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Camp is DONE!

Camp is done. OVPC Sr High camp 2011 is finished. Can’t go back. Can’t change anything about it, although I’m almost positive many of you wouldn’t change a thing, but the fact remains that camp has come and it’s now gone.

I’m thankful for the people who made camp what it was. Our district leader, Jeff Hillier, who I think is incredible, and deserves way more credit then he gets. Pastor Ben and his team that did an outstanding job of leading worship. Pastor Mike Love who did what he was asked to do, and that was to bring the Word. The youth pastors. I can’t say enough about how great the youth pastors are. They are heroes, legends, and role models, people I learn from and look up to. It’s a privilege for me to work along side these men and women. I’m thankful for people who take the time to be apart of camp and help out by being the camp medic for a week, the camp security for a week. I’m also thankful for the coaches who take time out of their busy lives to help lead students for a week.

I’m sure I’m missing someone or some team, who did a fabulous job this week, but can I say what I’m extremely thankful for. I’m thankful for the students. This week I saw students press in, I saw students put their hunger on display, I saw students love on others, I saw students encourage each other. But even greater than all that, I saw hope. Yes hope.

The whole week was incredible, but it was Friday that I saw it. It was Friday where I sat at the back of the tabernacle as Pastor Mark Raymer finished his session on intercession, and the only sound in the room was the sound of students hungry for His presence, hungry for a change. The only way I was able to describe it was “a holy rumble”. The bell rang for lunch, and still students would not be interrupted. They weren’t satisfied with the norm, but they wanted more. As a youth pastor, this is what I was thankful for. That sound was not just about hype at camp, that dies a week or two later. That sound was not just feelings in the moment, but that sound was the sound of a generation that has been woken up to the presence of their King, and anything else will not satisfy them.

Camp is over, but life should not go back to normal. Instead, we should move forward with full confidence that our city, our school’s our homes; our own lives will never be the same. So my prayer, and my hope is this, that when you go to church, to youth, or you spend time in your stronghold, you bring the same hunger, the same passion. The same God you were passionate about this past week did not stay at camp, so don’t leave your passion at camp.

Thank you, all of you who make me better. I’m blessed to do life with you.

Gilly (P Adam)

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