When I was eight years old I went to camp for the first time and there, also for the first time. I was presented with the gospel and understood. My counselor got down on my level and laid out the truth that I had a Self Indulgent Nature (S.I.N.) which separated me from the Lord. He told me that it would only be through a belief that Christ died on the cross for my sins that I could have a relationship with Him. My faith journey led me to get baptized on Saturday October 12th.
Along the way I credit much of my growth to the experience I have had at camps and was so happy that my pastor could come to Deer Creek Camp and baptize me in the Medina River. It was a perfect Hill Country Baptism. I am reminded of a camper who was also baptized at camp. Her parents brought her up in the fall along with an Air Force Chaplain to perform the ceremony. We were honored that she choose to use camp for that part of her faith journey too.
In so many ways Deer Creek Camp has been a powerful agent in young followers lives and it has been great to send each of them back to their homes so God would use their families and faith families to nurture their walk with Christ. At camp we say that we teach “Jesus just Jesus” teaching the fundamentals of faith and leave traditions and doctrinal teaching to the parents and home church.
It is such a blessing to be a significant part of our campers’ lives and a joy to see them choose to make great decisions and let us be part of the ride.