Life Changing Summer - September 1, 2016
My anxiety was pretty high as we pulled out of the Allen High School tennis courts parking lot. We had 18+ hours to go with two charter busses and a twelve passenger van filled with 71 kids and leaders from our area, plus some friends from McKinney and Carrolton. I was anxious. After combing through final health forms on the bus about an hour outside of Dallas, I asked Jesus to (metaphorically) take the wheel and lo and behold, we made it!
Stepping off the bus and onto a Young Life property is almost literally like stepping from death to life, (for obvious reasons after trying to sleep on a bus). One girl tweeted, "I feel like when you get to Heaven you will be welcomed the same way you are when you get off the bus at Young Life camp."
Immediately after stepping off the busses, together with the property and YL staff at Carolina Point, and a myriad of volunteers from all over the nation, we fought for our Allen and Lovejoy friends to experience, hear, taste and see the gospel.
We heard the gospel every night at club from our camp speaker. He did an incredible job. We experienced the intimacy and tenderness of Jesus as we processed hard truths like sin and brokenness in cabin time each night. We experienced the excellence of Christ as we walked into a perfectly-set dining hall and ate with each other, family-style, every meal. We experienced the love of Christ as we laughed with the program team all week. We experienced adventure on the longest zip line at any Young Life camp, and chasing each other on go karts and mountain bikes. We saw the beauty of creation from the top of a mountain. We played frisbee golf, had an epic volleyball tournament, competed in pool olympics, paddle boarded, square danced, and even watched fireworks! It was GLORIOUS. Not surprising though, as it was our founder Jim Rayburn that coined the phrase, "It is a sin to bore a kid with the gospel."
The heart-change throughout the course of the week was visible. Walls were broken down, need was recognized and Jesus entered in. Thank you for praying for us and giving financially to help us get there. Because you have prayed and emptied your pockets, we made it there and back and we got to watch our friends choose to step from death to life. What a gift. What a gift that the Lord chooses to use us to help bring his lost sheep home. What a gift that he chooses to use a village. We are so thankful that you are a part of our tribe and for the new life that started at Carolina Point.
Lovejoy Young Life Staff
Young Life in Allen, TX exists to introduce kids to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.