Boot Camp Testimony: A Parent’s Perspective

 

Boot Camp Testimony: A Parent’s Perspective

 

Stephanie and Jackson

Stephanie and Jackson

I was introduced to Precept’s Inductive Bible Study 14 years ago and was just blown away at what God Himself would teach me if I just took the time to meet Him in His Word! This method of study changed my life so much that I couldn’t wait to teach it to my children. I started them with the Discover for Yourself studies when they were younger and was so excited when my oldest was able to attend the youth events. I had heard such wonderful testimonies about Boot Camp from strong Christian leaders in our church and from others I had attended trainings with in Chattanooga at Precept ministry. My husband and I were determined that we would give this blessing to our children- to help establish them in God’s Word through the inductive study method so that they know Truth for themselves and can stand firm in it. This is what we had heard about Boot Camp – this is exactly what they teach! When Jackson turned 13 he began his application process for Boot Camp 2013. He was a little apprehensive at first because he didn’t know anyone else going. My husband and I kept encouraging him gently! As we dropped Jackson off at Precept’s campus, within minutes he had been surrounded by the most wonderful, welcoming group of young men. Each one impressive in their love for God and for each other. Needless to say, Jackson made some wonderful friendships that week as they studied and reasoned through the Scriptures.

Boot Camp class

Boot Camp class

 My husband and I picked Jackson up from camp one week later- and I must say that the child we dropped off was not the child we picked up. My husband and I were amazed at the difference in him! He couldn’t stop talking about the week and all the things that God had shown him in His Word. He was excited about the Word of God! He had spent hours every day for a week pouring through God’s Word and was ready to take what he had learned and apply it! This once apprehensive child turned to us in the car ride home and thanked us for “encouraging” him to go. Since June, he has been walking the walk he talks- he’s not perfect but he strives to be pleasing to the Lord! He has led his younger brother and sister through the Discover for Yourself Covenant class – a leadership skill that he’d never shown before. His confidence in himself and in God’s Word has really brought him out of his shell. I am so thankful for the team at Precept Ministries- for the love they showed my son- the love of Christ and a love for Christ. It was certainly inspiring to Jackson to be discipled by such strong leaders who know God’s Word and are not ashamed to proclaim it and live it! I would strongly encourage you to make sure your child does not miss out on such a precious opportunity! Jackson’s application is already complete for June 2014!

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