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June 2016

Bible Reading Plans

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One of our biggest hopes for campers is that they keep pursuing God in faith as they head home from camp. We don’t expect them to always feel the same emotions they felt at camp, but we pray that they will have the same commitment to Christ at home that they did at camp. One of the best ways to do that is to spend time in prayer and time reading the Bible. Our favorite method is for parents and children to read through a plan together. Here are a few Bible reading plans that can get you started:

5 Minutes a Day Plan – This is the easiest plan and in 5 minutes a day you can read one chapter of the New Testament and finish in 1 year

1 Year Chronological Plan – Read through the whole Bible in one year by reading 3 chapters each day

1 Year Blended Plan – Read some of the Old Testament and the New Testament each day and complete the whole Bible in one year

Read New Testament in 90 days – This plan has you read several chapters of the New Testament each day and you can easily finish in 3 months.

To pray, we encourage campers to simply talk with God. Prayer isn’t all about making requests, though that is part of it. It’s also about sharing life with the person who cares the most about you. You can talk to Him about how you feel about things at school, you can ask Him for advice when you’re discouraged, and you can thank Him for the good things happening in your life. The more time you spend with God in prayer, the closer your relationship will be.

Here’s an acronym that we like to use sometimes to help guide our prayer times:

  • A – Adoration – this simply means to praise God or to tell Him what you like about him. Give God some complements!
  • C – Confession – sometimes there are things that get in the way of our relationship with God. It’s important to apologize for those sins and wrong decisions we’ve made.
  • T – Thanksgiving – this is a time to simply thank God for the positive (and even sometimes negative) aspects of our lives. When we follow God, everything has a purpose and we can thank him for that.
  • S – Specific Requests – this is what most people think of when they think of prayer. It’s an important part, but it’s not the only part. In this section simply talk to God about your needs and to ask Him to work in the lives of people you know and around the world.

As always, if you need any guidance or other resource ideas, please feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to help you and your family grow close to God.

Meet our 2016 Summer Staff

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We are now two days into summer camp and are having a great time. Campers are hearing the Bible taught in a relevant way and of course, any week of summer camp is always filled with fun.

We wanted to send you a sheet that includes all of our staff for this summer. We would love it if you would pray for a different one each day, that God would give them strength, that God would work through them and in them, and that they our ministry would be safe and effective this summer.

Thanks so much for joining our team by lifting us up in prayer!

If you would like to download a PDF of these summer staff pictures to print and hang on your wall as a reminder just click the link below:

Download – 2016 Face Sheet Final

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Things We Teach Our Camp Counselors – Part 4

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Unity and Teamwork – The Unsung Heroes of Training

When people think about training for a job they think about all the practical aspects: safety, knowledge, emergency preparedness, etc. However, very often fun, unity, and teamwork is overlooked. Obviously, the first and most obvious parts of training are super important. But if bonding and team building isn’t part of training, somehow the other things seem to fall apart. Team building and bonding during staff training is the glue that holds all the other parts together.

We pay our staff for a whole week before any camper shows up, and we ask them to come a few days early before that week of training just for some fun. We’ll do things such as taking a camping trip to northern Michigan, an Olympic opening ceremony for the first night, sharing testimonies with one another, and our favorite…an all staff Amazing Race all around southwest Michigan!

Throughout the summer we will continue to build unity among our staff by helping them plan trips to area cities, going to a Chicago Fire soccer game, providing weekly worship times, going to church together, and praying together. When people have fun together, they also work and collaborate really well together.

Why is unity important?

To be an example for the campers

In John 17, Jesus prays for his disciples that they will be one (unified) so that the world will know that Jesus is sent by God. This is our prayer for our staff that they may have a love for one another that is obvious to parents and campers that Jesus is real and changes lives. We want their unity to be the best example of the hope, joy, and full life that God has given us.

To improve work quality

We believe that when a team is unified and they like each other, they do their work better. We find that a unified staff has a better emotional maturity and mental maturity to take care of the kids in a fun safe way. They aren’t as distracted as a staff that is thinking about a problem they have with another staff member. Instead, they are enjoying their work, enjoying being with each other, and are happier for the kids.

To help us select better staff in the future

We have found that the best way to recruit staff is by word of mouth. And the best staff tend to be friends with other really good potential staff. It’s kind of a guilt by association, but in reverse. So we find that when we focus on unity during training and during the summer, the best staff are more willing to talk about what a great time they had with their friends. And that in turn, helps us have an even better summer staff each consecutive year. You can never only just focus on the summer in front of you…you have to always think for the future.

There are many other reasons for focusing on unity, but those are a few. But the main thing…

It’s Biblical…and it’s the right thing to do…

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” -Eph 4:1-3