Senior High Camp in the Smokies

July 21, 2023


“If you would have told me six months ago that I would be at a summer Christian camp having asked Christ into my life, I would have said you were crazy!” This was the response of a local high school girl as we were meeting after a camp session on Thursday night. Our YFC group gathered in one of the Wilderness Lodge restaurants sharing stories of what God was doing in our lives throughout the week. It was great to see so many smiles and hear so much laughing while joy-filled tears were streaming down our faces. God was moving!

There were so many amazing moments shared during our time in Sevierville, Tennessee at Student Life camp. We had incredible worship from the Vertical Worship band and powerful messages from Pastor Chris in the mornings and Pastor David Platt in the evenings. Our afternoons were filled with time at the Wilderness waterparks and arcade, where our local students could deepen the new friendships they had just made a few days before. And much like our group meeting on Thursday night, there were countless times where the gospel message came up in conversation, where hearts were being transformed and renewed.

One high school girl named *Sarah, didn’t know anyone coming to camp as this was her first YFC experience. She shared how nervous she was when she showed up Monday morning to leave, but by the end of the first day had bonded with two other girls from another Darke County school. She rededicated her life to Christ during camp and has been committed to daily devotionals since returning a couple weeks ago. She even came to our most recent YFC outing to King’s Island with her two new friends. All three of them were sporting their new camp shirts!

Is the Christian camp experience worthwhile? I’m sure all of these students who went would tell you it absolutely is! The decisions students made at camp are just the beginning. Please pray their relationships with God will be strengthened now that they are back home.

* Names have been changed to maintain confidentiality.

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