Super Summer campers learn to ‘#MakeWar’

Webster Conference Center was transformed into a spiritual training camp for the Super Summer 2013 theme of “#MakeWar.”

Campers were trained in spiritual warfare and were challenged to put what they had learned into practice when they went home.

“Let’s not make it a theme. Let’s make it a lifestyle,” Terry McIlvain said. During the closing ceremony for the B.L.A.S.T. games (large-group recreation), McIlvain challenged campers to go home and live the Super Summer theme.

Rustin Umstattd, camp pastor for Weeks 2-4, challenged the youth to fight sin by following God wholeheartedly.

He asked campers, “Have I given to Him as much as I have given to the sport I like,”—or favorite TV shows and other pastimes.

Athletes practice to get better at their sport. In the same way, Christians need to practice spiritual disciplines, Umstattd said.

“Have you put yourself into training to be more and more like Christ?

“Have you given yourself to the disciplines of following Christ? Are you encouraging each other?”

Stuart Hodges, camp pastor for Week 1, gave campers guidance on how to know God’s will.

“How do I know the will of God?” That is one of the questions he is mostly frequently asked, Hodges said.

Students told of some of the choices they are facing, such as whether to participate in drama or play basketball.

As far as college, “you’ll probably have multiple choices,” Hodges said.

Students face both smaller decisions as well as ones with bigger impacts.

Hodges cited Ephesians 5:17 (NASB)—“So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of God is.”

“When there are multiple options, how do we know God’s will?”

Hodges asked a camper to draw a large hand on a whiteboard.

“I only want to choose the option God’s hand is on,” Hodges said.

“God has a plan for your life that is infinitely better than anything you can come up with on your own.”

Thumb—stands for the Bible or “God’s lips.”

“The Bible is how you know God’s will.”

Quiet times are part of the daily schedule at Super Summer. Hodges urged students to continue daily Bible reading when they got home. He cited YouVersion.com—“You can set up a reading plan.”

Index finger—stands for prayer

“The index finger points up to God and you’re going to pray [about the decision you are facing].”

James 1:5—(Holman Christian Standard Bible) “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.”

Middle finger—stands for the Holy Spirit

“You listen for God’s Spirit.”

1 Corinthians 6:19 (HCSB)—“Don’t you know that understand that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God?”

Galatians 4:6 (HCSB) - “And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts crying, “Abba, Father!”

Ring finger—represents the church

“The ring finger represents the church and the church is the bride of Christ.”

The church is where you get instruction and encouragement and find opportunities to get involved in God’s mission.

Proverbs 12:15—(HCSB) “A fool’s way is right in his own eyes, but whoever listens to counsel is wise.”

Pinkie finger—stands for circumstances

“I saved that for last because it really should be last,” Hodges said.

To know God’s will, go through all five of these steps.

2014 volunteer trip

Super Summer campers also were challenged to participate in the Amsterdam volunteer project May 31-June 10, 2014.

KNCSB works with IGoGlobal, which cooperates with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. 2013 marked the third year that a KNCSB team has served in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is a “relatively small” city with a population of 800,000, Terry McIlvain said. “It is a tough place to minister because they are very few believers.”

In Amsterdam, KNCSB teams target people from a country in North Africa through prayer walking and conversations. These people go back home during the five-week summer holiday.

“We have a chance to impact two continents by going to Amsterdam,” McIlvain continued.

Friday, Aug. 16 was the application deadline. Applicants were to be notified in 30 days if they were accepted. Those who are accepted will have to raise $3,300 to cover all expenses.

KNCSB is making a difference in Amsterdam, McIlvain said. A worker there said there was only one Christian believer in the target people group when he arrived in the city about four years ago. There are now 75-80 believers in that people group.