All Good Things Come to an End... Yet, GREAT Things are Just Beginning!

Adventure Camp 2018 has just ended, and as this blog entry is being edited and posted the last few cars are leaving Tel Hai Camp. Our staff are praising God for all the good things that happened this week, while the campers are fast asleep before mom and dad are at the first red light. So we write this blog as a farewell letter to our campers.

Dear Campers, 

On behalf of the staff, counselors, volunteers and supporters of Tel Hai Camp, THANK YOU for choosing to be with us this week. Please believe us when we say it will not be the same around here without you. Our heart's prayer is that you not only had a great time at camp, made wonderful memories, and made new friends; but we pray that you have heard and responded to the CALL OF GOD! We will remember all of you always. For those of you who asked Jesus into your heart this week, and those who reaffirmed that commitment we praise God that we will get to spend all of eternity with you. We pray that you never forget the absolute truth that Mr. Ethan taught you in chapel each day. In case you forget, here are the WORD UP(s)! for our five days:

Day 1: God is Calling People (John 1:12)

Day 2: God Solved the Sin Problem (1 Peter 3:18a)

Day 3: God's Call is Forever! (John 6:37)

Day 4: God's Call is Irresistible (2 Chronicles 20:6)

Day 5: God Will Never Let You Go! (Romans 8:30)

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Our heart's desire is that you will take what you have learned this week and continue to live it out in every area of your life. At home, with your friends, in your school, and on into your adult years. Remember to spend time reading the Bible everyday. Take time to pray and seek God. He will show himself to you as you spend time with him. If you are able, find a church that you can go to and join. Remember our theme verse of 2 Timothy 1:9 - God has saved you and called you to a holy life..." This is because God loves you and values you. God's grace is always for you and always will be. 

Please know that as we have prayed for you this week, we will continue to pray for each of you throughout the school year too. We know that God will put you on our hearts and minds at just the right moment, and when he does, know that we will say your name and ask God to be with you and bless you. Adventure Camp 2018 may be over, yet the adventure of living a life for Jesus is just beginning. Continue to say yes to Jesus wherever and whenever he calls out to you. You will not regret it! Jesus is the rock of your salvation, and he is the mountain that stands by you. When everything around you is sinking sand, remember that Christ is the solid rock on which you can stand. Until next year, may God Bless you and keep you in his everlasting love.

Love in Christ,

The Adventure Camp Staff & Counselors

P.S. - Parents, THANK YOU for trusting us and blessing us with your children this week! 

P.P.S. - We do have some lost and found items. If you are missing something, please call the office and we will let you know if it is here.

 

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The Adventure is Irresistible

Day four, Hawaiian Day, of Adventure Camp is winding down. As we prepare to sleep one last night in the peaceful setting of Tel Hai Camp we have been reminded that God's Call for each and every person's heart is irresistible. Today's adventures began with a lively challenge of tug-o-war, cabin versus cabin. The gals of Goshen proved themselves to be the strongest campers in camp. The final round of our tug-o-war challenge was campers versus counselors. The outcome of that round is that even though the campers are many, the counselors are strong. The counselors being strong and triumphing over the campers illustrated the idea that when God's call is truly heard, it is irresistible. Mr. Ethan further illustrated this idea with a magnet and a wand, showing the campers that when a magnet comes near the right kind of surface it is automatically drawn together. So it is with God and his word, when our hearts come near to the truth of God and his love for us, we are drawn close to Him and he is irresistible. It is difficult to resist the pull of God just like it is hard for a magnet to resist being attracted to a magnetic surface. Today's WORD UP! was "God's Call is Irresistible". The one person Mr. Ethan talked about from the Bible to illustrate this idea was the story of Saul becoming Paul in Acts 9. As Saul was living in sin, God called out to him and changed his life in an amazing way. Because of the change in Paul's heart he went on to tell about Jesus and live a very different life. This evening Mr. Ethan further explained that by answering God's call Paul became gentle and humble, patient and kind (Ephesians 4:1-3). In the end the campers were challenged with questions of how they care for others, treat their siblings, and treat others. Does the Call of God in their life show how great God is? Today's theme verse was from 2 Chronicles 20:6 which says:

"Lord, the God our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. power and might are in your hand, and no once can withstand you." 

