EQUIP Boot Camp 3: JUST THE BEGINNING (Day 8)

Our work in ministry is never complete. Transform Student Ministries will continue establishing and encouraging students in God’s Word as long as He graces us with the opportunity to reach the next generation. It is such an honor to walk alongside these up-and-coming leaders and see the transformation that occurs in their minds and hearts in only eight days. We have seen so much of their wonderful talent and personality during the talent show last night, the way that they are fierce competitors at prison ball, and the joy they bring to the room through their jokes, laughter, and friendship. They are vulnerable, they are honest, they are passionate, and they are brave. We are so thankful for those that the Lord has brought to all three camps this summer!

Our study this summer has primarily taken us to The Beginning. The beginning of this world that we know, the beginning of the human race, the beginning of sin, and the beginning of God’s great plan for redemption.

We have experienced many beginnings this week as well. Many of our campers have learned this week how to study their Bibles for the first time. Some campers have chosen to follow the Lord for the first time! We pray that what they experience at camp will become a seed that will grow and bear fruit throughout the rest of their lives.

This afternoon, as we sang the last song, took photos, exchanged phone numbers, and one by one the cars pulled away, the ministry will become quiet and once again we will close a chapter on EQUIP Boot Camp 2017. Don’t be deceived; while it may feel like the end of something great, it is actually the beginning. We are simply turning the page to next chapter. Even though we are finishing our study in Genesis today, we don’t despair because we know that God has a glorious future written out and has written a story for each of us. We look forward to seeing it unfold through the coming years of walking with Jesus.

Knowing God’s Word is a lifelong process that we have the privilege to glean from anew every day. As we wave goodbye to the campers, please pray with us that they will continue to develop habits that will draw them closer to the Lord.

As we closed with our last main session today, Carlotta and Jeremy challenged us to prepare for hardship as we prepare to go home. Just like the men who built their house on the sand and the rock experienced a storm, so we are guaranteed to experience storms in our life. We could hear thunder rolling and the wind blowing outside while they read passages from the New Testament about being rooted in Christ. Carlotta shared a story of a tree on the property that had been uprooted by a storm. Its lack of roots caused it to be blown over.

We encouraged our students to keep digging in the Word, build their foundation, stand firm. Don’t be like this tree! We spent time before worship praying for those who were paralyzed by fear as they head home, those who are graduating and moving on to the next season, and those who experienced the Lord as their Savior this week! 

 

Now that we’ve sent them off, pray for boldness and resolve to stand firm in the decisions they have made this week. Pray for peace and confidence as they go home to wage war on the enemy, through the power of God’s truth. Pray that God would put others in their lives that they can build discipleship relationships with. Pray that if they are still walking in darkness that God would keep drawing them out. Please keep our staff in your prayers as we begin to prepare for another great year of ministry! 

 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7)

Rooted in Him, 

The Transform Team

We thank you so much for your prayers and support during these past few weeks. Thank you for your interest in our ministry and reading our blog. If you are interested in seeing what happened at EQUIP Boot Camp 3, you can find photos on our Facebook page

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