Working as the Youth Pastor at Camp is always wonderful, and I look forward to it all year.
But then COVID-19 hit, and everything changed. ☹
I’ve been teaching Kiddos at Camp Living Waters in Danforth, Maine, for nearly a decade, and was scheduled to do so again this summer.
But due to the Governor of Maine’s Covid-19 restrictions, Camp Living Waters had to cancel ALL their Kids’ Camps for the whole summer.
I was heart-broken because, for many of these kids, their week at camp is all the Bible teaching they get all year. These kids NEED the Word and the Love of Jesus, and they won’t get it this summer. (So please do pray for Camp Living Waters and the kiddos who didn’t get to learn about Jesus this summer.)
But then something UNEXPECTED happened. A sweet woman who attends a Church I preach at called the Director of a Christian Camp here in New Hampshire, and recommended me as a Preacher at his camp. And he called me and said he needed somebody, and I JUMPED AT THE CHANCE!!! (Did I mention how much I love reaching kids with the Word of God at Camp???)
I was asked to use my paint-board to preach a 5-part series. I started where I love to start my first time at a venue: The Gospel in Creation (Genesis chapters 1-4).
These messages are very powerful because they’re right from the Scriptures. I believe that kids are very intelligent and can understand Theology if it is explained to them, and that was definitely the case this summer. So many kids reacted so positively to the Word of God and the Gospel Proclamation! And they learned that The Gospel is in ALL of Scripture, not just the New Testament.
Over 50 kids, plus a dozen or so Teen Counselors, attended camp the week I taught there.
And get this!!! Because of the pandemic, nearly all the Camps in the area decided to close. This Christian Camp was one of the only ones that dared open. As a result, lots of kids from unbelieving homes signed up for Christian Camp who otherwise would not have come. These unreached kids heard the Gospel and experienced the Love of Jesus! Because of COVID-19! Soooooo exciting!!!!!
It was a wide-open Mission Field to the unreached!!!
A handful of kids publicly testified to repenting of their sin and trusting in Jesus as their Savior! Praise God!
Many more confessed to not living the Christian life they should and committed to turning from idols in their lives. Please keep these new brothers and sisters in Christ in your prayers, and let’s PRAISE GOD for the tremendous work He’s done!!!
God’s Word is powerful because God is powerful!!!
I have some photos that will also show how God moved at camp this summer. I pray you enjoy these…
I taught a 5-day series called “The Gospel Through Creation” The before and after photos, as well as descriptions, are below:
Please note: I didn’t record the Bible Messages, because I recorded the exact same messages last summer. So they’re already available on YouTube.
If you’d like to see the 5-Part Series on “The Gospel in Creation,” they’re all available at THIS BLOG POST: https://luke-15.org/2020/03/new-videos-the-gospel-in-creation-5-part-bible-series-for-kids-and-adults/.
And below are a bunch of Gospel Magic Tricks I did at Camp. I hope you enjoy those.
The Incredible Changing Bible (with Fire!)
In this video, I perform an object lesson with an unusual “Holy Bible” coloring book to share my testimony of faith in Christ. I also do a fun trick where FIRE comes from the Bible. It gives new meaning to: “Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:29).
If you’d like to share this video with others via email or Social Media, the link is: https://youtu.be/URWg5YHOs-4
Proving God Exists with an Airzooka
In this video I perform an object lesson to teach how we can know God exists. It’s a bit unusual because I use an “airzooka” to do it. Oh, and a sandcastle too.
If you’d like to share this video with others via email or Social Media, the link is: https://youtu.be/vGeMkXlFcTo
Yes, No, Maybe So!
In this video I perform a gospel Magic Trick to illustrate sin, forgiveness, and The Great News.
If you’d like to share this video with others via email or Social Media, the link is: https://youtu.be/qYwQlrdw1AI
The Peculiar Rat Trap
In this video I use a gospel Magic Trick to illustrate what Biblical Faith is. I also answer a common claim of Evolution, demonstrating why it’s false in a visual, memorable way.
If you’d like to share this video with others via email or Social Media, the link is: https://youtu.be/bYMhxt2nbmc
Heaven in a Jar
In this video I use a gospel Magic Trick with a jar and a quarter to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you’d like to share this video with others via email or Social Media, the link is: https://youtu.be/jEI4X8aYkp0
The Chemical Cross
In this video I perform an exciting and colorful object lesson with chemicals to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you’d like to share this video with others via email or Social Media, the link is: https://youtu.be/HpV2Yhe0KUo
I hope this post has encouraged you. God is working in the next generation!!!
Thank you for your partnership, prayers, and financial support, without which we could not be reaching the lost for Jesus Christ!!!
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all for Jesus,
Mark (and family)
P.S. I got introduced to this new camp because someone recommended our ministry to the Camp Director. This is how we’ve been able to work with just about every Church and Camp we know. Someone recommended us. If you know a Church or a Camp that you think would like to have us come and minister, please recommend us to the Pastor, Director, or Missions Head. Thanks so so much!