Jesus' work on the cross for our sins is the only way we are saved. Believing in what Christ did for us is the only thing that makes us great. When Jesus died on the cross he showed us how valuable each person is, even in their struggles. The love God has for every person is IRRESISTIBLE! Have you, will you, accept it?

Besides being drawn closer into the love of God and his call for our lives, today was spent enjoying more time in our elective classes, creating one more craft project, making ice cream in concoctions class, trying one more time to conquer the difficult route on the climbing wall, and playing water baseball in swimming games. Everywhere you walked you heard the sound of kids laughing, playing, and enjoying the outdoors of camp and letting us know they saw one more turtle at the lake!  We have enjoyed being with each camper this week and seeing God work in their hearts in very specific ways. There is still one more day of adventures to experience and we pray for God's strength and encouragement to help us take a hold of every opportunity to know Him more. May God have all the glory! 

 

Adventure Camp Day 3 - We are 'Clued In'

Day 3 - Hump Day - is done. The week of Adventure Camp is going quickly by. They do say that time flies when you are having fun! Today we had loads of fun! Today was crazy sock day here at camp and we all started the day donning our craziest pair of socks. (see the pictures below). The adventures of the rest of the day had some of us exploding egg rockets in concoctions class, to having a kayak race during boating class. Arts and crafts got a little crazy doing tie-dye, while all campers, 10 and older went flying high on our new Giant Swing! Our day also included mastering the motions to our songs, while learning how to look up verses in our Bible. We ended today with a giant camp game of Clue, adapted from the board game by the same name. The campers had to solve the mystery of who kidnapped Mr. Bruce's mascot - Colin. Unfortunately no team was able to solve the mystery completely, but it was an adventure trying to figure it out. The campers and staff had a lot of fun!

In chapel though, the clues of how to know Jesus and receive salvation are being shared clearly. Today's Bible lessons from Mr. Ethan emphasized different ways that God calls individuals to know Him. The four different ways that we mainly discussed is that God calls through his word, through conversation with others, through our questions and curiosity, and by conviction of sin. In all these ways God gives a desire to an individual to want to know him. When we have that desire we need to respond and accept the call of God by receiving Jesus as our Savior. When we respond, God will never turn us away. The WORD UP for today was "God's Call is Forever!" The main text of our lesson came from Matthew 22, the parable of the Wedding Banquet. In the parable of the wedding banquet God provided garments for the man to attend the wedding but the man refused to take the garments. Likewise today, God has provided salvation through Jesus Christ and we must receive this salvation to be with God in Heaven. Mr. Ethan explained that we have all been invited to be with Jesus and we must respond and be clothed with God's salvation. Our theme verse for today came from John 6:37 which says:

"All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away."

In less then 48 hours the campers will be driving away from Tel Hai Adventure Camp 2018. Yet, our fervent prayer even as they sleep tonight is that the Holy Spirit is calling them closer to the Lord and reminding them that "God's call is Forever!". May each camper hear and heed the call of God! 

 

 

Adventure Camp - A Review of Day #2

It is the end of our first full day of camp and everyone young and old is glad to see their pillows and sleeping bags. It has been a very full and fun second day of camp. Today was the first day of elective classes. With a stroll around the camp we saw campers enjoying the challenge of solving problems on the Challenge Course, campers learning how to groom  a horse, shoot a bow and arrow, aim a BB gun properly, make silly slime and even reach new heights on the climbing wall. Campers in the Challenge Course and Climbing Wall elective classes enjoyed a ride down the zip line too. During free time campers took advantage of the beautiful sunny weather by boating on the lake, swimming in the pool, and playing the ever popular camp game of Gaga. This evening's activity time had the campers enjoying mini-golf, a wagon ride, and a night swim at the pool. There is no time to waste at camp, there is too much fun to be had!

