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Follow Me - Summit Student Camp 2012
By Rand Clark
Larkspur, Colo. – “I just wanted to get away from home. It was just something to do,” shared Brent*, “but yesterday I realized it was more than that. I was called here for a different reason.”
Over two weeks this summer, Brent and 535 youth from as far away as Texas and Utah gathered at the Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center for Summit Student Camp 2012. Twenty-five students made decisions to accept Jesus into their lives. Twenty-eight other students rededicated their lives.
Students were challenged by Brad Fogarty to, “not just come to camp and then go home. Not to let the light fizzle out, but he challenged them to make life changes that last.”
“Before I came to camp I was a drug addict, an alcoholic, a smoker; I felt like I had no purpose," said Brent. "Now, when I go home, I am taking my sobriety with me and I’m going to spread the love of God around.”
“I’ve had problems in the past with cutting myself and suicidal tendencies,” shared Katy*. “I learned this week that I am free; that I am pure no matter what I have done; that I am loved by God!”
Justin McVey, Youth Pastor at Fellowship of the Rockies, Pueblo was amazed by the countless testimonies of kids all week.
“We heard from kids who escaped pornography, who are leaving abusive relationships, who dealt with cutting and eating disorders," said McVey. "The life change that took place this week, the transformation… unparalleled!”
As student after student climbed True Mountain, got wet during recreational time, sat under a tree alone with God or lifted a hand in worship, God was working. The students, leaders and staff left changed.
Challenged too by the words of Jesus to simply “Follow me.” That is exactly what Brent and many, many others are doing today.
For more information about Summit Student Camp visit www.summitstudentcamp.com
*Names changed for privacy and protection
Rand Clark is a correspondent for Colorado Baptist.