This week at the Timbers has been a blast, and we can’t believe that it is almost over! As camp comes to a close after a week of fun memories and experiences, many of our campers have asked, “How do we maintain our relationship with God after camp?”
They come to camp and find themselves free of distractions and constantly being poured into by other campers and staff. Pine Cove is a place of consistent uplifting and encouragement in our relationship with Christ. However when they go back to the real world and constant distractions, how do we encourage them as they continue to grow as Christians?
The good news is that Pine Cove is not just about the one week they are here. A week (or two) at Pine Cove is just to prepare them for life outside of camp. This week our campers have learned about standing against temptation, giving their baggage to God, and fully following His plan for their life. Going home gives them an opportunity to share what they have learned and live it out. Their relationships with God and the growth they experience here at camp don’t have to end just because they go home. They are encouraged to take what they have learned and lived here at camp and continue to dive into knowing Jesus in their lives at home. We encourage our campers to get involved in a church, have a scheduled quiet time, and live in community with one another.
After a week of excitement, close relationships and lots of energy for the Lord, we hope that the campers will take that energy and bring it back home to their friends and family.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
As they go home tomorrow, we pray that our campers carry the spirit of Christ and the power to illuminate the darkness. God wants to use them to transform lives back home. They are a part of God showing his love and light to this broken world. Coming out of an amazing week here at Pine Cove, God wants us all to take our light and excitement for Him embrace it, and carry it home.