Are you ever sure that you know what is going to happen, and then you are COMPLETELY surprised at what really occurs? I feel like tonight was one of those nights. I know the campers that ended up helping Flipper and Mulligan with Volcano’s request must have felt that way. One moment their feet are on the ground and the next they are flying through the air! I think they will think twice about volunteering in the future…. What other surprises did we experience tonight? I think Flipper and Mulligan were surprised that the Volcano still didn’t help them. Did you think she would? I sure hope that she does tomorrow because it will be our last chance to find out if they ever get rescued!
Were you surprised by anything with our other castaways? Did the king come? Before Amelia figured it out, who did you think was the king? The island had two new visitors. One was a young man who just walked in upon them. The other was a delivery man. “Delivery”, hmm, it almost makes me think of “rescue”. Plus the delivery man was bigger and seemed more likely to be the king. I was pretty wrong, though, just like the brothers and other islanders. When Amelia figured it out, I was really surprised to see the brothers grab the young man and take him towards the volcano, but what was more unexpected was that he went willingly. It will certainly be interesting to find out more tomorrow.
Just like the young man in the story, we learned about another who willingly sacrificed Himself, Jesus. Our classes all talked on various levels about how sin separates us from God. The only way to God is through the blood of Christ Jesus. His blood can cover our sins because He is and was the perfect and holy sacrifice. Notice I said “can.” What do we need to do make this a reality? Do you know? Jesus already paid the price, but we have to accept it and apply it. We have to recognize and confess our sins, and yes, we have ALL sinned. It doesn’t matter if it was a little sin or big sin. Sin always separates us from God. BUT if we recognize, confess, and put our faith in Jesus, God can change our hearts and help us live for Him.
Our youngest campers have been enjoying puppet time each evening. Tonight our friends taught them how when we spend lots of time with people (like our families) we tend to act alike. Has anyone ever commented to you that you sound just like someone else in the family when you laugh or say something? The more we spend time with God in prayer, reading the Bible, and with other believers, the more will act like God. What is important to Him becomes important to us. Our friends left us with the idea that wouldn’t it be cool if even strangers could tell you love God just by how you behave!
We sure have learned a lot this week and had a ton of fun. We have one more great evening planned for you all and hope you will join us as a family. We’ll find out the end of our adventures, sing, enjoy hotdogs, and have loads of fun with outside activities. Don’t forget to bring swim attire for the giant slip-n-slide as well as a towel for afterwards. Looking forward to seeing you at 6:00PM on Thursday!!!