Senior High


What a day! It has been moving to see how the campers are responding to the truth of the Gospel and desiring to make changes in their lives because of that truth.

It’s also been fun to see how eveyone has been enjoying the snippets of good weather we get. Swimming hasn’t been too prevalent this week (except the first day) but some campers are still out there even with the cooler weather.

Raft Jump

A big part of today’s activities was the dodgeball tournament. Campers got dressed up and had fun whipping playground balls at each other. And I’ll admit, I had fun watching!

Dodgeball

Themed dinners have been the order of the week, and tonight’s theme was Asian food. We used chopsticks to eat, and had a Chinese man (who’s visiting our camp for the week) taught us all how to use them.

Chopsticks

The game tonight was a water relay, which included a bellyflop leg of the race. I pity the people who had to go in the water, as the weather was cold and drizzly, but that’s just how it goes sometimes.

Bellyflop

As I leave you for the night, I’d like to mention the theme of tonight’s chapel. We talked about what it means to be a lukewarm Christian. Lukewarm Christians say they want to follow Christ, but do nothing to work towards that goal. They want to help those in need, but only insofar as it doesn’t cause them any real sacrifice or suffering. Jake Minell challenged the campers and now I’m challenging you to examine your life – where are there places where you aren’t living all out for Christ? Where do you find yourself compromising your holiness for comfort? And what are you going to do about it?

I encourage you to look to the Cross and what Jesus did there. Keep your eyes and heart focused there and you’ll have a harder time being a lukewarm Christian.

– Warren

One of the most encouraging parts of Senior High week is all of the deep conversations that we as staff can have with the campers. I was able to talk with a few of my old campers today (that’s right, I used to be a counselor!) and it was so good to hear how they are looking towards God in their lives outside of camp! I know that these deep conversations are happening all around camp, especially due to the chapel times with Jake Minell. He’s been discussing the issue of suffering in our lives all week, and how the Christian life isn’t marked by constant happy times and perfect circumstances, but rather by a desire to follow God in both the good times and bad.

Jake Speaking

All week, we’re having themed road trip dinners. Yesterday, we went on a culinary road trip to Texas, and tonight, we crossed the border to give our tastebuds a road trip to some Mexican fajitas. Of course, what’s dinner without a little music? Or costumes?

Mexican Night

The highlight of the day came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags. It came in the form of a surprise concert by the band Eleventyseven. The campers loved this new addition to camp. The following two photos are from the concert.

Eleventy Seven

Eleventy Groupies

Have a good night, and don’t forget to give God the glory for His work!

-Warren

One of my favorite aspects of Senior High camp is that everything is insanely busy, but it never feels that way. I can’t believe that this has been only one day, but I’ve never felt rushed either. It’s such a fun week!

This year, we’re revisiting the past during our morning chapels. At camp, we used to have a missionary come every week to discuss missions. This week, we’re having a different missionary come every day to talk about their experiences and the reasons for missions. Eva Brandes shared her passion with us this morning.

Eva

Another thing that we’re bringing back during Senior High week is tubing and water skiing. We don’t have the boat at camp this summer, but this week, Mr. Mades is letting us use his. I loved having the chance to go out in a speedboat again! Tubing today was fantastic because it was quite wavy.

Tubing

Tonight, we played my favorite camp game: Clue. This week, the staff went all out to make their costumes as Disney characters be the best they could be. Characters from Monsters, Inc., Tarzan, Mary Poppins, and the Emperor’s New Groove all made appearances tonight.

Clue

Immediately after playing Clue, we all gathered in the Chalet for a coffeehouse time. We played card and board games, had live music, and of course, we had the chance to get some Turtle Bay Coffee Company espresso. I’ll not complain about a chance to relax and hang out with friends – old and new.

Coffee House

I have just one prayer request for tomorrow: that God’s truth and love would overflow over the barriers that many of these campers have put up.

– Warren

Every year Senior High camp is a little different. Different speakers, games, campers, and staff all contribute to the change. This year, the change is amazing! I can’t remember a senior high camp when the campers got so engaged so early on. Having Jake Minell as a speaker definitely helps. He wasted no time tonight in presenting truth. The theme of this week is not so much the happy, good times that we have on this road trip called life, but rather the bumps, breakdowns, and sufferings that we’ll be going through as followers of Christ. Jake’s ability to speak from recent, personal experiences makes his chapels so much more accessible, too.

Jake Minell

Today’s adventures began with a picnic as cabins. As always, the food was incredible!

A Picnic

The campers are each in a cabin and each cabin is paired with another cabin to form a team. During team time tonight, the cabins chose names, created a cheer/way to introduce their team name, and started working on their AirBand competition. More details to come about that particular event.

Team Thriller

Because of the theme of this week (which has been a theme I’ve been learning in my life this summer) and because of a recent event in my life, I’m going to take a few sentences to write some thoughts about suffering for Christ, and how it is not always pleasant to follow Jesus, but it is always good. I have been looking for a teaching job (outside of camp) since January, and I haven’t had any luck. I prayed that Jesus would be in control, since I knew I would jump on the first opportunity that arose. Since January, I’ve sent my resume to over 45 schools around the world, none of which responded back positively. And every time a rejection came, it was really frustrating and difficult to deal with. But I knew that God’s will is more important than my own, so I chose to wait on God (not an easy thing to do, let me tell you). Just as I was about to despair of getting a job for the fall, I got a call from a principal of a school in Nigeria, offering me a job for this fall. After all the suffering I went through, God was gracious and provided for me! But the suffering needed to be there. In your life, if you are suffering, know that God can use it for good. It’s not always in the way you expect, or with the timing that you desire, but He knows what’s best. Don’t forget that truth!

– Warren