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Youth Camp in Taos, NM.
by Dusty Brewer, youth pastor on June 27th, 2011

Seeing God move never gets old.

Seeing students and adults respond to God is at times indescribable.

A week ago a group of students and adults from our church returned from a week in Taos, NM where we gathered with other churches around Texas for youth camp. Youth camp is always a blast. In Taos, many of our students went white water rafting, horseback riding, and hiking. There were lots of laughs and lots of fun. But much more importantly youth camp was an opportunity for our students to disconnect from the busyness of life as well as the common distractions of the world to focus on connecting with the Father.

As camp unfolded, it was amazing to watch over the course of the week as student after student had their hearts drawn nearer to Jesus. Our final night was the most powerful. On Thursday night we had an extended time for praise and worship followed by a really meaningful time of communion. During this time, several of our students prayed to receive Christ. One of those students was one of our 7th grade guys. He wrote the following text to his mom at 12:30am that night.

“Yesterday i wasnt a christian … right now i am a christian … At 9:05 on June 16th 2011 I asked God and jesus if he would be my savior and they responded … I have never raised my hands to god while i was singing a song about him … I have never cried to God while i was singing a song to him Tonight i joyfully raised my hands up and i started crying with tears of joy … God had answered me and finally made me feel his faith, power, grace, hope, and most importantly HIS LOVE !!! MY LEGS WERE shaking and my hands were sweating and my arms were shivering and about 15 minutes later i went up to the stage and i sat before the singers and i prayed to god and i told god how thankful i was for him excepting me and wanting me as one of his glorious shining soldiers.. I love god and i never want to be apart from him.. i love him with all my heart he made me love him more than anyone ive EVER loved before EVER!!! i had a communion and i still hate grape juice but i draink it for the father !!! Today satan has grown weaker and the angels are rejoicing by gods side that they have a new recruit !!!”

As a youth pastor, I can’t tell you how proud I am to watch students respond to God’s calling on their lives. Whether that is to become a Christian or to live their lives daily under the authority and leadership of the Holy Spirit. When students build their lives upon the foundation of Jesus and you see it bear itself out in transformation and the daily decisions and commitments of life, it is an unbelievable experience.

It never gets old!

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Keith Tooley - June 28th, 2011 at 2:41 PM

It was at a youth camp when I was in the 8th grade that I believed in Jesus Christ and received him as my Lord and Savior. That was back in the days where they asked us to come to the front of the sanctuary if we were ready to make that decision. I did not know what that fully meant at the time, but the experience did change my life. I started reading my bible, praying and talking about Jesus - on my own - for the first time in my life.

So I really appreciate that you and this church make youth camps and retreats a priority. God still uses these events to change lives. Keep up the good Kingdom work!
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