As the winter season was ending earlier this year, during my quiet time, I came across this passage of Scripture found in Proverbs 10:5 – He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
God spoke to my heart that the summer should be a time of harvest and growth for the church. I had a choice to make. I could sit back and take it easy, enduring the “summer lull” that happens as churchgoers vacation and travel. As this verse says, I could choose to sleep. Or, I could see the summer as a season of work, sacrifice, and an opportunity for greater ministry. I asked God to help me be a “wise son”, gathering crops while the harvest was available.
It was around that time that we began to press forward with our plans for the second year of Kids Going Bananas Day Camp. We’re now finishing up our final week of camp, and looking back it’s been a fruitful summer!
Matt Gallant has done a wonderful job directing the camp. This year we’ve had almost 130 different campers. We were able to provide many scholarships to kids who could not afford to come. We were able to offer summer jobs, and volunteer opportunities to young people, getting them out of the house while school was out. We’ve had the chance to share the message of the gospel with the campers every week. And, instead of seeing our attendance go down on Sundays, we’ve watched it go up.
Here’s a video that will show some highlights from week 6. Enjoy!