Looking back at the past week and considering the definition of the term ‘explosion’, one could say many detonations occurred and the impact was incredible. ‘Explosion’: a sudden strong force; expression of a strong emotion; a sudden loud noise; a very large increase in the size, or importance of something over a very short period of time. Even in the quietness of camp yesterday as people left, the sounds of children laughing, shouting, playing, singing, praying…these things continue to linger following our Worship Explosion. And for those of you who know, each time I’ve written the word explosion here, I can see Bette leading us with her arms and the whisper and shout of the word ‘explosion’. If you have a camper or staff member in your life, ask them what I’m talking about. And after experiencing these explosions all week, that word now takes on a whole new meaning for me.
Bette Pring and her husband Daren exploded onto the Pagweak scene this week. Bette brought with her an approach to true worship that invited us all to meet God in a deeper more meaningful way. We sat engaged under her spiritual direction as she relayed personal experiences and connected them to Biblical Truth, teaching us various historical and writer’s contexts along the way, allowing for greater understanding. As she prayed for us, we felt and saw the Holy Spirit in action, and through our worship, children grew in their faith and 5 that we know of gave their hearts to Jesus with 3 rededications this week. (I must interject here that during ECO week we also saw 5 children come to the Lord…something I failed to mention in my report from last week.) We also saw one girl, who sat on the fringes most of the week during our praise time, come into the chapel on Friday. What an incredible answer to our prayers! Bette spoke on worship from the aspect of our heart, head, mouth, feet and hands. As staff we were encouraged to follow God’s ways and not His works…that God is waiting to step in (the midst of a mess) and make it beautiful.
During the week, campers enjoyed a music themed experience where rotational activities became music workshops to prepare for the explosion that culminated on Friday afternoon. This week brought a series of Bette’s favorite things as campers earned points. If you can imagine (and you only can if you’ve been in the Parrsboro cabin), there was a day this week during cabin inspection, that for the first time in marked history, it had NO smell. (Micah…it had NO smell.) And the Parrsboro cabin of boys won the overall competition this week!! Speaking of cabin inspection, each day, campers and staff have an allotted time for cabin clean-up with an inspection held at some time in the day.
This week, joining Bette, was her husband Daren. His military background certainly added a depth of precision and shall we say, detail, that had people working to earn the ‘Black Glove Award’. Even on our rainiest of days this summer, following our slip and slide activity, Bette managed to incorporate this too into the cabin inspection and I think it went like this: “Slip and slide and slip and fall and slip and laugh and nope, that’s not gonna stop me from inspecting cabins.” Bless you Bette J LOL.
Theme suppers and activities helped reinforce the worship component for the day. We had a silent supper one evening (aahhh!), and one night we had our hands bound to limit our ability to fully receive and enjoy. That same evening, our bindings were cut as we freed ourselves from the lies and excuses, etc that the Enemy has us caught up in. We burned those ropes at our campfire and prayed with and for each other. We had a simple foot washing ceremony this week as well….such amazing Scriptural things presented in such an easy way that all the children could understand. Thank you Bette!!
Our week ended with 4 young men being baptized in our waters. Choosing camp as a place to identify with Christ and show others their desire to obey him is a strong testimony to the Family we have at camp. Many of these children feel that camp is their Church and family. We praise God for that!! And we praise God for all He has done! Continue to pray for these young men: Nathanael, Dennis, Devin and Anthony. And now, “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” Colossians 3: 12-17