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Executive Director Steve Collins reflects on life at Camp and how the ministry makes an impact through Summer Camp, Weekend Retreats, Outdoor Environmental Education, and Challenge Course programs.

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Experiencing Jesus


Last year was rough. Summer Camp was cancelled as the world scrambled to cope with Covid-19. We created virtual camp videos, but it just wasn’t the same. Camp is not something you watch; it’s something you experience.


This year was much better. Even though we had to operate at a limited capacity, we were able to bring 370 kids to camp. They hiked the trails, boated across the lake, climbed the rock wall, and ran across the ballfield. Every day they discussed the Word of God with their cabin directors, and every night they heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every camper had the opportunity to experience fun, experience nature, experience love, and experience God, because camp is about experience.


Take Jessica for example. Life at home had been very difficult for the past year. Her mother suffered from depression and almost never came out of her room. Her father was gone to work, often for days at a time. It was up to Jessica to care for her younger brothers. When groceries ran low, she had to call a friend to drive her to the grocery store. It was too much weight on the shoulders of this young teenager.


But at camp, she and her brothers were able to just enjoy being kids again. Jessica didn’t have to worry about the laundry, the trash, or the next meal. She could relax and experience the love of God manifested through our staff. And it made a difference.


One night after chapel, she surrendered everything to God—all the worry, anxiety, problems, and pain. She gave it all to Him, and the peace of God flooded her soul, renewing her hope and healing her wounded heart.


That’s the type of experience we seek to provide at SMCC. All of the work, all of the prayer, all of the giving is all so that kids can experience Jesus. It’s not about the facilities or even the activities. Jessica will tell you, it's about experiencing the One who loves you most and takes away every burden you carry.


If you would like to partner with us to help kids like Jessica experience the love of God at camp, you can do so through the Donate button below or send your donation to PO Box 9, Bostic NC 28018.





A Free Gift For You


I would love to send you a free, autographed copy of my book, Footsteps of Faith. This ministry autobiography shares some incredible stories of God's hand at work in my life, at South Mountain Christian Camp, and in the lives of our campers. To receive your free copy, place your order through the link below. No purchase is required. Donations are deeply appreciated.



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