God came through big-time!
You see, I typically am asked to preach either to Adult audiences, or to Grade-School audiences. I’m not sure why, but I tend not to be invited to minister to the “not kids/not adults” High School audience. Though that seems to be changing as of late.
A camp up in Maine (about 3 hours from my home) invited me to be the speaker to approximately 30 High Schoolers at a Snow Camp 3-Day-Event. I was honored, but a little afraid too. But God came through! It was a tremendous time!
One unique aspect of this Christian Camp is that it attracts a number of kids from unchurched homes. The staff tells me that nearly half the kids come from unchurched homes, so they don’t get to hear the gospel very often, if at all. And not only that, but they have a relationship with the State and a handful of the students were from Foster Care homes. It’s quite the Mission Field! Awesome kids!
Before I share photos, I want to highlight a young lady who God really put on my heart. Please pray for her a lot. Here’s the prayer request I sent out, naming her “L” to protect her identity.
Please pray for L, an intelligent, thoughtful, hurting 15-year-old young lady who cried and shared her hurts with me and Pastor Phil. At 15, L has already experienced a lifetime of emotional and physical trauma. Her Mom killed herself because she was being physically abused by her partner. At age 12, L was told that it was her fault that her Grandfather died. She’s currently in a Foster Home, separated from her little sister who she adores. L has cut her own arms on purpose. She’s been hospitalized for suicide. And she wants to know if she can trust Jesus. Wiping tears away, she told me that she wants to be held safe by Jesus, like in my paintings, but wants to know why all this happened to her. She asked if Jesus can love her? She asked if Jesus can stop people from hitting her.
She told me, “You said that I could be adopted by God, but I don’t know if I want to be adopted.” She also said, “You said that God can be my Heavenly Father, but I don’t know if I want a Father.”
My heart is so heavy for L. I don’t cry much, but I want to sob for her.
Please pray for this precious, injured young lady. She needs spiritual, emotional, and medical healing. Please cry out to God on behalf of this girl. Thank you so much and God bless you!
Here are some photos from Snow Camp. Feel free to click on them to enlarge.
In addition to those photos, here are the sketches from the messages I preached (click to enlarge):
Great news: They invited me back next February to be the speaker next year. Praise God!
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