On Youth Mission week, I had the privilege to be the Rec Leader for the Day Camp. The day before Day Camp started, I met three 13 year olds that would help me in Rec. These three kids were the best kids that I have ever met. They did everything that we asked them to do. They never complained about anything and they repeatedly asked me if there was anything they could improve on. They blessed me so much more than I could ever say!
On the seventh week of camp, I had this one camper in my Bible Study named Eli*. His clothes were too big for him and I noticed every day he didn’t have a Bible. But, he listened very well and he could always answer our questions about the Scripture. On Thursday night, he came downstairs and later told me he asked Jesus to come into his heart. Before Friday’s chapel, I decided to give him a Bible so that he could grow in his relationship with God. When I handed it to him, his face lit up! It’s refreshing to see a kid who is young but so eager to know more about Jesus!
*Name was changed.
One thing that the campers normally get excited about is campfire. One Thursday night, it started to downpour and many campers came up to me in the store asking what was going to happen with the campfire. I didn’t have any answers, but I could see the campers getting quickly discouraged. They decided to hold the campfire in the chapel. It was honestly the best campfire of the summer. The kids worshiped louder than ever and their testimonies were genuine to what God had done in their lives that week. It was awesome to see God’s power prevail though different circumstances.
One Thursday, it was a special time on the mountain. Earlier during the day, Clay and Monica had shared with their campers the gospel. They used the ‘Dirty Heart, Clean Heart’ presentation. In this gospel presentation, they shared how the sins of our life make our lives and hearts dirty and a dirty heart cannot go to heaven or have a relationship with Jesus. As they share, they draw pictures to illustrate their points. They ask the campers to share sins they may have in their hearts and as the campers share these sins, they draw a black mark on the heart. After some time, the heart has many black marks on it. The marks could look like black short hairs and this is what one young man saw as he thought about his sin.
Later that night, this young man came downstairs to proclaim his relationship with Jesus. He realized he had a sinful, dirty heart and he need a Savior. It was a joyous time as Clay talked to him about his decision. After praying with Clay, this camper remarked, “Clay, now my heart isn’t hairy anymore!”
We thought he was so on target! Jesus cleaned up all of his sins and he had no more hairy sins in his heart.