It has been a few years since have had the pleasure to participate in kids camp. This is a big ministry of our church and I love being part of it. It is a lot of work, chaotic at times, but makes such an impact in kids lives. A lot of the youth when they share their testimonies before being baptized talk about the impact this camp had on them. Each time I hear that I am reminded that it that all the work is worth it!
So what is kids camp? We load up a bus full of 75 kids and take them to a retreat center on the beach for 5 days. We study God’s word, sing together, do crafts, play sports and let them go in the ocean. We live in a county where the majority are not believers. So for many of this this is a rare opportunity to spend significant time together with other believers. I was so encouraged seeing them all together and knowing what a treasure this time was for them. We slept on mattresses on the floor, ate all together and cleaned toilets together and it was WONDERFUL. The kids love it and I am amazed each year how well it ends up going.
This year we did a new thing and we invited 9 youth from our church to come and be group leaders for each group of kids. It worked really well and it was a huge blessing having these youth there to help us. It also allowed for them to continue to learn more about being involved in kids ministry. What an amazing example of how God was building and equipping his church at all levels.