WOW! With activity classes, Bible studies, Bounce and free time, we sure had a great day! Tonight we engaged in a bit of friendly competition with our last theme night – OSPN: Under The Lights. Campers dressed in athletic wear and put on their game faces to compete in various tournaments around camp. Then everyone cheered on the oldest guy and girl cabins as they faced off against our leadership in ultimate frisbee and flag football. After hitting the showers and getting all dressed up for the awards ceremony, we gathered back together at the Boomerang to celebrate with the champions and have dessert!
Under the light of the moon and the brilliant, Texas stars, the campers are released with their cabins for a very special reflection time. Campers are encouraged in this time to take in the beauty of God’s creation. Campers can use this time to think back over the week and all the lessons they have learned, whether from Bible study, activity class devotional or a hang time. Counselors spend this time praying for campers’ hearts and that barriers to the wonderful news of the gospel will be broken down.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
In these peaceful moments, many campers understand for the first time the Truth that Jesus paid the price for our sins and that it is nothing we do, but what He did that allows us to have life in Him.
Then we gathered back together and campers had an opportunity to share with the rest of camp what they learned and how God transformed their lives this week. It is a humbling time for all as it becomes clear that authentic life change has happened in these campers’ lives that could only have been come about by genuine encounters with Christ. Finally, there was a chance for campers to stand and publicly declare their choice to follow Jesus, and through smiles, tears, jumping, and dancing we welcomed our new brothers and sisters in Christ .
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
What better way to spend a Friday night than under the light of the stars, reflecting on the Light of the world. It sure has been a wonderful week at the Outback!