#6: The benefits don’t end (everything is focused on the you that sits in the seat AND walks out the door)
We’ll say it now, and we’ll say it a hundred times more: EQUIP Boot Camp is not about getting an emotional high while being at camp.
That’s not to say that it doesn’t happen. Struggle is inevitable when one leaves a safe environment that is 100% focused on spiritual growth and returns to face everyday life, with its triggers and temptations. But that’s a reality that is never far from the minds of the camp staff.
Because of that, the staff lead students through open discussions about real life situations. They challenge students to make connections and, ultimately, applications from the Bible study to their everyday lives, struggles, and thoughts. It’s not an easy process nor does it happen at once.
There are many goals that are planned and carefully implemented into camp. But the practice of question-asking, and fostering presence of mind and heart is one of the biggest in the bunch. Because that awakened or strengthened skill walks out the door with students, and sticks with them through every step of their walk with the Lord.
In many ways, there is SO much packed into the week of camp that it truly is just the beginning. Whether students are experiencing inductive Bible study for the first time or have been practicing it for years, it’s impossible to walk away from camp without having somewhere to start and the leading to do something. It’s literally impossible to spend that much time in Scripture without the encounter affecting and changing you.
It looks different for different people. Some may be inspired and walk away from camp with big plans and hopes. Others may struggle to see past the hurdles of their current situation. The staff are aware of that, and trust the Lord’s sovereignty to bring any and all fruit in His timing.
That’s part of the big reason why the benefits don’t end: EQUIP Boot Camp ministers to students where they are, and works to balance any resulting expectations with our Lord’s grace which is capable of outweighing every situation (good or bad) that students will find themselves in down the road.
Two of the biggest lessons (and can I just say that there are so many that it’s really hard to restrain the list to just two?!) that I learned at camp are:
— Our actions expose what we truly believe in our hearts.
— Applying the gospel is a moment-by-moment activity.
While diverse, those lessons both point to a single resounding truth: following Christ is a process. It happens on a breath-by-breath, and choice-by-choice level. It’s not something that can or should be “dealt with” in a single summer camp. So, by its very nature, EQUIP Boot Camp has made it their ultimate goal to encourage and instill benefits that perpetuate faithfulness and longsuffering.
This camp is way more than an event; it’s an investment. If you (or students you know) would benefit from a week studying Ephesians in this nurturing environment, don’t wait! Applications are due February 1st (that includes staff applications too).
Joy Knight was a 2014 intern, with degrees in English and Music. She of course loves good books and music, is a minor-league foodie and enjoys the outdoors. She started working fulltime on the Transform staff September 2014, where she seeks opportunities to serve the students and users of Precept through writing and other projects.