What kids learn in a week away at camp is immeasurable, and sometimes even hard to pin point, but no doubt, they come home from their week away, a little bit taller on the inside and the out. So what do we credit for this life transformation? Our campers tell it all.
At the end of the camp week, we give campers an opportunity to share with the rest of camp what God has done or taught them that week. We call this time, "Say So" which comes from Psalm 107:2, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so." In an effort to give you a glimpse of what this time is like, read the spoken words of these Camp Travis campers as they testify about what God revealed to them at camp.
God Loves Me
"I had a hard past year, but coming to camp gave me a light as I saw that God will be there for me. I don't have to give up."
"I am not a very confident person, but I felt God's presence when I got on stage and danced in front of everyone."
"I came to camp thinking to myself that this is my last resort. I was looking for a giant sign, but all I really needed was to recognize the love of God. His love is worth following after. I really do want to re-dedicate my life to Christ."
"This past year has not been a good year. I didn't allow God in my life any more or in my thoughts: it was school and friends and other things. The week started progressing and I started to hear all of the testimonies, messages, and think twices, and then I reached a point where I wanted to call out and have God come back into my life again."
"This week at camp I was coming in confused on how each of us sin daily and yet God forgives us every day. I couldn't really picture that in my mind. Why would he watch out for me? This week I learned that no matter what God will stick with me and watch out for me."
One of my campers was nervous to share about what God had done in his life at campfire, but he found confidence in the Lord to even do so during Say So in front of the entire camp.
God Is Enough
"I learned that I cannot do my life on my own. This week I learned I have to do everything through God and we need to trust in Him."
"I tried to do things by myself for a long time, but this week I learned I need God."
"This week I learned that I shouldn't be other people's person, but God's person. I know that in the past I was timid and let other people make my choices, but this week God changed that."
"I came to camp and I was really excited because I felt a hole in my heart over this past year that I tried to fill with worldly things. This week I learned to fill that hole with God."
"I learned that I need to pour into people and ask God to pour into me"
God is Trustworthy
"This was my first week of camp. I learned that amazing blessings can come from the craziest places"
"The moment I saw my cabin; I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be. The way that different people in our cabin click because of Jesus. I want to glorify God for placing me where I was supposed to be."
"A year and a half ago, I struggled with drugs and substances. This week Christ has put himself in front of me all week. I see that God has a plan for me."
"I took a lot away from this week, but I really want to say that God has a plan for you. No matter where you are, it is going to get better, and God has a plan for you."
"The past few months I have had doubts about Christ and I was nervous about fitting in at camp. I saw him show up in giving people and courage to do things at camp."