Summer is fast approaching, and that means the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s Summer Youth Weeks at Fort Caswell are right around the corner.
During these Youth Weeks, the lives of many teenagers are changed, as more than 7,000 young people attending camp each summer are challenged to further their walk with Christ and engage in the work of God’s Kingdom.
I praise the Lord for how He works in the lives of young people each summer through these camps. In 2014 alone, people from 264 churches attended our youth camps, 487 campers professed Christ as Savior! There were also 3,267 campers who rededicated their lives to the Lord and 425 campers who answered God’s call to ministry. Summer Youth Weeks have been life changing for so many campers.
The theme for Youth Weeks this year is “More,” which is based on Ephesians 3:20.
With so many pressures and challenges facing our young people today, we hope they will come away from these weeks realizing that following Christ is so much more exciting than anything we could ever experience on earth.
One way that our campers engage in God’s missions while at camp is to package food that helps alleviate hunger in Haiti.
This food is paid for through offerings given by our campers during these youth weeks. 2015 will be our fifth year of packaging meals for Haiti during Summer Youth Weeks. Not only do these meals provide nourishment to those who receive them, but they also give missionaries an opportunity to share the love of Jesus with these people.
In fact, during a recent mission trip, our youth evangelism and discipleship consultant Merrie Johnson was part of a team that delivered the one millionth meal that had been packaged at Caswell for the people of Haiti through a ministry called the House of Abraham.
While in Haiti, Merrie discovered that a discipleship ministry has developed through the meals delivery in Jacmel, Haiti. The food packaged during the summer helped feed children in the schools as the gospel was presented.
One community saw 26 professions of faith in one presentation of the gospel after the meals were distributed.
Merrie also heard testimonies of how God is working to change this region through this meal ministry. Children have raised their educational scores as a result of receiving consistent nutrition over the past few years, which has assisted their learning.
These Summer Youth Weeks at Caswell are a great opportunity for young people to grow in their relationship with Jesus while sharing His love and compassion to those who are lost and in desperate need.
What a joy it is to see our next generation engaged in service to our Lord!
As summer approaches, please pray that more campers are reached and transformed by the power of Christ.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” – Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)