Wednesday, August 21, 2013

He'd Never Heard

Ryan only came to camp to get out of his house. He didn’t really want to be here, and he certainly didn’t want to hear about Jesus. He had five siblings (from five different fathers) living in the same home with him, and they all got on his nerves. Camp was just a chance to get away from them for a while.

During the first part of the week, Ryan amused himself by pushing against the rules to see how his cabin director would respond. The results were not what he was expecting. Rather than exploding in anger as most adults in his life had done, Ryan’s cabin director, Eli, continued to correct him with patience and love.
So, Ryan pushed harder. This earned him a talk with the Assistant Director and a stern warning, but still no explosion.

Then, one morning during cabin devotions, Eli explained how Jesus died to take away sin. Ryan tried to tune it out, but he had to admit, it was an interesting idea. When other campers starting sharing how Jesus had changed their hearts, Ryan’s chest began thumping loudly. He wondered if he was missing out on something.
Then Eli explained that this salvation was available to anyone who would surrender their life to Christ. The news was overwhelming. Could this be real? he wondered. Is this why Eli is so different? Ryan began sobbing. He’d never heard about a God who loved so much.
The small group gathered around to pray for him, and there in that small huddle, Ryan gave his heart to Jesus and received the free gift of eternal life. He left camp at the end of that week changed forever.

This is what South Mountain Christian Camp is all about, and this is no isolated incident. Stories of young lives that have been changed have been pouring in all summer long, and we give glory and praise to God for each one!

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cries For Mercy

Little Hannah burst into Cabin 1 on the first day of camp bright-eyed and beaming. She loved everything about camp and never stopped smiling. That night, however, things didn’t go so well. At 1:30 am, her cabin director, Rachel, was startled awake by the sound of Hannah screaming, “Help! Help me!” Rachel was there in a flash, offering comfort and reassurance until she fell back asleep.
Hannah suffered from night terrors.

Each day was a repeat of the same. Hannah was as bright and cheerful as ever during the day, but she grew apprehensive and fearful as darkness fell. Despite prayers that the campers would have a peaceful night’s sleep, Rachel was awakened each night by Hannah’s cries for mercy.

Then Wednesday came, and Rachel felt she really needed to emphasize the importance of asking God to be the Lord of your life. That night, back in the cabin after chapel, Hannah asked Rachel to pray with her that Jesus would come and live in her heart. Rachel was overjoyed! They prayed together, and Hannah was transformed. Now she had the living God inside of her!
Rachel gave Hannah her Bible to read that night and pointed out Psalm 63:6-8. That night here were no screams, no cries, and no night terrors. When Rachel awoke the next morning, she found Hannah sleeping peacefully with the open Bible covering her face. The nightmares never returned for the rest of the week!
This is just one example of how God is moving in the hearts and lives of our campers this summer. The powerful truth is that these encounters only happen because caring individuals have made donations to provide camper scholarships for kids like Hannah who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend camp.

As you can see from this chart, our 2013 Scholarship Fund is well short of the total need. If you would like to make an investment in a child's life, you can make a contribution with your credit card through the "Donate" button below, or send a check to South Mountain Christian Camp, PO Box 9, Bostic NC 28018. Be sure to indicate that your donation is for a camper scholarship. A full scholarship for one child is $165, but donations of any amount are deeply appreciated!