I hate to come back to blogging after being gone for a few weeks with an advertisement, but one of the biggest things we have been doing this summer is taking care of two litters of schnoodle puppies. We were blessed with 11 puppies total, but have two cuties left that are still looking for their forever homes, a little boy and a little girl. Check out our Bluegrass Superdogs Facebook page or our website http://www.bluegrasssuperdogs.com to see if one of these sweet puppies would be a fit for your home!
A little over a week ago I published a post asking for your help in coming up with a new idea for the name and direction of this blog. Good news is that lots of your read this post. Bad news is that i am still waiting for ideas. So please send those ideas in!
I have been trying to do better again about blogging and wanting to write more. The problem that I have is when I started this blog my focus was to do ministry updates and thoughts about various things that I am facing in ministry. A couple of years into this blog though my wife and I started a blog to keep our Prayer and Support partners updated on what is going on the various aspects of ministry with KMM. So, http://www.andyanderin.net has really been doing a lot of what I wanted to do here. So, now I am seeking a new direction for this blog and welcome any thoughts or ideas that you may have. Along with this change in direction I am also considering a new name for this blog? So, what are your thoughts? I wanted to make this into a fun contest and though I can’t offer a big prize, if I choose your idea for a blog idea or blog name, you will win a pizza on me here at The Lee County Recreational Center. So let me hear your thoughts! (serious thoughts only please!!!)
With the whirlwind that was the last day and a half of camp I wasn’t able to to post about what happened due to know time available. However I am happy to tell you that God truly blessed and worked through the lives of our students. On Saturday the students had their big event of the weekend. The one thing that they all love, but are scared to death of at the same time. They went out into Campbellsville, KY on Saturday afternoon on their annual faith trip. On this trip the students take all the training they have received at camp and go out door to door in the surrounding community and share their faith with complete strangers. I personally love when they come back to campus and I get the opportunity to spend time hearing about all their experiences and how exciting it was for them to share their faith. We now ask that you pray that this boldness and excitement will carry on now that they are home and that they will be bold in their home, school, and community here in Lee County.
On Saturday evening the students were put to work in chapel. Our speaker, Mark Cahill, did a talk where the first 20 minutes he gave a talk about various aspects of Christianity and sprinkled in several false teachings. Then for the next hour he asked the students to tell him what of what he said was wrong and find scriptures to prove it. It was great to see our students listen so intently and pull out their Bible searching for answers. It was a challenge that they don’t typically get but rose to the occasion to seek truth in God’s Word!
Sunday was a great wrap up of all the various aspects of camp that our students love. The once again got to spend time praising God through song and prayer. Both of the speakers at camp issued final challenges to the students to be bold in their faith at home and school. Maeven and Judah even got in on the final chapel services as their kids camp sang in front of over 500 FCA students and leaders!
One of my favorite parts of camp is when the students are getting ready to leave, as we watch them say good by to good friends that they met at camp. These are friendships based in a mutual love of Christ and have potential to be life long and life changing relationships.
FCA Leadership Camp 2015 was definitely a huge success. If you helped support us through prayer, finances, or both we thank you so very much. Keep praying that our students will be bold for Christ with all they have learned at camp and will keep striving to grow in their relationship with Him!
Friday started off bright and early for us hear at the 2015 FCA Leadership Camp. Students were all gathered by 7:30 for a time of exercise and prayer to start the day. From there they were able to have both time to go get breakfast and also take time for their personal devotions. It was awesome walking around the campus here at Campbellsville University and see so many of our FCA students alone with their Bible studying God’s Word and spending time praying to Him!
From the quiet time we went to our morning chapel session where we were once again blessed through the praise and worship music. Seeing students who normally are more self conscious about what people think of them openly lifting praises to God is a great thing to be a part of. The morning speaker challenged the students on how the only way to live an Undefeated life is to live for Christ! After the morning chapel service the students spent the next couple of hours either in team competition or in their Huddles doing small group Bible study! Erin and I really enjoyed watching our students compete against each other in dodgeball!
Before lunch the students had a team building session where they were taught about how to share their faith and impact their schools for Christ. Today they will actually be having another team time and get more training that they will be able to put into practice right away. Please be in prayer for our students as they take what they have learned at Camp this week in team training times, chapel services, huddles, and in fellowship with fellow student believers and go out into the local community and do door to door evangelism!
During the afternoon on Friday the students had lots of fun activities to keep them busy. More games were played and our girls especially got into “Tubemania!” One of the best parts of Friday afternoons for the students and families here is free time where you can rest, play basketball and other games, and even take advantage of the large indoor pool. My daughter was thrilled to be able to go swimming with “her teenagers.”
Friday evening was packed with lots of fun and lots of training. The students were treated to a Christian illusionist who uses magic tricks to share the love of Christ. Everyone from my little kids, to our teens, to Erin and I enjoyed watching all the slight of hand and tricks the illusionist used and seeing how he was using his gifts for Christ. From this treat we dived right back into evening chapel with a great time of praising God and hearing from our speaker about how we can effectively share the Gospel. Our speaker definitely holds no punches when challenging our students about what a true leader for Christ looks like.
As far as camp goes it was a truly great day and watching our students interact and grow has been extremely encouraging. Especially on a day where as a follower of Christ their has been so much frustration and discouragement. I don’t want to get into the whole SCOTUS debate over the decision that was made on Gay marriage today. Most anyone who knows me knows what I believe and my sadness at the court ruling and state of affairs in our country. What saddened me most as I looked through various forms of social media today was so many “Christian” friends celebrating the SCOTUS ruling. Friends who once would have said they believe in the Bible as God’s Holy Infallible Word, now celebrating something (sin) that goes directly against God’s Word. As I read so many of these people putting up the hashtag “Love Wins,” I grew even sadder and more frustrated that people have forgotten true Love won over 2,000 years ago when Christ laid down his live for our sins, took a punishment we deserved, and rose and conquered death and the grave. Doing so to show love and forgiveness to every sinner. Today was not a Love issue at our forefront it’s a sin issue, and thankfully we have a God who’s Love has already won and we can share that with anyone caught in any sin. We can’t be wishy washy Christians anymore scared to take a stand and openly showing on social media we don’t know what we believe as we spew out praise for things that clearly goes against the Word of a God who loves us so much. We have to be solid, we have to be ready to show love and share God’s good news, to take a stand when necessary, and to know what we believe and why. And that’s why last night I didn’t go to bed depressed over the day’s events. Because I know that right now over 500 students are here at FCA Leadership Camp praising God, learning about who He is, being trained to to know what they believe and why, and trained in how to share this uncompromising Love to all they come in contact with. May we be as diligent and bold for Christ as they are!