We are in full activity mode today as it is the first full day at camp. We started the morning off with a group devotional in which we discussed God’s presence. The campers were challenged with looking and listening for times in which they feel, hear, notice or see God.
Following breakfast we had the opportunity to go to Chapel to worship and hear a sermon by guest spearker, Mark Poppen from Western Theological Seminary. The sermon focused on the fact that God is first and the importance of serving others and thinking of others before one’s self.
Following the Chapel worship and service we did some team building in which the campers had to work together, lead each other, communicate, and develop a plan in order to accomplish the goals. Although this was difficult for the group at first, they began to work as a team and were able to accomplish the activities that many of them initially though were impossible.
Next we moved on to the big moment of the day. The HORSES!!! Again, the common theme from the day was the concept of God first and others second. In this case the campers were learning about the importance of taking care of your horse before thinking about them riding the horses. They learned how to manage their bodies when around horses (always walking, calm voices, listening) as well as how to groom, saddle, and some basic riding (how to mount/dismount, turn, and stop).
Last, the boys are really starting to connect and enjoy what they are learning. Although we have had some minor distractions and behavior, they are already growing and learning. Today, the reoccurring lesson of putting God first and other people or animals second, was well received by the group and we are already seeing changes in attitude and behavior. God is great!
Ephesians 3:15 God is “the creator of everything in heaven and earth”
Deuteronomy 4:29 “If from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul”