Camp Sychar, July 23-August 2
This camp is now at near capacity, and I am hearing the same with some other camps. I believe it is meeting a great need in our day.
The schedule of the day includes morning and evening preaching services (2 evangelists who take turns) and a morning Bible study (youth and children have their own morning services and join with the adults in the evenings). While I have been one of the tabernacle evangelists each of my previous times, this year I was privileged to be the Bible teacher. I loved every minute of this experience. There was a dynamic atmosphere and presence of the Holy Spirit each morning as we walked through 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, studying the Lord’s Supper, and discovered how we can be “Rescued from Normal.” It was encouraging and exciting to see the crowd that continued to show up for this 9:30 AM study, leading us to run out of printed hand-outs three different times. My heart has been increasingly thrilled with Jesus through the truth of this passage, and we heard amazing testimonies of people throughout the week which confirmed that others were experiencing the same. One of the culminating peaks of the week was on the final Saturday afternoon when we held an additional 2:30 session to offer some practical guidance on personal Bible study. We were “blown away” by the attendance and excitement at this event, and came away more encouraged than ever in the interest and enthusiasm of people to be in the Word. That is what will allow for our continued growth after camp.
One of the most beautiful aspects of the camp was the unity of heart and message among all the workers. From the music of Tab Beechler to the preaching of Dr. Bill Ury and Dr. John Neihof, there was an emphasis on Jesus and responding to Him alone that permeated the camp. Each one of my family, including Trina, Chaili, Carey, and myself, was deeply and profoundly affected through the preaching and worship led by these men. What an amazing blessing it was for Trina and I to sit on the front row together and to drink in the deep and life-transforming truth of Jesus that came through. He spoke to us in such deep and significant ways, and we will forever remember and be thankful for those nights when all four of us met down at the altar to seek Him together. This is why I believe in this camp and experiences like this.
Finally, but not least, we are forever linked in heart and spirit with the people of this camp. If I began naming them all here, it would not end. I can only say that they are family to us in Christ, and we have the deepest of love for them. There is something about living, eating, sharing a bathroom, walking the grounds, being in services, and sharing life together for 10 or more days. We think of it as a glimpse of what heaven will be like. Certainly the Jesus who we will see there has touched us in a real way in this place and through these people. It is all Him, and as Israel Houghton sings, “Your presence is heaven to me.” If you have never been to Camp Sychar, I would invite you to check it out. If you decide to visit, I’m sure I’ll be seeing you there sometime --- a place and a people that has a dear place in the heart of my family.
Tom and Sheri Keene
8/5/2015 10:08:19 pm
It was a Blessing for Sheri and I to sit under your teaching. We are different because of Christ in you. Thank you.
8/6/2015 04:46:04 am
Tom and Sheri, I am inspired and encouraged to seek Jesus more because of what I see in your lives. Thank you for that godly example.
Dave and Janet Brookes
8/8/2015 03:24:21 am
Just a note to tell you how much we appreciated your ministry in the Bible study this year - so much to ponder on over the coming winter months. We are so happy to have you and Trina and the kids as part of the camp. You are all a great addition to the camp family. We look forward to seeing you next summer at Sebring Camp. By the way, we've both attended camp meetings 70+ years and have never seen an evangelist power wash cottages! Also, you might want to rethink that golf analogy you used. We'll be praying for you as you minister throughout the coming year.
8/10/2015 06:33:56 am
Dave, thank you so much for your encouragement, and we so look forward to seeing you all next July. And I will definitely try to be more prayerfully sensitive about the golf! :) I deeply appreciate your prayer, which is making a difference.
8/30/2015 02:50:18 pm
Dave, I just wanted to let you know that, after a ten year break, I golfed last week and had a great time. Every shot, I just kept repeating three things to myself: "Keep your head down, swing easy, and don't care!" I probably played the best golf of my life!
8/11/2015 02:59:02 pm
John and Trina,
John and Trina Juneman
8/11/2015 03:59:22 pm
Teresa, thank you for the refreshing and encouragement of the Lord Jesus that we received through you. What a blessing to know you and to walk together in Christ.
Brian and Lori Lawson
8/26/2015 01:50:45 pm
Thank you for being such a faithful and willing vessel for God's word and work! My family and I have been blessed to hear you preach, teach and witness for Jesus at Camp Sychar and we are better for it. God Bless you, Trina and the kids throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you next July.
8/30/2015 02:48:04 pm
Thank you so much, Brian and Lori. I cannot express how the Lord has worked in our lives through Sychar. Thank you for your kind prayer. We look forward to seeing you all next time!
1/2/2016 10:42:09 pm
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