Hispanic youth camp sees 22 saved

KNCSB Hispanic Super Summer took the form of a soccer camp this year. It was called “SoccerCamps 2016” and was held June 21-24 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.

There were 117 staff members and campers in attendance. Ten churches participated from LaGrange, Texas; Norfolk, Columbus, and Omaha, Neb.; Garden City, Kansas City, Wichita, and Topeka, Kan; and Marshalltown, Iowa.

The camp recorded 22 first-time decisions for Christ and 18 recommitments to Christ.

SoccerCamps is a unique Christian camp, reaching unchurched youth through soccer training, team challenges, exciting evening programs, music and drama and powerful teaching from the Word of God. It was a completely bilingual (Spanish and English) and bicultural experience!

Under the leadership of camp director Pastor David Martínez (Norfolk, Neb.), the staff included professional soccer players and coaches Richard Zimmerman, (Norfolk, Neb.), José Luis “Parejita” López, (Mexico) and Gilson Senna (Brazil); professional acrobat Luigi Mercuri (Mexico); and Christian singers Beto Silva (Nebraska), Christian Ríos (Mexico) and Pastors Ryan Young and Jason Wheeler (Columbus, Neb).

Pastor Jeff Sours (Norfolk, Neb.) preached each night, challenging teens to receive Christ and consecrate their lives to Him. Pastors from several churches shared testimonies and Bible teaching in daily workshops and small group times. The staff rejoiced to see God working in the kids’ lives.

Along with the 22 first-time decisions for Christ, many others returned home with a greater commitment to live for Him and share their faith.

Pastor David Martínez said, “The greatest thing about the camp was to see the impact of the Word of God in the lives of the young people and to have such a group of servants who were willing to sacrifice so these kids could make important life decisions.”

The Hispanic camp will again kick off the KNCSB summer youth camps in 2017. It will be held June 19-23 at Webster Conference Center.