Camp Gilgal 2012 Update
Camp Gilgal is a Messianic camp for Jewish children and youth ages 8-18, and is a big part of Jews for Jesus’ ministry to young people. This year is our 22nd summer! From June 24 to July 7, campers ages 8-12 years old came together for camp in California to have loads of fun and grow in their identities as Jewish followers of Messiah. Junior camp in New York, meanwhile, started a week later and took place July 1 to July 14. This year’s junior camp Bible lessons were based out of the books Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, and centered around the theme, “Choose the Way of Life.”
In California, 44 campers (including 11 newcomers!) enjoyed activities such as archery, Tabernacle (Bible lesson and worship), horseback riding, Hebrew and swimming. Almost everyone had memorized two large sections of Scripture during camp. One of our new campers got to see firsthand how God redeems tough circumstances. When he came to camp, he didn’t know anyone, and on the second day had an allergic reaction to face paint and had to go to the doctor. Even as he came back to camp, he was excited and said he can’t wait to come back next year. He was embraced by everyone at camp, his tribe won Tribe of the Year, and by the end of camp he had recommitted his life to Jesus. Another camper shared how all she wants to do is tell the world about Jesus. By the end of camp, nineteen campers rededicated their lives to Yeshua, and two campers surrendered to Him for the first time.
Meanwhile, 33 campers attended junior camp in upstate New York, 11 of them for the first time. Last week they had a sleep-out night on a gorgeous crisp night when everyone slept under the stars with their tribes. The following morning, two-thirds of the camp said they’d seen shooting stars. One camper surrendered his life to the Lord, and we’re praying that God will continue His work in the hearts of all of our campers.
Please pray for campers who attended junior camp both on the West and the East Coasts, that God will protect His work in them as they adjust back to daily life. Also, our teen camp in California is July 15-21, and teen camp in New York is July 15-22. Adventure camp for high schoolers in both California and New York will be August 5-11. Please pray for these campers, that their hearts and minds will be open to receive what the Lord has for them this summer.