Yesterday morning in Underground, we learned about the verse in Isaiah 58:11 that says:
The Lord will guide you continually,
giving you water when you are dry
and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like an ever-flowing spring.
The LITs provided a great illustration which built on yesterday’s Skittley Goodness object lesson. They had a jug of Iced Tea, and used that to show what happens when we grow stagnant in our Faith — That’s what happens to water when it doesn’t move and nothing changes. It gets ‘icky.’ That’s what happens to us when we’re not open to receiving God’s goodness. We stay the same, our water gets stagnant, and we turn icky. However, when we make ourselves open to receiving God’s “Skittley Goodness,” God will fill us up. The LITs plunged a garden hose into the jug of Iced Tea and let water run in. It took a minute or two, but the water in the jug began to run clear because it forced the Iced Tea out (into a bucket below, don’t worry — no messes were made). When we stay connected to Jesus we get living water and experience nourishment from God.
Then we looked at the story of the Samaritan Woman at the well in John 4. Jesus offered her living water as well, even though he had been the one to go to her for a literal drink. This was followed by testimonies from 4 of our LITs ~ Hope, Luke, Danielle, and Kenny. I understand that yesterday morning was not the only time that testimonies were heard. The four who shared yesterday morning each talked briefly about how they keep getting refreshed and how they stay tapped into God.
Yesterday evening’s Underground service started with some worship, then went into a more unstructured time of testimonies from kids, and allowed them to share what God is doing in their own lives, and how He revealed Himself to them this week at Camp. They wrapped up with a more energetic set of worship to celebrate the last night of Camp.
I’m including a picture of First Aid Kits, which were given to each one here who has either made a new commitment to follow Christ this week, or who had already made that commitment in their lives. The First Aid Kit represents God’s healing power in their lives. They were hung on the wall in the shape of a Cross, and I think it’s a really powerful visual to show us just how many kids have taken this message seriously! Praise God!
As I sit here writing this to you, I am in the Tuck Shop for the last time this week, and over my head I can hear cheers as the final awards for the week are given out and staff is thanked. Before I headed downstairs, I saw kids hugging their counselors and their new friends they’ve made in their cabins because it’s time to go home. Actually as I type this very paragraph, all I can hear is the sound of chairs being put on top of tables to get ready to do a good sweep and mop of the dining hall floor. Quest is over. But it’s our prayer that the lives of the kids who were here this week have been forever impacted, hopefully in ways we can’t possibly fathom quite yet. We hope that seeds have been sown onto fertile ground where hearts were ready to hear the good news of Jesus, and that life may never be the same. That’s our prayer, and we’d love it if you’d join us in that as well.
So for the end of Quest, here are a few pictures that I managed to scrape together yesterday, between me and our awesome Craft Coordinator Teresa who has been texting me great pictures throughout the last few days.
I spied on the canoers and kayakers. I love the day that the canoers get out into the open water and practice tipping their canoes. I remember that clearly from when I was a camper. It was scary to tip the boat, but it was really good to feel that prepared. I’ve been in canoes in some rougher waters before, and I can’t help but think that part of the reason I wasn’t overly scared is because I was well prepared.
Throughout the week, all the challenges and games counted for points, to be rewarded at the end of the week. Last night the Red Team got to celebrate their win with an ice cream bar AND taking a great big swing at our Piñata.
There will be no blog tomorrow morning as there are no kids here, but we’ll meet again on Monday for the beginning of Blaze!