Day 1. It started early. It ended late. And it was incredible.

 

Our day began bright and early as we began our trek to head to Orange Beach, AL for Beach Camp 2016. 95 people loaded the buses to begin our journey to the ocean. We made a quick pit stop for lunch in Mobile, and arrived at our condos in the late afternoon. 

After a quick bus unload, check-in and dinner, camp began. We fought through the pizza coma and had our first Family Group Gathering. 

This week, students are broken up into Middle School and High School family groups of around 10 people and are paired with two leaders who will help them unpack scripture, the large group teachings, and other material throughout the week. 

After family group, we attended our first Large Group Gathering. We were led in worship by the Stephen Cole band and will sit under Ed Newton as our Camp Pastor this week. 

Before service started, Drew and I(Sarah) sat with other student pastors who have brought their kids to camp as well. We got a chance to hear from Student Life Staff about what they have seen God already do at Orange Beach this summer, and then we were given the opportunity to hear from each other about what we are asking God to do in our ministries and our time at camp. 

 

We want to share that with all of you as well and invite you to pray and petition alongside of us this week and beyond. 

 

We believe that God is continuing to bring death to life in our kids and is setting the Kingdom down among us. It is evident to us that He is doing a work here. I can not put my finger on everything He is doing and I don’t want too. I want no part in controlling it, but with everything I do not want us to miss it. 

 

We have students in so many different life stages, with different gifts and talents and passions. They have different struggles and backgrounds, but we believe they are all here at this camp for such a time as this. I could paint out 90 different stories of 90 different kids and the 90 different places they are in now. But, more than that, I want you to know this. 

 

Our God is meeting them faithfully where they are. He is sitting at their table, tending to their wounds, softening their hearts, breathing in their dead bones and making them alive. It is what He is doing. It sounds crazy, and cheesy, and impossible, but it is true.

 

And that is what we are asking for this week. We are petitioning our good Father to lift scales from our eyes. To bring dead bones to life. To make callings evident. To break the chains of addiction and to give our kids the capacity to be bold and brave enough to walk out of the darkness and into his marvelous light. 

 

Ephesians 3 tells us that God can do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think. We are confident in his power and ability to show his character to our kids and our leaders. 

 

Will you pray alongside us that God makes himself evident to our kids and leaders in such a way that they are changed forever by it? 

 

Our verse for the week is 1 Peter 2:9. It says,

“ But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possessions, that you may proclaim his excellencies of him who called you out of darkness and into marvelous light.” 

 

We’ve started to dive into that this week already, and will continue to as the days go on. It is halfway through day 2 already. I can hardly believe it. 

Our people are loading buses currently to head out to free time at the beach and pool. God has already done awesome things in our morning session, and we are eagerly anticipating all that he will do in the rest of the day. 

 

Check back in the morning to hear from a student and a leader who have already seen God do crazy things in the past 24 hours. 

 

Want to tune into the action? Check out www.studentlife.com and you can experience tonights session with us! 

Sarah Renfro

Student Ministry Associate