As the summer comes to a close in the next few days, we look back on all that the Lord has done within the gates of K-West and we are grateful! Summer after summer, the Lord continues to use staff in Lampe, MO to elevate the truth of who God is and all that he has done for us. This summer we saw the Lord draw kampers to salvation, we engaged in discipleship, and we laughed. a. lot. From the memories made on the Ropes Course to the ones made on Table Rock Lake, we had a lot of fun. And, in the midst of the blobbing and the games of football, the name of Jesus was proclaimed daily. Yes, Kanakuk is a place for memories to be made and for lots of laughs to be shared, but ultimately, we long for kampers to know God more and know what life in Christ can look like. We long for them to know the gospel. Scripture says we were dead in our sin and needed a savior. On our own, we had no hope of a relationship with God and, in our sinfulness, we deserved death. Yet, God did not leave us in our helplessness to fend for ourselves. Ephesians 2 says, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved … And this is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” The Lord has rescued us and because Jesus paid the price for our sin on the cross, we can be deemed righteous in God’s eyes. And not only did Christ die for us, but he conquered death by resurrecting. Our God is alive and at work! This means we can be in relationship with him here and now on earth and ultimately, we can spend eternity with him. So put your faith in him! Life in Christ doesn't mean an easy life, but it does mean a life filled with purpose, hope, and relationship with the God of the universe. We have done nothing to deserve this or earn God's love, but because of it, when we choose to believe and surrender our lives to Christ, we get to walk in the good works God has prepared for us. We walk in obedience, not to earn Christ’s love, but as a result of the great grace and love Christ has shown us first. And beyond knowing the gospel, we desire to equip kampers to be leaders for the sake of the gospel in their schools, churches, and families. The gospel gives this place purpose, and the Lord used this place purposefully this summer. So, we are grateful.
K-West will miss the joy of having kiddos within its gates for the next few months, but also, we eagerly anticipate all the Lord will do in the coming months in preparation for next summer. The close of terms and of the summer is bittersweet; we will miss kampers in this place, but we are excited for them to take what they have learned back home to their communities. The Word of God has the power to transform and we hope and pray that kampers are taking that home with them through the Verse of the Day talks, the conversations centered around truth with staff, and the many messages that were given. And then, we hope for a ripple effect to ensue as they enter back into their hometowns. May the joy of the gospel ooze from kampers as they leave this place. A way for kampers to stay connected throughout the year is I’m Third Groups. Read more about those in the previous blog (http://bit.ly/2y8ATm0).
To the parents, family members, and friends of kampers at K-West this summer, we thank you! We thank you for entrusting your kids with us and allowing God to use K-West to do his work in their lives. The God that was at work here this summer is the same God that is in all of your hometowns. Our hope is that y’all have gotten to see growth from the 2 weeks your kampers were here and that they shared memory after memory with y’all. Again, we just thank you for all the ways that y’all made kamp possible this summer for your kids. The Lord was abundantly gracious to K-West in opening the eyes of kampers and staff to more of who he is. We are excited to see how the Lord continues to work as the school year begins! All glory be to Christ!