We made it through our first day/night, and it was a success! Yesterday was a busy one, with the rainstorm, lunch, cabin move-in, swim time and games, campfire dinner, a solo hike and a bonfire. They boys were very tired by the end of the day, and enjoyed the thunderstorm as they settled in for bed in the cabin.
We have seen a lot of the boys begin to open up and talk about goals for themselves and their families. They have demonstrated responsibility, team work and learning to accept others differences. we expect that this will continue with more in depth activities and groups throughout the week.
K.R. showed a lot of leadership yesterday. He was very encouraging and participated well during the “All Aboard Activity” in which all the boys had to stand on a small piece of wood together. K.R. has vocalized his desire for change, and seems to be searching for direction. Please continue to pray that he finds direction in his search for personal change, as well as leadership and mentors from others to develop his skills and strength.
J.O. was the core of the “All Aboard Activity” yesterday. Without J.O., none of the boys would have been able to stand together. This position allowed him to step out of his comfort zone, which is a very difficult thing for young men! Please continue to pray that J.O. will establish a personal relationship with God and his peers during the trip, and that he continues to have fun!
A.D. is our laid back group member. He is very accepting of others and has been very social! He has demonstrated some leadership skills, and is doing great with connecting and encouraging with others. Please pray that God will allow him to further open up and discuss his goals for himself and his family throughout this process.
M.T. is having a blast! He is a very generous young man, always volunteering to help out whenever possible! M.T. prayed over dinner last night, specifically asking for safety of his peers and family. M.T. is seeking out growth opportunities as our youngest group member. Please pray that he stays energized but is able to focus on his personal goals and strength during camp.
J.B. is a very caring and intuitive young man. He has been very helpful during meal times and cabin clean up. J.B. has a great sense of humor, and loves to crack jokes and make others laugh. Please pray that he has the strength and endurance to battle the emotional aspects of camp, and that he continues to vocalize his desire for change.
L.Q. is very creative and thinks out of the box. During our “All Aboard Activity” he discovered a very creative solution to a loop-hole, which allowed each of his group members to complete the activity. L.Q. is a great team player and is taking his time here at camp very seriously. Please continue to pray that he vocalizes his feelings and desires/goals. L.Q. has great things to say…and we want to hear more!
Its been a very fun 24 hours. The staff is energized by our students, and we are looking forward to another fun, hot and active day. Please continue to pray for all of us that we are safe, energized and focused on GOD and what he can do for Remembrance Ranch. We can do ALL things through Jesus Christ……and HE is working in these kids and the staff already. Thanks be to GOD!!!
Just a note…we are having some internet issues, so its difficult to get onto the computer at times.