Snapshot of Camp
Mikey - Rustic Warrior Camper
Tell us about yourself
My name is Mikey and I am 13 years old and I am at Grace Adventures Rustic Warrior camp. And this is my first year here.
Why did you want to come to camp for the first time?
I thought that it would be a great place to be able to share my faith with others.
What have you guys been doing this week?
We hang out and have fun while we study the Bible. We have been studying Samson and had a lot of fun doing it. We have had some really cool people come in teach us.
What's the best part about studying the Bible this week?
We have a great time while we learn. It's not like school where we sit at a desk all day and I almost fall asleep.
What was your favorite activity this week?
There is a lot of stuff we do! We went paintballing a couple times, the battle barge, and tubing was really fun.
Did you make any friends this week?
Oh yes! Some of the guys in my tribe are like already brothers to me. It's no question that we will be keeping in contact after camp.
What has been one of the best things about being at camp?
Just being away from electronics. I know that it is kinda weird to hear a teenager say that, but, I mean, when you are caught up in electronics all day every day you are not experiencing the fun of being in nature.
What has God been teaching you this week?
To trust in Him. He will help you do the right thing when you are in situations.
What have you learned about being a Man of God this week?
That you have to sacrifice yourself sometimes in order to do the things that God wants you to do. Like there was a big baseball tournament this weekend, and I play baseball, but it was worth it to miss that and come here.
What would you tell others that are thinking of coming to Rustic Warrior camp?
That it is one of the most fun places to be while you are studying the Bible.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
Pathfinder Interview: Patrick
Who are you?
My name is Patrick. I am from Twin Lakes, MI and I am 16 years old. This is my sixth summer coming to camp at Grace Adventures
Why did you want to come to camp?
I came to Pathfinders to try and get better leadership skills and to try and further my relationship with God. I have been really busy lately and I need to make more time for Jesus.
What keeps you coming back to camp after six years?
I really enjoy coming here. I love all the activities that we get to do and to meet new people. People are my type of thing.
What leadership skills have you learned so far?
The one that we have really been focusing on is communication skills. We have done a lot of activities with it like a Fire Mission where we were in a simulated fire and had work together and communicate well.
What has been your favorite activity so far?
Probably paintball. Paintball is one of my favorites. Besides this year, I have been doing paintball my last five years and have only been shot twice. So I am pretty proud of that.
What have the chapel times been teaching about?
We have been looking at the story of Sampson. It’s a really action packed story. I think it’s really cool and interesting.
What has God been teaching you through these chapels and small groups?
We have been relating the stories a lot to how we act against other peoples actions. We talked about how we should be the better person. Like if there is someone at our school that is not doing the right thing to us or anyone else, that we should be the better person and love our enemies.
What skills will you take home with you?
My communication skills have really changed and I have learned a lot. So I am going to go home and try to incorporate those with my real-life activities and doing stuff with other people. And my relationship with Christ. I am going to try and keep that going just as much as it was here. Even though I am busy, it’s important to make time for him.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
He Never Had a Chance...
My oldest is a beautiful young lady of sixteen. I have always encouraged her to date boys, but not to have an exclusive relationship with a boy. My hope is that the exclusive relationship would happen around the age of twenty-five and it would be the young man whom she marries. Of course, I am a dreamer. But there is always hope.
Not being one to rely solely on hope, I do have a strategy or diabolical plan. Knowing that my daughter is highly desirable, I have chosen to be extremely scary. Now you might picture a scowling face, large gun collection, unruly facial hair, and many friends in law enforcement. But these young men are sneaky, so I must be wily.
Instead the old adage, "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer," directs my scheming. I find the scariest villains seem to be the fairest at first glance with a darkness lurking just below the surface. This is my plan. They will all know me. I am present in their lives; at school, sports, and other usual gatherings. I am friendly; getting to know them. I use my resources to learn their patterns; teachers, parents, and the before mentioned law enforcement.
The plan was working beautifully. A few years back a friend was transporting some of the enemy, I mean boys, in her car. They were talking about girls, which is exactly why I needed a plan. These boys are always talking about girls. The discussion centered around who was available. My daughter's name came up. But they all agreed that she was not eligible, because her dad would not let her date. Victory! While, their assessment of my position was not entirely correct; the plan was working.
