The theme of Hopewell Summer Camps this year was “SHOWTIME”, taken from Jn.14: 21B; “. . . My Father will love them, & I will come & show Myself to them.”
Typically, as the week of camp progresses, Jesus “shows” Himself to us more and more via the preached Word and His Spirit’s presence. I asked the assigned speakers to proclaim “the excellencies of Him Who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.” I Pet.2:9 My ache was that Jesus manifest Himself, i.e. “show Himself” to us at camp.
In addition to the many on-site administrative, counseling, and support staff, the Lord sent us a “cavalry” of helpers. With the various staff God gave this year, He caused them all to rise to the occasion of the numerous and various challenges we faced in ministering to young people. It is one of the most beautiful aspects of God’s Kingdom to me—His multi-faceted, gifted people all coming together for one purpose.
As the week progressed, we pursued the campers’ enemies, wielding the Word, prayer, and much personal care upon them. On Friday morning, when we had the campers share what God did in and for them through the week, it made it all worth it. Testimonies, tears, confessions, releases, the love of God abounding among us—this is why I do camp.
My trust is that the Lord will bring understanding to those particular campers at a later time, both directly and through their counselors. A major goal of mine all of these years in conducting camps is that the campers, years down the road of life, will look back at their camp years, and they will be sweet memories to them. So many I have heard from through the decades have said just that.