As a counselor volunteering at a camp, one incident really sticks in my mind. I was leading a discussion during Outpost, the one night at Camp Friedenswald where we counselors and the kids camp out in tents in the woods, when the topic of spiritual warfare was raised. It was certainly an interesting subject to have to address in the middle of the woods! But it was important for the kids to understand that despite the way movies portray them, demons and angels/heaven and hell are real, and because of that, the decisions we make now can have far-reaching consequences.
Following the discussion, I found one of our 6th graders by himself at the edge of the camp with his head hung low. I asked him what was wrong. He told me he really didn’t like to think about hell—he’d witnessed some of his family members being shot, and he knew they weren’t going to a good place. I agreed that it was very sad, but assured him that if he trusted Jesus, his own story could be very different. I asked him right there, “Have you ever placed your faith in Christ?” “Just now,” he answered.
December 1, 2017
Sophomore year is when the teaching at ICI really got to me and I gave my life to Christ and changed the path I was on.
December 30, 2019
Throughout my whole high school experience, I felt like I needed to change. After we got back from my last high school camping trip I was thinking about what the leaders had said. I decided to pray and give my life to Christ.
July 22, 2019
Before Christ, I had a lot of grudges and felt like everything had to be perfect. I tried to control a lot of things. Now I can leave things in God’s hands. When I am worried, I know I can trust God. I’m not angry anymore.