Brief Thoughts after Pre-teen Camp

Howdy, everyone!  Long time no see–and no write!

Our Missouri Pre-teen camp ended Sunday, and I am currently absorbed in issues related to the Michigan Teen Camp which is approaching quickly as well as Branson Festival issues that have gone unattended during the run up to last week’s camp.

If you are reading this and you are someone who assisted our camp last week or who prayed for the success of that camp, I cannot thank you enough.  God’s blessings were very evident, and the camp went wonderfully.  Is there room to improve?  Absolutely!  The week-or-so after camp is when I like to conduct a post-camp analysis for future planning purposes, but this is proving a bit difficult this week.  However, if you were involved with camp you will be receiving requests for feedback this week (and may already have received some–check your e-mail).  We can always improve, and your comments and evaluations help us to do just that.

But that said, I think that on the whole this year’s camp went marvelously and that (1) God was well honored, and (2) our pre-teens and their families were well served.

It is a great privilege to get to serve in this way, and seeing kids running around camp and enjoying what we have assembled for them to learn from and to experience is humbling.  I could not help thinking of the scene painted in Zechariah 8:5 of boys and girls playing in the streets of Jerusalem.

Then I read stories like today’s AP article “Kenyan Children Abducted, Tortured” and I am reminded of how different today’s world is from tomorrow’s world.  I hope we all pray for a time when camps like ours are the norm and not aberrations in the rearing and treatment of children.

Thanks, again, to all who contributed to the success of our Missouri Pre-teen Camp.  I will try to write some this week–if for any reason, to help get me back into writing mode for some scripts and commentaries–but with festival, teen camp, and pastoral duties pressing, it will likely be less than usual.  My apologies!  One day I will be a more organized me who can handle multiple projects more efficiently, but for the moment that me is still on back order. 🙂

One thought on “Brief Thoughts after Pre-teen Camp

  1. Deano

    Hello Mr. Smith,

    Great to see you back and that the camp up there was as successful as the one here in Texas reported to be.

    I went to read the article on the children being tortured and it reminded me of a poem I wrote a couple years ago.


    Upon Awakening:

    Gazing back in time over Woodruff Lake
    Steam rising from mirror like stillness
    Captivating in its beauty reflecting treetops
    Touching the lucid sky of the awakening dawn

    A pockmark lives and dies as a living wonder
    From the fifth day breaks the surface
    The cruel world back at home all but forgotten
    As the sun rises to boast its strength

    As I ponder these things it occurs to me
    That every child should have such a place
    Creating memories that they later may revisit
    But many suffer Satan’s power in the matrix-the reality

    And so as I stared out through the years
    Over Woodruff Lake my vision became blurred with tears
    O, woe the abominations that fill the earth
    The longing for our Lord and His Kingdom to appear

    Isa 32:1-4 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken. The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.

    Isa 35:1-7 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

    No more will the child suffer and die
    No more will the child hunger and languish
    No more will the child feel terror and loneliness
    No more will the child suffer death before birth
    No more, no more


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