This past Tuesday, the C3 Student Ministry returned from Summer Camp at Camp Eagle, which was west of San Antonio. They had a blast getting to spend four days out in the countryside and away from technology. If you asked the students, you would have a hard time figuring out what activity was the favorite, be it going down a 3000 foot zip line, shooting each other with sponge tipped arrows, rock climbing, swimming in the river, repelling, or trying to find their way out of a massive underground maze. It was definitely four days of jam-packed fun.
As enjoyable as the activities were, the real purpose of camp was for the students to grow in their relationship with the Lord. The students were immersed in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Joshua. They saw God’s faithfulness to His people through Israel's deliverance out of the hands of Pharaoh and the parting of the Red Sea. They saw God’s provision through giving Israel manna in the wilderness. They saw how many rules and regulations were required of them in order for them to follow the covenant God gave to Moses, and they saw how all of those rules -- indeed the purpose of the whole sacrificial system, including the tabernacle itself -- was to point to the coming work of our Lord Jesus. Finally, they saw how powerful God is and how good He is by bringing Israel into the Promised Land and destroying the city of Jericho before their very eyes.
In all, it was a very sweet four days for all involved. The youth grew in their love for the Lord, they built deeper friendships with each other, and they got to shoot each other with arrows!