If you have spent any time this last week outside, you may have noticed the sun making an appearance and thoughts of warm, sunny summer days drift into your mind.  Ok, maybe that’s a stretch, but even though it’s March, I’m thinking about summer.  This week we announced to our High School students the details of what could be the best week of their life; Summer Camp.

When I was in my 4th year of college I was invited to a weekend camp and it changed my life.  I had the opportunity to leave my normal distractions in Bellingham and escape for a weekend to Anacortes, encountering God in a way that I didn’t normally experience at home.  Let’s face it, it’s incredibly easy to let our normal weekly stuff get so piled up that God get’s scraped off the top of our plans.  Imagine being able to remove all your worries, all of your responsibilities for a week so that you could meet with God for an entire week.  That’s what we just announced this week to our students, and that is what I can’t wait to experience alongside them this summer.  

We are going to pile into a bus, and head into the heart of Oregon to an oasis in the middle of nowhere.  We don’t have to worry about chores, cooking meals or even washing dishes.  We get to share with High School students about a God that loves them more than they could ever know.  We get to tell them about the King of kings on a property maintained to the highest standards, with food fit for a king and the most amazing staff, all for one purpose; that the students would know Jesus.  All of this is happening away from our normal distractions and temptations with leaders that truly care for them.  We have the best leaders, adult volunteers that take time off of work and use their vacation time to go to camp with High Schoolers.  These leaders stay up late answering questions about faith and commit to being consistent adults in their lives.  This is what camp is all about.

It’s March, and we can’t wait for summer and I hope that you can join me in being excited for this summer and what could easily be the best week of their lives.  I remember taking home the camp flier back in college with no idea the impact that weekend would have on my life.  This week students are taking home their camp flier, getting a glimpse of this summer.

It’s March, and between now and July 12th when that bus pulls out of town, there are many pieces that need to fall into place, but God has a plan for this summer that is bigger than I can imagine.  I would love it if you would join me in praying for that plan.  I would love it if you would join me in praying for our students this week as they take home their camp flier.

Blessings, Chris Cummings