For a few years, all was bliss in Dad's world of daughter versus boys. The playing field was tilted to my advantage. A few boys made weak attempts at the wall I had erected around my daughter. But hardly a scratch was made on the surface. Elaborate scheming had elevated me to the position of the stare. All I needed to do was give the stare. A simple look directly into the eyes of an interested boy. The briefest moment was all it took. None could hold the gaze long. For the instant they held my eyes; the darkness beneath the surface was glimpsed. They all turned away, afraid to sleep with both eyes closed.
Alas, the first line of defense was broken. Finally, a boy ignorant of my capability to ruin his life captured my daughter's interest. The second line of defense was now deployed. I had feared this day, but I was not unprepared. It was time for the, Interview!
I am not the only one to use such a device for would be interlopers in a daughter's life. Best practices must always be used in such important matters. Being wise and connected, this particular boy was already on my radar. My daughter was trained well and had informed the enemy that an interview was necessary before a date.
First, I checked to make sure she was even interested. Unfortunately, she was! I pulled out the super secret checklist to see if he would make the grade. Then like any good hunter, I waited for the prey to step into the trap. His number flashed on my cell. Sneaky! I could not use the stare on the phone. But he still set himself up for the pounce. Now he was coming into my lair!
The time was set. My wife and daughter pleaded for mercy. Hah! I can not even spell mercy. It was his choice to choose this doom and so it would be. Searching the wisdom of many fathers before me, I began to finalize the darts and arrows to be thrown in the form of questions. The ideas were numerous, loaded guns, baseball bats, displayed prison records, and many more.
In the end, I went with the unexpected. The appointed time came, during lunch. We sat at opposite ends of the table. He choked down the condemned's last meal. I chewed slowly and deliberately. The stare was in full force. My wife hid behind the wall in the other room, ready to call 911. Finally, he stuttered into his purpose for meeting. I sat and continued to eat, maintaining a calm, calculated demeanor. The sweat beaded on his forehead.
After the pause I began, "I know my daughter is a beautiful young woman with many desirable qualities, you should be interested in her. Therefore, tell me why she should be interested in you!" And with a deft move I pulled the string on the trap and snapped it shut on him. The poor fool sucked in a short gasp, as if punched in the gut. My wife's finger moved towards the phone. He never really had a chance. Everyone knows it is a losing bet to take youth and enthusiasm over age and treachery!
Friday, June 6, 2014
Beginning of a Season
Can One Week Really Change A Life For Eternity?
I have had the privileged of serving in Camp and Retreat ministries for over 32 years. During that time I have worked with some amazing people who were sold out on making a difference in the world. Over the years thousands have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior, been called into full time Christian service or went on to leadership positions in their home, church or businesses.
I have also seen what happens when someone rejects Jesus and is drawn into the ways of the world. We would agree that the world has and is changing. Our young people are being drawn into a virtual world that is not based on biblical truth and experiences. The consequences are a generation of young people and families who refuse to grow up, are not equipped for marriage or parenting, and as a result are not able to pass on the Spiritual Heritage from one generation to the next.
Summer and Family Camps are two ways you can equip your children and strengthen your family to Impact the World With Jesus Christ. We do that by providing a safe, temporary community where trained leaders teach, experience and model God's values and truth in an awesome environment. When was the last time you unplugged from the world to seek, listen and experience God in his creation.
One parent described it this way. "As parents we pray, we love, we discipline, we love some more and then we have to set them free to explore and experience their very own faith journey We are in debt to Grace and its entire staff for coming along side us and challenging our children to live a genuine life of faith."
The joy I have experienced over the years is seeing a young person realize their need for a Savior, watching a college student discover their gifts and begin to understand that God has a specific plan for their life, or a family that takes time to plant seeds through time, memories, teaching and modeling of those truths that they want to pass on from generation to generation. Do you remember what it was like when you said yes to Jesus?
That is what Grace Adventures is all about!
Helping people young and old to know Jesus, to surrender to His perfect will for their lives and to be equipped to tell the story that God has designed specifically for them. Yes, I believe that one week at camp can be used by God to change a life for eternity. Do you know someone or a family that needs a life changing experience?
In His Service,