Miami Update #4

Today was the second day of the all-sports camp here in Miami! Today’s sport was an extremely popular one among the kids: Football!!! Almost all of the kids were genuinely excited to be able to participate in this sport. We had four stations that were taught during the camp: passing, kicking, receiving, and flag-pulling. Today’s schedule went much like yesterday’s schedule: We started the day with our sportsmanship thought, had our stations and a fun game for everyone to play, had team time, ate lunch, and then did our group competition. The group competition was a flag-football game sorted out among the age groups. The games got pretty intense, but were played exceptionally well! We had two people on the team share their testimonies today. The kids really seem to connect with the speakers after they open up and share things about their lives.

Our team time with the campers today focused on what it means to build your house upon the Rock. One of the focus passages was Matthew 7:24-27, where Jesus teaches His followers to build their house on the rock as opposed to the sand. The campers were able to identify things that might identify as ‘sandy’ foundations- wealth, fame, business success- and would ultimately lead to an unfulfilled life. We challenged the campers as to why the organization is called “Push the Rock… Showing them that while the phrase is a basketball term, it also describes the mission of the organization- to share Jesus Christ (the Rock) with the people we have the opportunity to minister to. The campers really seemed to learn a lot from the differentiation made between sand foundations and the foundation of the Rock!

The team had dinner together at the Pastor’s house again, where we had chicken, mixed vegetables, potatoes, and bread. The team obviously enjoyed the food, as most went back for seconds, and some even went back for thirds! Following dinner, we had our team time, where we discussed Philippians 2:1-11. We talked about the importance of humility in the life of a follower of Christ and how that leads to a servant’s attitude in our hearts. We were able to discuss how our lives are to be lived in sacrifice to others, just as Jesus commanded. Regardless of the circumstances that surround us, we are called to be servants who love others.

This message really challenged our team to continue serving and loving these campers for the rest of the week as we start feeling a little tired from all the activities that have been going on. We pray that God continually works out some of the difficult aspects of the trip. He always comes through! We are all looking forward to tomorrow, where we will have the opportunity to lead the Wednesday night youth service!

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

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