Today's Bible lesson centered around the idea that God has solved the sin problem through Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. When we believe in Jesus it is as though we have our hand stamped and we have access to all that Jesus has for us in the Kingdom of Heaven. Without the stamp of Faith in Jesus, we are not able to be a part of God's Family. By believing in Jesus and his work on the Cross we can know that sin has been conquered. The mission of solving the sin problem was accomplished in and through Jesus. Today's WORD UP is "God Solved the Sin Problem". The emphasis of today's lesson came from Roman's 3:10-12; 23-25. Our theme verse was from 1 Peter 3:18a which says:

"For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God"

Our prayer for your camper tonight is that they will say 'yes' to Jesus and receive all that he has for them through his eternal word. We are praying eagerly for each camper to receive Jesus as their Savior or to know Him even more this week at camp and always in their future. For now, we are saying "Good Night" and we look forward to new adventures tomorrow!

Adventure Camp - Day 1

Adventure Camp day one is just about over. The campers have returned to their cabins and are getting ready for bed. They may not be tired, yet. However, we certainly kept them active today and gave them some adventure to start the week off well. Today's events included reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones as we enjoyed time on the boats, swimming, mini-golf, Gaga, 9 square in the air, and many more activities. Each of the cabins spent time tonight making a banner to hang on their cabins for the week, while we took turns riding the train that came into camp! A train you wonder, yes, a train. A local gentleman who has a model train you can ride, kindly brought it to camp tonight and gave rides to all the kids - young and old! We ended our night with a crazy running game called "Dumping Ground" to use up our energy!

Today in Bible time our Bible teacher Ethan, introduced the theme of the week (Call of God) by encouraging the campers to follow God not because it's about rules.  But following God is knowing God's purpose and grace for each person. This evening, Ethan shared about the story of Levi from Mark 2:13-17. Levi was a sinner and yet God still called Levi to follow Him. Because when anyone hears God's call they can become a child of God. The story of Levi emphasizes our WORD UP! for the day which is "Jesus' Followers are God's Children". To become God's child we must place our faith in Jesus and trust him. Our theme verse for today comes from the Gospel of John 1:12 which says:

"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."

Day one of Adventure Camp was a great start to the week. We are looking forward to many more adventures as we begin our elective classes tomorrow and learn more about people from the Bible who heard and responded to the "Call of God"!

Getting Ready...

Tomorrow is the day! Adventure Camp 2018 begins and we are ready to meet the many campers who will be coming to spend the week with us! Know this, we have been praying, preparing, and praying some more for each one of the campers as you pack and make your way here. We are excited and filled with great expectation of what God is going to do in each heart this week at camp. Last night and today we have spent time together as counselors and staff getting to know one another, reviewing the theme and Bible lessons, and preparing for the elective classes. (Check out some of the pictures below of the counselors in the team building activities.) Our Bible teacher, Ethan Prouse, spent some time with us tonight encouraging us from God's word; reminding us that it is God's grace that works in and through us, and it is God's grace that calls each of us to himself. That is our united prayer that each of the campers will hear the Call of God this week and come to know the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are hoping and praying that each camper will love being at camp this week, yet more importantly that each camper will come to adore Christ this week. Our theme verse this week comes from 2 Timothy 1:9 which says: 

"He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,"

In just a few hours the adventure of hearing, listening, and knowing the Call of God will begin. We are ready! We hope you are too! We'll see you in the morning.

Less Then 48 Hours Away!

It is almost here ! Adventure Camp will be starting in less then 48 hours. This evening we are welcoming into camp the counselors and volunteers who will be helping to make it a great week for your camper. Together we are praying for your child and for this coming week to be full of fun, fellowship, great memories and a time of meeting Jesus for the first time or growing deeper in  relationship with Him. Our theme this year is "Call of God" and in the upcoming week we will be learning to hear and know the call of God through the stories of people from the Bible. Stay tuned each day for a summary of our lessons and activities! We hope you are as excited as we are for Monday morning to get here! Don't forget to to check your packing list and be sure to bring everything you need for the week like your Bible, flashlight, clothes, toiletries, and oh yes, stuff to participate in our daily themes. In case you forgot here is a list of our theme dress-up each day: Tuesday - Hat Day, Wednesday - Wacky Sock Day, Thursday - Hawaiian Day, Friday - Tie Dye Day. Most importantly be sure to pack your sense of adventure because after all this is Tel Hai Adventure Camp - and you never know what new thing will come your way! 

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