My son Tobias was a Day Camper while my family and I were here this week, and now as a parent and a pastor I am thankful that Camp Gilead is so Bible-centered, Gospel-centered, and Christ-centered. At the end of the first day, when I asked Tobias what his favorite thing was he said, “Swimming, mini-golf, riflery, boating, and dirtboarding.” In other words, everything. Then as he drifted off to sleep he started to sing a song about Jesus that he had learned. It was refreshing to come back to Camp Gilead this week. I realized that the reason that Camp Gilead’s heart is my heart is because it is exactly what I believe Youth Ministry should be: centered around God and His Word while also being a blast.
Teenagers have real questions about God and their relationship with Him. They are not as superficial as we often think they are. Camp Gilead is a place that they learn more about Jesus or hear about Him for the first time. As I think about the 65 years that Camp Gilead has been doing that, 1 Corinthians 15:58 comes to mind: “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” Camp Gilead is a testimony to the truth of that verse!
Pastor Tim Counts
Camp Gilead Camper, Staff Alumni & Speaker