Owens Family Ministry Update – FCA Leadership Camp 2014 Recap!

Thank you to everyone who helped pray and/or financially supported our trip to FCA Leadership camp this summer.  While we were at camp, I (Andy), wrote a daily update for parents and friends to check out.  In this post we included each day’s update so that you can get a sense of what camp was like and how God worked.  Enjoy!

Our Leadership Team
Our Leadership Team

Day 1

Greetings from Campbellsville University! Yesterday, we arrived here with 8 middle and high school students, our teacher sponsor Ms. Napier, and the whole Owens family. This is by far the largest group we have ever taken to camp and so we were super excited to get here and get our students plugged in!

Camp was kicked off with a great time of worship that was followed by the students being introduced to IMG_3168their huddle leaders. These are college age students who are not only going to be leading our students in games, but also small group times and devotions. From the kick off our students were thrown right into an afternoon of games. The best was tube mania where we got to watch several students battle it out tug-o-war style over inner tubes!

After a delicious supper in the dining room it was time for buzz groups. The students were able to attend a variety of classes on issues like dating, purity, defending your faith, evangelism, and leading worship to name a few. I went to the worship class, because a couple of our students went there. While I don’t have any musical gifts at all, it was encouraging to see these students excited and asking questions about how they could be worship leaders!

After buzz groups the students came back to the chapel for the first chapel service at camp. The students were once again led to worship Christ through some amazing music. They were also encouraged through the testimony of a division one softball player and a skit that showed the futility of trying to get to God on our own.

The camp speaker shared with the kids tonight about what it truly means to be All In for Christ. He let the students know the Lord wants all of us for all of Him. Before they can ever serve God they have to be committed to giving their all to Him. It was a great opening message for the students to hear this week. As they begin to get training at camp to impact their schools and communities for Christ they need to be reminded that they must first make sure they are All In in their relationship with Him.

Today is another busy day, so please keep our students in your prayers! God is already working in their lives and we can’t wait to see what he is going to do this week!

Day 2

Day 2 of FCA Leadership Camp has came to a close. While I am completely exhausted as I write this post before heading to bed, I am so very excited about all that God is doing here!

This morning our students were up bright and early for devotional time and calisthenics and a brisk morning run before breakfast. While most probably cringed at the thought of the run, we loved that they were up and ready to go with diving into God’s Word as the first priority of the day!

During the morning our students had a morning chapel session where they were challenged to seek out the voice of God in their lives to see how he is calling them to serve. The speaker did an excellent job of challenging the students to get serious about their time in the Word and prayer so that they will be able to discern the will of God clearly.

Following morning chapel the students had a couple of hours where they were either meeting with their huddle groups discussing the Word or involved in various competition games around the Campbellsville University campus. It was during this time, that myself and the other huddle coaches, sponsors, and leaders gathered for a time of fellowship. We introduced ourselves to one an another and shared about the various FCA things we are doing and how God is working in our schools. It was a huge encouragement to me personally to see how God is moving through FCA and changing the lives of students around the country!

Right before lunch the students gathered back in the chapel for a time of Campus Ministry training. This is where they are trained on how to do our weekly huddles in the school and impact their schools for Christ. As always our goal is to get our huddles more student led and so this is a great time of encouraging and training our Lee County students to do just that.

In the afternoon our students were able to enjoy some free time. Many took naps or showers, but some played basketball and various other activities. Myself and Maeven went to the pool for a swim. She was however very excited to find a couple of our students were going swimming and that the teenagers were going to play with her. So getting pulled around and thrown in the water was a blast for my giggling little 3 year old!

This evening the students were treated to testimonies from two different college basketball players about how God has worked in their lives. Our girls were especially excited to hear from Sarah Hammond who plays basketball for the University of Louisville.

