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We we are back from camp and I have slept for two daysstraight. Na, just kidding, it has been good to get some much needed rest though. It has been tiring but, very exciting and rewarding. I would have to say it was the best camp we have had to date. All of them have there great memories and God moved in all of them but, I think what made this camp the best was the sweet Spirit that was felt throughout our time there. In looking back the last few days, I believe that it is because of the relationships and trust we are building with the Native people. I believe that as each year goes by, they see we are not just a one and done mission team. They see that we are truly committed to being a part of there lives and for helping and discipling them for the long hall!
I want to thank each and every member of the mission team for there dedication and sacrifice of time and labor and resourses to Overcomers Family Camp 2009. I am so proud of the whole team and the other teams from different churches, that are so committed and faithful to this mission and these people! I would like to personally thank all those who supported us for this very serious mission that is helping build bridges and save souls for Jesus and eternity! Your support whether through prayer, giving financially or through other gifts or laboring with us before and after we return, is crucial and so needed and so very much appreciated by all the team members, by Gordon and Sheila Thayer of Overcomers and by all the families that were blessed and encouraged. Also a special thank goes out to the Mc Henry County Marine Corps League, for their support and gifts of toys for the Native children, you have touch many people through these gifts!
We are very excited to report that fifteen people made professions of faith through baptism at camp! Many people recommitted themselves in their walks with Jesus also. We also for the first time had a wedding at camp and three children dedicated to theLord! Wow, what and exciting week, Thank You Jesus! These things are so important in my estimation because our motto at Overcomers Family Campis, "Healthy Families, Healthy Nations" and true health starts with acovenent and dedication before Christ! Without Jesus in the middle of everything, it will ultimitly not succeed and flurish to it's full God given potential!!!
In closing I would like to give a specialthank you to the Evangelical Free Church of Crystal Lake for their commitment to missions! In my estimation, it is your greatest strength and God is moving greatly through it! At camp, Jay Bunker, one of the teaching Pastors, gave a prophetic word and said that the Lord was going to bless our church and pour into us greatlly because of our faithfulnness in helping the poor and needy! In Isaiah 25:4 it says that the Lord will be praised because, He has been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.You people, as a Church have reflected the Lords heart in this and will be blessed for it!!!
Here is a link to check out the photos from camp!
His Heart, His Mission,
The Lord's Grace to Paul 12I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 13Eventhough I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, Iwas shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15Hereis a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesuscame into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16Butfor that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst ofsinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as anexample for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1 :12-17