This years Winter Camp Meeting for me was an opportunity to be stretched in directions I could not have imagined before hand. I was assigned to security at the Children’s Church for the two days I was able to attend, due to my work schedule.
Although, my time at the Children’s Church, let me see how the kids were touched by the hand of God through the preaching of 3rd year student, Troy.
I had attended winter camp meetings over the past years, as a church member rather than a student of RBI and was particularly looking forward to this years meeting. Through the Helps Ministry, I was asked to volunteer to assist the security team. The Lord saw fit to have me serve in another capacity. As much as I would have liked to have heard the sermons of all the pastors, I would not have traded the time I got to spend with the children and the respect and admiration I gained for all the people who work with the children on a regular basis.
I understand , what I saw and was able to be a part of is something that goes on every Sunday, and not out of the ordinary or exceptional for the duration of the camp meetings that were going on. This only adds to my respect, because kids can be difficult at times and emotionally demanding. But the teachings, which included games, stories, preaching, and the importance of tithing all went on without interruption.
I came to understand that the success of this came from the personal style of the individual in charge and that no matter who was in charge, their approaches may have been different, but a similar format was being followed.
On one occasion, the kids were allowed to go outside and I had an opportunity to speak to the teacher. I had had only formal conversation with him in the past, but this time I was able to speak with him on a more personal level. I found out that we are both from the same part of New Jersey, and in fact, he at one time, was very close friends with my niece and nephew! He had spent quite a bit of time at my brother’s house visiting and hanging out. God is good and He works in funny ways at times. My short time speaking to this young man brought me much closer to someone else in this ministry and we now have a common goal: to get my brother and his entire family saved! Praise God!