CORRALES, N.M. – The Texico Conference held its second consecutive summer camp on July 1-5, 2019 at Bonita Park Campground in Capitan, N. Mex.
This year, more than 100 teens and kids from around the conference participated in the spiritually uplifting and physically challenging week at Camp Texico. The young people had the opportunity to take part in ziplining, climbing a rock wall, challenge themselves on an obstacle course and high ropes course, play paintball, learn to rappel and much more, all against the beautiful backdrop of the Ruidoso Mountains.
“Summer camp is so important,” said Michael Razon, Camp Texico director and pastor of the Rio Rancho Seventh-day Adventist Church.
“Sure, kids can sleep in and play video games at home, but playing Gaga ball (similar to dodgeball, but in a smaller area), learning how to swim, playing archery tag, earning a leather craft honor, praying with a counselor, giving their heart to Jesus–those are experiences that will be forever blazed in their memories,” said Razon.
Razon also said he does not see Camp Texico as just an opportunity to have fun, but as a wonderful evangelism tool that can lead kids and youth to the feet of Jesus.
The programs, activities and fellowship with campers from different cities has a lasting impact well beyond summer camp.
Since Camp Texico, several pastors have reported that as a result of their camp experience, four campers have been baptized and undoubtedly many more will follow as well. That is the influence of summer camp. As Jonathan, a participant of this year’s camp said, “I don’t know what activities are planned for next year’s camp, but I can’t wait to go back!”
The directors of Camp Texico would like to thank the pastors, parents and local church members who helped to make this year’s camp a success. They went above and beyond by sponsoring campers, driving them to Bonita Park and volunteering their time to serve throughout the week. Praise God for willing hearts!
By Debby Márquez, Communication Director