The scent of hotdogs was still lingering in the air as I met with a group of fourteen campers outside the cafeteria to discuss our upcoming baptism service. The campers listened with interest as I explained the significance and meaning of baptism, tossing in a few jokes along the way to keep their attention. These campers had all requested to be baptized that day—a meaningful step in their relationship with God, and I wanted to be sure every individual understood the significance of this decision.
After wrapping up with prayer, I dismissed the campers to rejoin their cabin groups at the ga-ga ball area on the opposite side of the building. Amid the hustle to recreation, I saw Marcus pause and glance over his shoulder toward me. He took another step or two with the group, but then he stopped. I could tell something was on his mind. He walked back toward me and said he had a few questions.
I was expecting the usual questions like, “How long do you hold us under water?” or “Do we still get to swim after the baptism?” Instead, Marcus asked some deep, meaningful questions about faith, forgiveness, and salvation. I was impressed with the complexity of his thoughts.
We talked for a while until Marcus smiled and said, “Thanks Steve. That really helps. I’ll see you at baptism.” Two hours later, Marcus stood before the entire assembly of campers, made a public profession of faith, and was baptized in our pool.
The next week, I got a letter in the mail from Marcus. He had written it within hours of arriving home from camp. In his letter, Marcus described the pain of his past and his relief that Jesus has taken his sin away. He shared how his time at camp really made the Bible come alive to him, and he felt comfortable talking about it for the first time. Then Marcus expressed his desire to share the gospel with others and his hope that the Lord would make him a missionary one day.
It's amazing what God can do in one week of camp. And what an honor it is that He does it through ordinary people like you and me. It takes a whole team of people to put camp together. From program staff to cafeteria workers, housekeeping, maintenance, and financial supporters, each person is an equal part of this ministry. The hotdogs, the ga-ga ball, and, more importantly, the changed lives could never happen without God working through each person in unique ways.
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