In our August edition of RealTime, we shared some highlights of our junior and teen camps for Jewish children ages 8-15. Now we’re excited to tell some of what happened at our adventure camps for ages 16-18. This year’s adventure camp Bible lessons were based on the book of 1 Peter and centered around the theme, “The Joy of Reaching the Goal.”
In California, 39 campers (including four newcomers!) spent a week house boating on Lake Shasta. Right from the start it was clear that God was present and was actively working in their lives. Toward the end of camp, one of our staff shared part of her story and how the Lord has been with her through both the good and bad times. This resonated with many of our campers and their response showed how much of a family bond they had developed with each other. The week ended with a special worship time and campers sharing what God had done in their lives during camp. By the end of the week, two campers had surrendered their hearts to the Lord for the first time, and nine recommitted their lives to Him.
Meanwhile, our adventure camp programs on the East Coast and in the Midwest joined together for the first time on a wilderness canoe trip on the border of New York and Pennsylvania. We felt it was a great success. At the beginning of the week, all 16 campers (including three first-timers!) were intentional about giving the Lord the week and inviting Him to work in their hearts, regardless of where they were spiritually right then. One of our campers shared how he doesn’t have any other friends who believe in Jesus and how much he looks forward to camp every year as an opportunity to be strengthened and restart in his walk with God. One night at the end of the week, everyone shared stories about what we had seen God do in the last year, and it was a rich time of transparency and acknowledging together who God is. By the end of camp, 12 campers made a clear choice to keep growing in their faith after camp.
Please pray for everyone who participated in Camp Gilgal this summer, that God will protect His work in them as they return to the challenges of daily life and that they will continue to grow in their relationships with Him.