We are all enjoying our time together here at the Outback! Today as we continue our Bible study in Colossians about seeking God, many campers are starting to get it! The memory verse for today was:
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
More and more campers are able to recite their daily Bible verses to their counselors each day! We have been talking about how having compassion for the hurting and love for the unloveable is not something that our natural state enables us to do, but that we have the above qualities available to us through Jesus Christ.
We all seem to find ourselves searching for something in this often chaotic world, and it starts when we are young and it stays with us until we are older. Many of us try to fill our emptiness with things of this world that leave us unsatisfied and always searching. It’s not until we run into what really does satisfy that we stop falling back to what does not satisfy us. Only God can truly satisfy our hearts and until we seek and find Him for who He is we will always be searching. Recognizing that God does not want our performance but our hearts, and seeking to live a life resembling Him (like it states in Colossians 3), helps us grow in intimacy with Him.
It just so happens that the theme of seeking snuck into our after dinner activities too! Tonight was our Operation Infiltration (“O.I.”) theme night. It all started when Ma, Pa, and their daughter decided to take over Outback because they were tired of all of the complexity of modern life that was all around camp – like our complete lack of a butter-churning class! The campers were sent on a mission to take back camp by sneaking through the O.I. forest and pretending to be one of The Little House on the Outback drones. As they did this, they had to seek out spies who held the codes they needed to win Outback’s freedom.
The campers ended the night in victory after winning our camp back! They were able to receive what they needed from the spies that were also sneaking around the forest. We’re about to hear more details about the game and hear some funny stories, but you’ll have to ask them Saturday about how they made it through the woods!
Pray with us:
- Pray that your campers open up their hearts and allow God to break down their walls.
- Pray that your campers learn to understand true community in and through Christ with one another.
- Pray that they strive to put on the qualities that God calls us to in Colossians 3:12.