Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Campin' with the Kiddies

Well, I still never really got to get involved in Junior Week. However, Bro. Crumpton did an AMAZING job as always, and the kids made a lot of great decisions.

On Thursday night of junoir camp, Bro. Crumpton told the story of his son, Matthew, who went to be with the Lord on January 15 of this year. The day was also his 15th burthday. The Thrsday night service was very emotional, but the Lord used Matthew's testimony to speak to the hearts of the campers.
The Crumptons are an amazing example to all of us for their faithfulness in the ministry. It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to fellowship with this family.

The Lord blessed. We are excited about what is happening this summer!

Bible Baptist Church
Justin, Tx

Ganado Baptist Church
Ganado, AZ

Trinity Bible Baptist Church
Choctaw, OK

Windsor Hills Baptist Church
Oklahoma City, OK

Liberty Baptist Church
Abilene, TX
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Missin' Out on Campin' Out

This week is our Junior Week. I particularly love junior week, because it is the week that the little munchkins from Windsor Hills come out. This week is particularly special because for the first time kiddos that I have had in the 2 year old Sunday School class (which I have worked in since my freshman year in college) start camp.

There is nothing like watching little 1st and 2nd graders experiencing camp for the first time. When they are so new and fresh, they jump into everything with 100%. They are not encumbered with things like peer pressure and worldliness. They are so open to everything Bro. Crumpton (our AMAZING speaker this week) has to say and they just SOAK UP all the preaching and teaching.

So why I am I missin' out? I have had this slightly "ugly" cough since sometime Friday night. I have taken Robitussin and Mucinex and it just hasn't gotten any better. Today, six days later, I finally went to the doctor. After listening to me cough away just trying to take a deep breath, he sent me for chest X-rays. {X-Rays!?!?! I have NEVER had X-Rays before! Yikes!!} I am slowly developing PNEUMONIA in my right lung. The verdict - some pretty strong antibiotics and basically house arrest.

Well...not quite.

Monday night I went down to supper just to try to see the kids. No hugs...sad. But I got to sit across the table from Lydia who is five years old. She has been coming to camp since she was about 2. She was such a shy little girl back then. She wouldn't even make eye contact. Monday night, she raced up to my table and said, "Miss Holli, I got saved! I got saved on March 15!" It was soooo exciting!

Tonight, I got to go down again! Michelle, who is a missionary's daughter attending camp for the first time, came and told me what GREAT time she is having at camp. She was just radiating that childhood JOY that comes from experiencing things with so much innocence!

I also got to talk to Josh, also a first-timer. His oldest brother is on our camp staff. Josh has said TWENTY-FOUR verses! He is so excited!! The little guy sat there eating his mac-and-cheese, talking to his good buddy, Jason, and studying another verse - all at the same time!

From the little time I have got to spend with the few of them, I can honestly say that this week has already been a HUGE blessing! Even though I am tempted to complain that I am missing everything, I can already see a way God is using it to help me. Only having these short interactions, I only get to hear the kids tell me about the great things that are happening. You see, a lot of times during junior week, as much as I love the little ones, I get frustrated with them, and I forget to see them for the blessings that they are. I fail to remember that I can learn just as much from them during this week as they can learn from me. This week, they are not learning from me - I am not there. But I am DEFINITELY learning from them!! It's like God is giving me short little windows to get something from a child...and I am so thankful!

I will try to get some pictures up later, and probably a real look at what is going on down there from the other girls on camp staff.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

First Week - Complete!

We had a GREAT week this week! There were some really good decisions made by the teens. On Thursday night we had a time of testimony, and the Lord really moved in the hearts of the campers. It was such a blessing to hear the kids tell about how God had used Bro. Dawson to speak to them this week. We had five teenagers accept Christ, two teenagers surrender to full-time Christian service, and many other decisions.

For our ten year anniversary, we are choosing one person each week to honor for their contribution to the camp ministry over the years. This first week, we honored Bro. Tony Keeton. Bro. Keeton has always been available to fill in wherever we may need him at camp. He has been our song leader during this teen week for several years. He is also one of our camp speakers and has stepped in when speakers have been unable to make it. His family has been such a blessing to us over the years, and we are so thankful for Bro. Keeton's dedication to Windsor in the Wilds.

As the week comes to a close we are always sad to see the campers leave, but we are so excited for them to take the things God has given them back home to their churches. We can't wait for them to come back next summer! Many of our campers have been coming for so many years we view them as family. We love them all!

Teens from Midwestern Baptist Church in Omaha, NE

Teens from Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur, TX

Teens from Bible Baptist Church in Justin, TX

Teens from Windsor Hills Baptist Church in OKC, OK

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Teen Week

This is our first week of camp!

I missed the first 2 days, because I was in Israel and Spain. I got home on Tuesday night around midnight.

Bro. Rick Dawson is our speaker and he is doing a great job as he always does. There are five churches here this week and we are serving over 110 each meal. The churches are Windsor Hills Baptist Church from Oklahoma City, OK; Immanuel Baptist Church from Decatur, TX; Bible Baptist Church from Justin, TX; Trinity Bible Baptist Church from Choctaw, OK; and Midwestern Baptist Church from Omaha, NE.

There are teenage boys participating in the Preacher Boy Contest today. Praise the Lord for the big number!

I'll add some pictures later!

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