“A Camping We Will
“From the lips of children you have ordained praise.” -Psalm 8:2
of you may remember growing up singing the Barney song “A Camping We Will
Go.” Well, that is what many Rockbridge
County athletes and coaches experienced this summer. Our local athletes and
coaches were impacted by three camp experiences.
summer kicked off with Elijah, Maggie and Ryan heading off to FCA Leadership
Camp in Watermarks VA. This camp equips
athletes to be effective huddle leaders in their schools. One of the most meaningful parts of the camp
is the cross beam each camper is given upon arrival. During the weekend the athlete take notes,
write inspirations, confessions, commitments, prayers and dreams on the cross. On Sunday morning they take a “cross walk” to
the morning worship service. This year,
the weather was not completely cooperative and the “cross walk” was done in the
rain. Instead of discouraging our young
athletes, it inspired them. As one
athlete shared “it was like walking through the tears of Jesus.” I don’t know about you but this encourages me
that God has blessed our FCA with young leaders with a heart for Jesus.
returned from Leadership Camp on Sunday and kicked off our Power Camp on
Monday. Power Camp is for 8 to 13 year
olds. Our high school / college leaders
serve as huddle leaders. It is exciting
to see the enthusiasm of the young athletes as they experience perspiration in
their sport and inspiration in the small group discussions and the chapel
services. At the end of the camp, one
coach said “this is amazing; sign me up for next year!” Two athletes received Jesus as their savior
and eight made re-commitments. God is
The final camp
was the Sports Camp at the University of Richmond. WLU Coach Uhl and I headed to camp. There were so many highlights but the most
impactful is the morning coach’s prayer time.
It starts at 6 am and those 45 minutes goes fast. There are tears, goose bumps and shouts of
praise as the day starts. Virginia is
blessed with coaches who love our Lord.
So the camps
finished and now it’s time to fill out all the reports, clean up the equipment
and put away the extra gear. After the
excitement of camp, this can be mundane….until I take a walk to the mailbox. There I find a thank you note written in
purple marker from Lia, one of our young campers. It melts my heart and encourages my
soul. Her mother included a note of
thanks and shared that FCA camp motivated Lia to continue to study her Bible
and that she was baptized two weeks after camp at her local church. No words can express, only tears of joy!
This is what it
is all about, reaching out to one person at a time with the love of God shown
through the sacrifice of His Son! I pray
that these experiences will be duplicated many times throughout the coming
school year. Pray, Encourage and Reach
Out to someone in your life.