Like Trees planted beside the River of Life

Today was sleep-in day. The campers had breakfast at 9:30 a.m., and in place of classes they participated in a prayer walk. The deans set up different stations in the tabernacle each with a Scripture verse to meditate on. At one station, the campers listed their strengths on cedar shingles. At another station, the campers listed what improvements they needed to make in their lives. They wrote this on a leaf made of construction paper, attaching it to a stick with string. In the end, the campers assembled the pieces to make a tree. The cedar shingles—with the lists of each camper’s strengths—made up the trunk. The leaves, hanging from the sticks, displayed the improvements needed. Jeremiah 17:8 says, “He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes, its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” We are the trees and God is the water. God is our care taker. He prunes whatever needs improvement in our lives so that we can continue to grow spiritually strong and firm.

The planned recreation activity was Duck Duck Wham, which turned into a giant slip ‘n slide where everyone tried to outdo each other. Some people managed to slide off the tarp and into the dirt—definitely a sight to see. One of the deans, Steve Tucker, raced his dad in a “who-can-make-it-the-farthest” contest. Everyone had tons of fun getting soaked in soapy water and running around in the sand.

See more photos at the Teen 2 Picasa page.

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