We traveled back in time tonight at the Outback! We went all the way to the early Middle Ages for our Medieval Mates and Maidens night, and it was awesome! After having dinner all together, the mates and sheilas split up for separate theme night activities and Club.

The mates started out with an all-out war against the guys on our program staff and leadership team! They were given the task of knocking down the king’s cardboard castle and taking out his foot soldiers. To accomplish this they were given war balls, a water balloon launcher, and water balloons! If one of the campers fell at the hands of a senior counselor, their counselor could revive them by knighting them. It was a lot of fun.

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The girls had a wonderful time singing and dancing together. There were stations set up for them to paint nails, to braid their hair, or to make bracelets. At the end of the night, they all gathered outside and sang worship songs as each cabin sent a paper lantern off into the sky.

Today in Bible study, the memory verse was Colossians 3:5-6:

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.

Tonight the campers were given a chance to confess their sins to one another and put to death the things that were keeping them in darkness. The boys were out at Fireside and got to write down their sins and nail them to a cross. The girls wrote theirs out on the paper lanterns which were later sent off into the sky.

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It is a wonderful thing to watch campers learn how much God loves them. He forgives us, and that is so glorious and mind-blowing. Last week, on Tuesday, one of the paper lanterns was slow to go up, but then it shot into the sky faster than all the others. The counselor of that cabin had been concerned it wouldn’t fly at first. Later one of her girls approached her and said the exact moment she chose to release her grip on her sin was the same moment their paper lantern shot up in the sky. She was so touched by that!

This is often a life-changing night as many campers open their hearts up to the Lord and are vulnerable with each other.

PRAY WITH US!

  1. Please pray that the Lord would use this night to call campers back to Himself, and that campers would continue to be open and honest with each other throughout the rest of the week.
  2. Pray that campers would feel the weight of their sin and would understand the debt that has been paid for them in Christ.
  3. Pray for reflection time tonight, that your campers and the others in their cabin would be transparent with their counselors and with one another and “confess [their] sins to one another” (James 5:16).