising the Lord for the abundant harvest that He has brought through #thsmcamp15.
Thank you for all of your prayers and support and love during our time at camp. Join us in praying that God would continue to bring gospel-transformation and give wisdom in how to best steward all that He is stirring in our students and in The Heights Student Ministry as a whole. We are thankful we get to partner with you in ministry to students at The Heights!
This post was written by Mollie Tyler, the Height’s Students Girls Minister. Mollie has been on staff since June 2014 and thanks God constantly for the opportunity to shepherd the flock of girls He has graciously entrusted to her. Some of Mollie’s favorite things are crafting, baking, people, adventures, and seeing the Kingdom advance all around her.