For those of you who are unaware, we do Sunday mornings a little differently here at K-West. For starters, we actually treat Tuesdays as our Kamp Sundays, meaning that our coffee cake, our fried chicken, our church service, and our overall day of rest takes place a little off schedule from every other Kanakuk Kamp. And though this may seem odd to some, if you belong to the K-West family, you quickly realize that Tuesdays are easily the most highly anticipated day of the week.
When asked why this is so, many Kampers would probably answer with the fact that we get to sleep in a little later, eat a little more heartily, and relax a little longer, all of which are wonderful characteristics of Tuesday. However, when pressed, the majority of Kampers would undoubtedly respond to this question with the assertion that we get to have church on this day. And church at Kamp is wonderful thing.
After we eat our fill of coffee cake, Kampers, counselors, and staff alike all head down to the center of Kamp to worship our Lord and Savior and receive a message on how we can pursue Him more fervently. Today is an exceptionally special Tuesday because the sermon is over discipleship “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus could have said anything to the circle of his closest followers in the moments leading up to his ascension. But he chose to speak on discipleship. He chose to charge his devout following with the task of sharing the sweetness of the gospel with any and all they encountered. He chose to leave them with the often intimidating opportunity to seek out the broken, the weary, the weak, and to refresh them with the water of salvation.
Here at K-West, we have the honor of charging 12-14 year olds with that same opportunity. We get to challenge them to seek out believers who are a little older, a little wiser, and a little more experienced, and to learn from and be discipled by them. We do this in the hopes that, when these middle school kids have grown and walked closely with Jesus for several years, they will then turn around and seek out other, younger kids that reflect who they once were and pour into them in the same way.
As believers, that is what we are called to. May we not forget our most important mission. May we not forget how grateful we are for the opportunity to carry on that torch of discipleship 2,000 years after it was first passed.