So Much More Than Meetings!
Choctaw » My family and I have attended Oklahoma Camp Meeting every year since 1995, staying in a tent since 1996. Camp meeting is likened to a modern-day adaptation of Succoth, or the Feast of Booths, when the Israelites stayed in improvised shelters to commemorate their time in the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land. I like to think of it as a foretaste of heaven!
Every year we meet new people and enjoy fellowship with them throughout the week. I have a group of camp meeting friends that I rarely see at any other time. I probably hug more people that week than I do during the remaining weeks of the year!
The wonderful speakers, as well as the enlightening and spiritually uplifting meetings are a huge and important part of camp meeting, and it wouldn’t be anything more than an extended camping trip without them, but staying on the grounds during the week makes the experience so much richer. Besides being great for the adults who come and attend the meetings and activities, the children have a great time learning more about Jesus, making new friends, and enjoying special activities geared toward the various age groups. Each division has things planned for every day of the week to help keep the children busy.
Last year we met Hilario and Sarvia Monzon and their daughters, Keyla and Anna. They stayed in a tent near ours and we became friends. This year, Hilario came to us and said, “Our daughter Keyla is turning 12 on Thursday and we’ve decided to have a surprise birthday party for her. Come to our tent at 5:30 to celebrate with us!”
A nice little crowd gathered at 5:30 on Thursday, and when Keyla walked up to the tent we began to sing “Happy Birthday” to her. At that age, there might be just a bit of embarrassment mixed in, but I think she enjoyed her little surprise party.
Hilario, Sarvia, and Anna cooked empanadas and all the trimmings for us—they had quite the cooking set-up! They even had a birthday cake and ice cream for Keyla and the guests.
If you haven’t been to Oklahoma Camp Meeting yet, please come! There are RV spots, tent sites, and cabins available. Not only is it a wonderful spiritual high point of the year, enriching and renewing your relationship with Jesus, but you will meet new friends and enjoy great fellowship.