Sunday, July 19, 2009

high school camp high...or is it lack of sleep?

You know that feeling you get when you are running on empty...with only a few hours of sleep in your "energy bank?" Sometimes you feel euphorically excited...full of energy and enthusiasm. But sit down for a few minutes (like Sunday at church!) and suddenly your eyelids come crashing down as you fight to listen and/or pay attention to whatever it is you are doing.

Sometimes you feel totally depleted ... unable to even talk. That is what is like after a week of high school camp - for camper and staff.

It might have something to do with...

A late night testimony time around the victory circle - hearing about campers sharing what God has done in their life during a week of camp

An even later night (try 2:30 AM!) of staff skits and game shows - called Friday Night Live

The intensity and emotion of watching a DVD called "How Great Is Our God by Louie Giglio" then going to Solo Time - to process the magnitude and glory of the vastness of our Creator.

Sitting with a camper on the hillside by the chapel as he pours out his heart to you about being a Christian during the week and not just on Sundays.

Walking down the river late at night, looking at the stars and being part of Creation and experiencing the majesty of our Creator.

The intensity of playing games at night...late.

A week of emotions, excitement, entertainment, encouragement, eating, and enjoying fellowship with other Christians.

Each camper went home hearing the gospel - though some chose not to accept Christ as their Savior, the seed was planted. Each camper was challenged to walk closely with the One who "breathed stars!"

Kimberly Mallory
Camp Gilead Program Director

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