Faith Builders 2010

Crazy energy. Non-stop noise. Constant. Loud. Interactive. Responsive. Hilarious. Meaningful. Life-changing. Momentous.

Drew celebrating something. Always.Jason and Jennifer and I triple-teamed 25 of our 6th and 7th graders (18 boys, 7 girls) over the past three days in our annual Faith Builders Day Camp here at Legacy. It’s an idea I got from Jim Gardner when we worked together in Marble Falls. It’s designed to engage our youngsters in the fundamentals of our faith in God through Christ Jesus. Faith Builders 2010

The first day’s theme was “Sin: The Problem.” On Tuesday we studied “Jesus: The Solution.” And we wrapped it up yesterday with “Faith: The Response.”

The young people studied hard for almost three hours each morning. And then after lunch we enjoyed off-site activities like bowling, laser tag, swimming, and the movies. But then it was back home in the evenings for 30-minutes of homework with mom and dad.

A progressive pool party on Tuesday saw us visit three pools at three different houses in three hours.  104-degrees, two clouds, and only four sunburns!  “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” ~Psalm 119:103

Buried with Christ…The conversations were happening. What does it mean to be made in the image of God? Why did Jesus have to die? When were the dinosaurs created? What happens if I sin again after I’m baptized? Why does God let bad things happen? Bibles were being read. Light bulbs were going off. God is reaching out to his children. And the faith is being passed on from generation to generation. “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” ~Psalm 34:8

Thank you so much to our church office staff and other parents and volunteers who helped write and apply the name tags and Bible stickers, chaperon our children to the afternoon events, stuff the folders, and stick on the Band-Aids. It couldn’t have happened without you.

And congratulations to Emma Gambill who was baptized into Christ last night here at Legacy. Emma, you now participate in the resurrection of Jesus. Death has nothing on you now. And neither does sin.

Peace,

Allan

2 Comments

  1. Jocelyn

    sounds like a wonderful program, thanks for thinking of and sacrificing for our kids…one day (before I know it) Levi will be old enough to go and I’m sure he will benefit!

  2. Rob's Dad

    Disclaimer – this is a legitimate question (no hard count). Why are the parents only involved in 30 min of homework each night? If it’s 3 days and it’s life changing (and I truly hope it is),why aren’t the parents (both) required to spend some portion of these 3 days involved with this study? If the parents don’t agree to show up, then the child can’t participate.

    Think philosophically not logistics. There will be a slew of reasons why a parent can’t be there but you aren’t asking for all three days – just a few hours somewhere over the three days. Not at laser tag or the pool but in the study. Seems like a worthwhile investment.

    Hindsight is 20/20 and my record is dismal in the parenting scorecard. 6th and 7th grade is a key time and I know not every family is going to travel the path that we did but wouldn’t it be worth 3hrs (2hrs in the study and 1hr for travel to and from) to buy some insurance on your child’s life?

    Turning the corner and looking for contact.

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