We finished day 3! Our team started the day off a little tired spiritually and mentally, but a few of us got to pray together to refocus our hearts on Christ, work through various struggles, and encourage one another to remember the reason why we are at camp. Praise God for being so faithful to answer prayers and allow us to be used by Him in the midst of our weaknesses and failures. I was particularly encouraged by the teaching on Psalm 139 from Pastor Matt, one of the seminary students at The Master's Seminary who came to speak for us. It was a great reminder for both the campers and staff that God's presence is with us always and He knows us better than we know ourselves. He is control of all things and we cannot escape from the LORD like Jonah had tried to do. In light of this truth, how are we growing in the fear of God and being held accountable to His word? This led to a time of one-on-one sharing with a camper, who expressed how angry she was about all the evil in the world, including recent shootings, immigration laws, murders, etc. It was a great opportunity to explain to her that none of us are above committing evil because of sin that resides in our hearts and 1 John 3:15 says "Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him." Whenever we fail to show love, it is considered hating others and is essentially the same heart of a murderer. It helped her to see how much sin we personally commit against God and how it was necessary for Christ to take our place though He was sinless. It was a great discussion about the gospel that I'm so thankful for! Please continue to pray for her heart to be softened by the truth, to be convicted of the sin in her life, and continually repent in obedience to God.
In addition to that, I've been thankful for the time at camp, growing relationships with other campers as well as getting to know the Grace staff and gleaning from their wisdom as many of them have been faithfully serving the LORD for many years. Please continue praying for our team, for perseverance with the mosquitos, patience with the campers, and dependence on the Lord these last two days!