Sunday, June 15, 2014
WHEN GOD'S GIRLS MEET FAITHFUL CHAMPIONS!
If it's true that Wheaties is the Breakfast of Champions, as their logo claims, then General Mills must have dropped a boat load on my church last week! Close to 200 local boys and girls attended a boys and girls spiritual boot camp and the timing was absolutely perfect. The end of another difficult school year rife with public school politics and just before the summer of one the most violent and crime ridden years in our community.
Youth six years old to upper teens gathered nightly for five days of mentoring, modeling, and motivation toward excellence in all areas of their lives! The camp's strategy combined personal testimonies,wise counsel, and unwavering hope to assure their future success. The Boot Camp experience is nothing new to our church as the men are heading toward a decade of transformation training. But only in the past couple of years has our pastor expanded the concept to include young boys. This year our precious girls were added. Praise the Lord! To defeat God's enemy His spiritual plan includes both and each was addressed (Jeremiah 29:11).
Men with adult children or no children at all came alongside boys with no father in the home to provide the crucial male leadership every boy needs. Women, some single and still struggling to raise their own sons and daughters, became mother-figures to others and modeled what it meant to be a Proverbs 31 and Titus 2 woman in this age. It was truly a no-holds barred scene for the older girls. Keeping it real, so to speak. It even included a fight with the devil! The younger girls got a head start on learning what it means to be God's girl, demanding and getting respect for their body, soul, and spirit.
Prayer Warriors prayed every night for the duration. Souls were saved, burdens were lifted, and God's Word was taught all within the context of worldly challenges our youth face. It was truly a family affair, a replication of the church in Acts, where the Holy Spirit had full flow in its members and all came together on one accord with all things in common --our youth (Acts 1:14; 2:44; 4:32)
After witnessing Youth Boot Camp this week, I can now imagine what could happen if God's Girls Met Faithful Champions all over the world.....Things Just Might Change! Let's Pray it will...very, very soon!