At K-Seven we have the privilege of spending 7 days of the year with each of our kampers. We jam-pack each day with activities, parties, classes, talks, and devos from the early morning until late at night! However, we also recognize that changeover day in inevitable, and after a week our kampers will leave Lampe and head back to their familiar towns, schools, and lives for the other 358 days of the year. Therefore, we put a lot of emphasis on teaching kampers how to pursue Christ the same way outside of kamp as they do while they are here.
Each Friday after lunch our kampers participate in a group discussion and teaching time in preparation for leaving kamp. During this time they discuss what it means to be a follower of Christ, and what that looks like outside of kamp. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold new things have come." So what exactly does it mean to be a new creation in Christ?
- You are sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14)
- You are firmly rooted in Christ (Colossians 2:6-7)
- You are secure (Romans 8:38-39)
- You are responsible to tell others (2 Timothy 2:1-2)
- You are ALL IN! (Galatians 2:20)
Also during this time, kampers circle-up with their teepees and discuss some important questions to answer before going home:
- How is it harder to be ALL IN with Jesus outside of kamp?
- How does being a Christ-follower affect everything you do?
- What about your life needs to look different so that you can be the light of the world to others?
After working through each of these questions, kampers are challenged to write down five ways that they are going to grow in their faith before they return to Kanakuk next summer. Some of the goals kampers have come up with so far include sharing Christ with others, reading the Word every day, getting plugged in with a church community at home, finding an accountability partner, and memorizing scripture!
Then, each kamper is given a Kanakuk School Year Devotional. These devotionals are designed to help kampers get in the word daily. Each week is comprised of five days of devos that include scripture reading, prayer, memorization, and short stories to read. We urge them to finish the whole thing and then tell us how they saw God bless their time in the Word next summer!
We want our kampers to know that K-Seven doesn't have to be the only place that they feel close to God. In fact, their relationship with Christ should continue to grow after they leave kamp! We hope that they will take the five goals set and post them somewhere they'll see to be reminded of their commitment to growing closer to Jesus this year.
What goals do you have to grow in your faith this year?