This year, we took our high school students to Florida for camp; Florida, Mo.
The week of separating ourselves from the world and digging into God's word proved profitable, as it always does. Between morning devotions, morning and night teaching, Sunday morning preaching, and counseling time, students were exposed to more than thirty hours of God's word over the course of the week.
Hours of time is poured into preparing lessons for camp teaching, and the Lord often stirs things up and changes the focus a bit. That was the case this year, as it has been in year's past. The theme of The Wall, from Nehemiah, dug into the walls that we build to keep the gospel out, breaking down those walls, and rebuilding walls of protection on the sure foundation of Jesus Christ. Through the leading of the Spirit, a large amount of time was spent on the front end of that, breaking apart the gospel, and the entire week ended up having a strong gospel focus. Souls were receptive to the gospel, with multiple students making professions of faith and many others making commitments to follow the Lord in discipleship and to identify, slay and bury the idols that are keeping them from wholly following the Lord.
God proved himself faithful in so many ways! The biggest show of His faithfulness was camp attendance. We have always hovered close to the 20 camper mark. The team prayed that God would break that and bring 20 campers. With the guests that were invited, and the HBF students who attended, God brought 27 souls for our team to minister to for the week. He is amazing! Heston Poyner, guest of Troy Litle and Jackson McGuire said he agreed to go because "Jackson kept bugging him. " He continued to say that he was glad he did because, "the experience was awesome. I got to meet a lot of new people and I got saved!"
We recognize camp as the high point of our ministry year. While we praise God for the fruit from camp, reality is that the student ministry team's work is just beginning. Please join us in prayers of praise and thanksgiving, but also please be diligent in prayer for these students and the team that labors in this field.