Young Lives Are Impacted for Eternity at Wewoka Woods
WEWOKA, OKLA. – The theme for this year’s Junior Camp at Wewoka Woods was “Rescue.” A crew of 72 campers and 35 staffers embarked on a special six-day journey to unpack the biblical concept of salvation based on John 3:16, God’s ultimate rescue plan of love. And God indeed was with us at camp! Through the evenings or mornings for worship and during the day for activities ranging from water sports, archery, go-karting, hikes and horseback riding to crafts, God was there.
You can imagine that, by Wednesday night, we had become a family. It was a special night at the lake; we asked if there was anything that came between us and God. If so, then we would write that on a piece of paper and offer it as a “burnt offering” to the Lord. Many of the young ones pondered intently before writing, others requested more paper, yet others wrote down their burdens but had a hard time surrendering the paper to the Lord … but once the first person came forward, it encouraged the entire camp family to join. Tears were shed, songs were sung, prayers were lifted and God’s Spirit moved them to repent from old ways and be saved! A call was made for recommitments and first-time commitments as a public demonstration of faith through baptism. I wish that everyone could have seen what happened next.
With the sun setting over the lake, we closed the evening by singing “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.” Campers began to come forward to take their stand with Jesus. The young people began to appeal to each other to make their decision. In all, 20 young people came forward. At the end of the week, 10 were baptized and four more will be baptized in their home churches.
Thank you to everyone who prayed and/or sponsored a child to be there! Lives are changed for eternity at summer camp.
By Erwin Nanasi