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Praying Parents; Before, During and After Camp SWO

 

 

We are just days away from Epic Summer Camp SWO and we are so excited and expectant to see what God is going to do in the lives or our students. As parents I’m sure it must stink to be left behind as your student gets the opportunity to engage in the incredible adventure that is CAMP! But we at EPIC we thinking of you this week and we have created for you a Prayer Challenge for you.

Here is the Before, During and After camp Prayer Challenge:

Before Camp Epic:

1. Ask God to prepare your Student’s heart for what will happen to him/her at camp.
2. Ask God to reveal to your Student the importance of this week both spiritually and relationally.
3. Feel free to let your Student know that you are praying for them and looking forward to hearing what God does when they return.

During Camp Epic:

1. The key to praying for our Students at camp is according to the schedule.  If we are eating, pray for social walls to come down and new friendships to be made. If we are out on a high adventure excursion pray for the safety and excitement of our students. And finally, if we are in a service, pray that God will hit hard the hearts of our Students. You can view the 2012 SWO schedule here: SWO12 Schedule

2. Pray for our travel both to and from camp – it’s long trip to Andrews, NC and with two buses and two vans full of teenagers it can seem even longer – pray for safe travel but also for patience and wisdom for all our volunteer leaders.

After Camp Epic:

This is perhaps the most crucial time to pray for your Student. Often, students are challenged and recharged with a renewed sense of devotion and love for Christ while at camp. And though these commitments are made, and new levels of spiritual growth are attained at camp, unfortunately, soon after, the ‘mountain top’ experience wears off; and our students can feel as though they are back in the valley. Pray that our students will stay connected to God long after the week of Camp is over. Pray that our students will see and understand that it’s not that the decisions made at camp are changing their lives but rather, changing their direction – and it is a path that continues all their lives – even into school, home and personal lives. Parents, you will play and integral part in helping your student understand more fully what God has done in their lives at Camp SWO!

Pray that Camp Epic will be the means to the end of growing closer to Christ not the end in itself.

Here are some verses for you to pray through:

“All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children’s peace.” Isaiah 54:13
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
“Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’” 1 Peter 5:5“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.” 1 Thessalonians 4:1

-Rob Jr.

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Before We Leave For Camp Tonight

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We will meet in less than 12 hours to leave for Camp!! I can’t believe it’s finally here- I have been super-pumped for this week for a looong time! Summer camps in Student Ministry can be incredible, life changing, spiritually challenging – absolutely life shaking. But…. Camps cans also be dull, spirit-squashing, even provoke the “been there done that” feeling. So how do you know what our experience will be like this summer? It’s all determined by how prepared you are for the week! It all starts long before we set foot on the camp grounds. Think of it like an athlete preparing for the summer Olympics- mountains of prep go into a few days of action.

This is the same concept spiritually, we need to prepare our minds, our hearts, yes, even our suitcases for what God is going to do at Camp. The best way to do this is prayer. I hope you have each been praying and thinking about what God wants to do in your life this week – I sure have. As a tool to go by today, here has been my Pre-Camp Prayers:

FOR STUDENTS
God, I pray that this Camp experience will be unlike any other experience these students have ever had, not simply for the adventures and excitement but for the sake of their relationships with you. I pray you challenge our students to deeper more intimate relationships with you, our creator. I pray not for them to reconnect with you , as though they have been disconnected, but that they will connect with you in a new and fresh way- perhaps they will connect in a deeper way, or in a more creative way. Maybe they will connect with you in a new perspective or better understanding. However you connect with our students this week I pray that their brokeness is evident and that this growth will continue long after Camp has come and gone.

FOR LEADERS
Father, thank you that we have so many leaders willing and able to take a week and give back to you and to our students. Thank you for the gifts and individual personalities that they each bring. God give them understanding, compassion, wisdom and the ability to build new and deeper relationships with our students. Above all, I pray father, that all that they do, say, demonstrate and share will all point back to you this week- challenging the faith of our students.

FOR MYSELF
God, let me lead with wisdom and humility. If Solomon was the wisest person to ever live- give me wisdom just a notch below that. Please allow me to lead with discernment and compassion. And above, give me patience- with the long hours, high relational output and constant outpouring to the students strengthen my spirit and give me patience.

FOR ALL
Thank you for this opportunity, please keep us safe, challenge us, break us and bring us closer together in unity to one another and with You!

Students and parents, I challenge you to take some time to pray for our Camp week today. Prepare your mind and heart for what God will do this week. It’s gonna be Epic….

-Rob