Pancakes fueled hungry campers for archery, soccer, rock-wall climbing, and our annual tradition of tie-dying their Camp Kesher T-shirts today. Campers worked shoulder to shoulder choosing their design and color schemes carefully. Each shirt was a display of creativity and uniqueness.
The afternoon activities caused beads of sweat to form on little foreheads. A four-way tug-of-war and epic dodgeball match kept campers running back and forth for water to rehydrate. During free time, the pool was full as kids cooled off from the heat of the day.
Familiar songs echoed throughout the campground as our evening Mishkan (chapel) service began. The worship team led the campers in song, and some raised hands in worship to Messiah. It was a beautiful sight to see.
The focus tonight was the Parable of the Prodigal Son. One of our staff spoke about the character of our loving heavenly Father and how He is always waiting for us to return home when we have wandered away. When our staff asked if anyone wanted to give his or her heart to Messiah, a few hands shot up. He led them in a simple prayer of faith.
He then gave another invitation to those who identified with the prodigal son. The invitation was to come home to their loving heavenly Father—His arms are wide open. Multiple children raised their hands in response. It was a special night of watching the Lord work in the hearts of these young ones.
Our evening ended with snacks and two separate campfires for the boys and the girls. Ministry continued as we gave campers opportunity to tell a praise for our God and King and also ask for prayer. Campers opened up about challenges they are facing. Hearing them pray for and support one other in their struggles was incredible. Praise God for working so gently among His kids, and we are so grateful we had a front row seat to witness His glory tonight.