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Half Way Through the Camp Season

Jul 12 2011

We're right around the halfway point in our camp season here in northern Maine.  it has been a very good summer to this point, including a true revival among our teens, a staff person receiving Christ, and a lot of good teaching and fun.  Our busiest camps are still to come.

Summer is also a time to work out the bugs in new material.  Since I am not just a performer here,, but part of the community, I know I can try out new routines on a forgiving audience.  I have a new glow in the dark diabolo routine to Mark Heard's "Dry Bones Dance".  I finally performed it last week, and it was a good first run.  i've made some changes that I know will improve it for future gigs.  There are other things I premiering here as well, and it's a good way to see what needs 'tweeking'. 

This week I have been performing for our 6 to 8 year old camp, which means I really need to tone down a lot of what I say and do.  Again, I state, in no uncertain terms, I am NOT a children's minister by nature.  I much prefer doing practical theological programs (read "the Book of James") in adult church services, or nitty gritty Gospel presentations in jails and prisons, but God's grace is sufficient for me, and when He opens the doors for a kids' show, He makes it work.  I think these little guys are learning something.  Best of all, they are getting fresh air and exercise and endless fun.  They're learning that camp is a safe place, and that Christians are kind, loving, and just plain fun!  Now that's worth all the effort!

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The presentation was fun and encouraging... The gospel message was clear and encouraging. I purchased your book and just finished it. Your scope is broad and again encouraging. May God continue to bless your ministry. I will encourage others to read your book. -Parishioner of a local church

"Hey, I just wanted to say that was a great message in chapel today! It touched something:) thanks for doing it!" -High School Student  

"We are so grateful that you brought your amazing ministry back to our church this year... The Gospel message you bring applies to all!  It is such a positive, valuable work that you do."  -Coordinator of Christian Ed. UCC Church

"There's no questioning it. This is powerful stuff. It's extremely touching at times, never less than entertaining, and I see a lot of sincere love for Jesus in you guys."  -Dwight Lilies, song writer

The Lord has given you a wonderful window through which to present the Gospel!   - Field Director of Alliance Missions to Paraguay

"What a wonderful ministry to both children and adults.  In past years it has been a struggle to arrange programing that would hold the attention of all ages, but also challenge each heart with God's gift of Salvation.  Thank you for sharing your ministry."  -Sunday School Sup't.

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