Miami Update #6

Today was a really fun and exciting day for the campers. They had the ability to play many different games. We played kickball, whiffleball, capture the flag, and tag. By the end of the day, the campers were all exhausted from the running they had done! The kids have really become comfortable being around the coaches and enjoy spending time with them.

One of the highlights of the camp day was the Play for Christ commitment challenge. We taught the campers how Christ is to be glorified in all the things we say and do, and that extends into the sports world. Our director shared with the campers how they can worship God with the way they play their sports and challenged them to consider signing a sheet that said they would play to honor God. The campers were not forced to sign it, but were allowed the option to decide on their own whether they would like to make the commitment or not. We stressed playing for Christ throughout the day, even when the campers struggled with their competitive attitudes. The team time we had with them reflected a lot of the things that were learned in Play for Christ. We talked about loving others, with our theme verses being 1 John 4:7-9: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” The campers were challenged to show love to their opponents, refs, and opposing fans as they played sports.

After camp today, the team had time to rest and relax. Dinner was held at 5:30, where we were able to eat rice and chicken. After dinner, we were invited to go ice-skating at a local ice-rink. The team had some time to enjoy themselves and enjoy fellowship with each other.

We ended the day, as always, with team time. Tonight, we focused on Philippians 2:12-30. We discussed the meaning of Paul’s phrase to “work out your salvation”. We were able to learn a lot and be challenged by the team chaplain. We had the chance to also pray for several of the campers that God had placed upon our hearts. Tomorrow is our last day of camp, so we pray that we can really build these connections with the campers and share with them Christ’s message of love and forgiveness effectively.

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