Expectations. We all have them about really most things. Coming into this week, what did you expect Base Camp 2015: Joshua would be like? Did you think it would be fun or boring as you were only coming because mom said that you had to? Either way, we hope that what you experienced this week was better than you every could have expected. We hope you had fun, learned a lot, made friends, and just had a blast talking about God. I know that when staff got together at the end of each evening that our expectations were more than met. We just had a terrific group of campers. You all listened well, got into the drama, sang your hearts out, played hard, and with your thoughtful questions and answers, you showed us that you were really thinking about the things we were learning. We hope that you will continue to think about them too!
So, speaking of expectations, what did your parents think of our Family Fun night? Did you have to fill them in on some of the drama? While we all knew what was going on, I am guessing that some of them wondered about it all. Any thoughts about what Pastor Craig shared with us? It is pretty important stuff. I know we’ve hit on parts of it all this week, but Pastor Craig really touched on what God wants for us.
Right back to Adam and Eve, what God wanted was to have a relationship with them, to be able to fellowship. I think He really did care about those things Pastor Craig mentioned – like the new fruit they discovered and what they named each of the animals. God still wants that kind of fellowship with us today. He wants to be part of every part of our lives. Did you catch why God sent Adam and Eve away? They were disobedient and sinned. He still took care of them and gave them things like clothes, but it really couldn’t be the same. God is holy and righteous. He can’t tolerate sin, and it keeps us away from Him. Even then God knew the only way we could be made right is through the sacrifice and blood of Christ Jesus. It was way back with Adam and Eve that He set things in motion so that at just the perfect time, Christ Jesus would come and make things right. All along the way, God continued to show His love, grace, and mercy. Do you remember some of the ways He showed His faithfulness to His people, the Israelites, and even to foreigners like Rahab? God would love us all to be made right with Him, but when He made us, He chose to give us free will. He lets us choose to accept the ultimate sacrifice or not. God doesn’t force us but would much rather have us as His children than be separated from Him by sin. It can be a lot to think about. If you have questions, all you need to do ask.
As you probably ‘expected’ from the flyer and announcements, our evening ended with food and fun. Below are just some of the highlights. It think sliding was a real blast for most of you!