High School Mission Trip – GO CAMP – FirstWave Students @ LifePark

“Tonight I put my faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.”

Hearing students pray a prayer of repentance and faith, and then profess their new life in Christ to a group of 60+ of their peers will never get old.  Never. 

Last night’s worship service at GO Camp, here in Columbia, SC, was a celebration and a culmination of what has been a week of serving, worshiping, building friendships, having fun, sharing Jesus, (rarely sleeping) and so much more.  As it is always the case, one blog post cannot fully share the broad spectrum of ministry and Holy-Spirit-work that has happened all week.  We have been in Columbia from Sunday, June 15 until today, Friday June 20.  I am trusting that our students and adults who were here this week will share stories, learnings, growth, and how God has worked.  I do however want to share a list of some of the things that students participated in this week:

  • we stayed in the heart of Columbia, in a hotel and were able to experience much of the city
  • we enjoyed morning rallies that were fun and got students prepped for the day
  • we served at various sites for 4-5 hours a day doing: homeless ministry, servant evangelism, prayer/encouragement, children’s ministry, construction/yardwork, and served local churches and ministries
  • we rarely complained – no seriously I was blown away at how great our students attitudes were
  • we ate lots of peanut butter & jelly
  • we enjoyed some excursions like tubing a river, the zoo, museum or laser tag
  • we played late-night games and a crazy relay game called “Prepare to Die” (no body actually died, just for the record)
  • we worshipped each night through preaching and music
  • we had church group times where we encouraged, shared, prayed
  • we bonded more as a family – and last night 3 publicly professed that they believed in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior
  • we did all of that and more – but really GOD did all the work and gets all the credit.

This Sunday at 11:15am in the Pier (student room) at LifePark our students will be sharing stories and ways that Jesus has worked in their lives.  I invite all parents and church family who would like to hear more stories to come.  As it seems to be the trend this week – I am rushing off to something else, our last gathering actually.  Please pray and thank God for the work he has and is doing in our next generation.  Pray for God to send out our students as missionaries who are living ‘life on mission’.

Filled up and ready to GO some more!  God send us out!

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