The evening service was once again kicked off with a great time of worship as we sang praises to the Father. Our speaker used the first nine verses of the book of Joshua tonight to challenged our students on three truths about an all in leader. He told them that an All In Leader trusts the promises of God, trusts the presence of God, and is committed to the Word of God. He also encouraged the students that God does not call them because of what they can do, but because of what God can do through them. I have been very encouraged this week at how clear our speaker has been in speaking truth to our students. God promises that the truth of His word will not return void, and I can not wait to see how God is going to use this week’s messages of truth in the lives of our students.

It’s time I head to bed now though, but as we head into day 3 be praying for our students. They will be heading out Saturday afternoon to share their faith with complete strangers. Pray that just like Joshua they will be bold and courageous for Christ!

Day 3

I want to start off with an apology. Due to the late hour I got back to our room from chapel service this update will be a bit more brief than my last two. That being said, I will try to be more thorough when I write my final camp updated tomorrow!

Today was a busy but blessed day. Our students were challenged in chapel this morning to not only listen for the call of God, but to go and make disciples. The speaker challenged them to be leaders that were causing others to follow Christ.

The big event of today was the Faith Building Trip. All week long the students have been receiving training on sharing their faith and being All In for Christ. Today they were able to put that training into action as they went into the streets of Campbellsville and went door to door sharing their faith. As soon as they returned to campus we met them for a time of sharing about all they had experienced. All 8 of our students really enjoyed their time sharing and definitely had to step out of their comfort zones. I challenged them to go back home and to their schools and not wait for opportunities to share Jesus, but to use today’s experience to realize they need to make their own opportunities to share Him.

In this evening’s chapel service the students heard another great message from our speaker Ken Watson. He challenged the students again on what an All In Leader needs to be. Using I Timothy he challenged them that an all leader needs to be willing to flee from certain things, needs to be willing to follow those who will lead them towards Christ, needs to be willing to fight when Satan throws things at them, and an All In Leader must be found faithful. He encouraged them that God will take faithfulness over talent every time. One thing he challenged the students to be is faithful to their role in our local FCA Huddles this school year. This is a challenge that we pray our students will take to heart as we seek to seek LCHS and LCMS changed for Christ!

Please pray for our students as they begin their last day of camp today that God will keep working in their hearts and that they will become All In Leaders for Christ!

Day 4

It’s been a busy past few days, but we are now back home safe and sound in Beattyville after another great year at FCA Leadership Camp! We had a great time and were greatly encouraged by the the training and speaking we heard.

Sunday is the shortest day of camp, but is by far one of the busiest days, if not the busiest day. Students were up bright and early for calisthenics and quiet time. After a quick breakfast the students went to the first chapel service of the day. Their the speaker once again challenged our students to be disciple makers. He challenged them to seek out disciples based on those who have a desire to learn more about Christ and not on looks, popularity, or the things the world looks at.

Following that service the students had a short break to meet one final time with their huddle groups and discuss all they had learned over the course of the weekend. Our students really enjoyed their huddle groups and made some great friends as they dived into the Word together.

After Huddle Groups the students gathered one last time in the chapel for a time of worship and hearing from our main speaker, Ken Watson. Ken gave the students a final challenge to be All In Leaders for Christ. He was very clear in letting them know that being All in for Christ would cost them something. Yet God wants all of them for all of Him.

After chapel our students spent some time saying their good byes before we left to head back to Beattyville. On the way home I spent some time talking with our students about their experiences at camp. I challenged them to not only be All In Leaders for Christ, but also to be stronger bolder leaders in our FCA Huddle this year.

I can honestly say that this is probably one of the best years of FCA Leadership Camp that we have ever been to. We took a great group of kids and heard very clear and challenging messages. I know God is working in the lives of our students. Please pray that they will be open to His leading. Pray they will be fateful to serve Him in their school and huddles. Pray for Erin and I that we will be able to lead and challenge our students to apply all they have learned this week.

God has great plans for our FCA Huddles and we ask you to keep praying!

Final Chapel Service
Final Chapel Service
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