we’ve been calling families for two solid days to invite them to lhkidz camp.
i wish i could speak to each and every person myself and share the importance of camp with them… but that is simply not possible. i thought i would share here, so i can hash out how i really feel, share it with you and hopefully encourage people to make an eternal investment in their kids.
i’m going to give some bullet points, but here is my succint emotional appeal and belief:
Going away with church friends takes relationships at church to a whole new level. It allows kids to have conversations about God that they normally would never have. It allows them to hang out with kids they don’t normally see in class because they might be at a different hour or different campus. Camp is about eternal relationships. It gives kids the greatest opportunity to find those forever friends they might have missed. It is safe. There is no team, no sports camp, no lesson you can sign your kid up for that will give them more of eternal value in such a short time.
I really don’t want any kid to miss the infusion in their heart, that camp provides.
personally… my kids are still connected to the people that they met in camp, their small group leaders, the kids in their cabin. it’s a marker in their lives. personally, i have my own fond memories from camp… don’t you?
consider these things:
-camp is a place that they get away from electronics, couchsitting, television and the distractions fall away allowing them to focus differently on friends, fun and God.
-camp is where the things of the church, the gospel get to come alive and be seen as FUN.
-at camp you get to spend quality time with friends, and you make new friends… you see people differently when they are sweating next to you, or singing next to you.
-at camp you meet adults that love Jesus enough to spend the week with you, more role models, more people to connect with when you get back to church.
-at camp you get to be messy. and loud. and artistic. and creative. and you get to laugh.
-at camp you get to really know pastor jason, me, and the rest of our team.
common reasons people say no:
1 – i don’t have the money.
ok, i hear you on that. the thing is, there are scholarship opportunities and other options like Kroger Cares dollars. the bottom line is we don’t want your kid to miss camp because of money, so let’s see if we can get you some help.
2 – my child doesn’t want to be away from me. (also read: “i don’t want my child to be away from me”)
here’s the thing, there are lots of things we do for and with our kids that aren’t their first choice or what they thought they wanted. we don’t let them stay up all night or eat only junkfood, because we know best. we see the big picture.
don’t let fear stop you from doing something for your child that might be the richest thing they can do, spiritually speaking, all summer.
i just don’t want your kids to miss out. that’s all.