This weekend Erin and I will be taking a van load of our High and Middle School FCA students to Central Kentucky FCA’s annual Weekend of Champions. This Saturday students from all over Kentucky will be heading to Lexington for this event. We are taking 12 local students, for a day full of great speakers, music, competition, and various breakout sessions where the students can learn about subjects that interest them. This is a great outreach where our students are challenged to be leaders in their local huddles and be bold for Christ in their schools. It’s also very much a mini-version of the FCA Leadership Camp we take our students to in the summer. So, if they enjoy this weekend, hopefully our students will want to go to camp too! We are excited to see how God is going to work this Saturday and ask you to be praying for safety as we travel with our students and that they will be challenged to grow in and share their faith!
On Monday night we gathered our students who are on our FCA Leadership team at our house for a time of discipleship and getting ready for this summer’s FCA Leadership Camp. It’s hard to believe but it’s almost time for camp again this year! We are excited to be taking even more students to camp this summer as we currently have 7 who will be going with us.
The camp theme this year is “Relentless” which is taken from Hebrews 10:39, “But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.” (HCSB). This is a great theme for our students as we want them to be relentless in their desire to grow stronger in their relationship with Christ. To help get them ready for this theme and camp we are doing a discipleship program and starting with helping them write and share their testimonies. Last night we spent a lot of time with them going over their testimonies and helping them go into further detail about what Christ has done for them.
One of the big issues we face with taking these students to camp is the cost of the camp. FCA Leadership costs $225 per student to go. Even though this seems expensive the experience and training the students receive to be able to communicate their faith in Christ and be leaders at their school is priceless. In order to pay for our students to go, for my wife and I to go for training, and travel expenses we need to raise around $2,200. One of the things we are doing to raise these funds is going to local churches and letting our students share their testimonies, how leadership camp has impacted them in past years, why they want to go to camp this year, and how they want to be leaders in their school. Through sharing with the churches we hope to be able to raise funds towards camp. Tonight, April 28th we will be sharing in the 7pm service at Bear Track Bible Church, please feel free to come hear our students!
Over the next two months leading up to camp I will be keeping you posted on our fundraising progress. I would like to ask you first and foremost to pray for our students as we get ready to go to camp. Pray that they will grow in our discipleship meetings, pray that God will use camp as a catalyst to for our students to change their schools for Christ and possibly go into full time ministry themselves. Pray for the $2,000 we need to raise for camp this summer. I have no doubt God will supply it, but we covet your prayers that hearts will be burdened to give to our students. Lastly, please pray and see if God would have you help financially with taking our students to camp. Your prayers and help could have a profound impact on our students. Please please pray!