Have you ever been to the Our Generation Camp? If not, you might not know what it was all about. The Our Generation Camp focused on world missions. For five days, real missionaries and other preachers taught on the subject of world evangelism. Teens were encouraged to consider the call on their own lives to missions. One of the best things about the camp was that the teenagers got to interact with the missionaries. In doing so, teenagers had the opportunity to realize that they could be missionaries themselves. Getting away from the cares of everyday life created a perfect setting for teens to reevaluate what they hoped to accomplish with their life.
A typical day included a morning service, breakout sessions, and an evening service all centered on spreading the gospel around the world. The breakout sessions touched on what teenagers may be dealing with in their daily lives in regards to the more practical aspects of missions.
The evening service included preaching from several different speakers and the night’s last sermon was always preached by Pastor Austin Gardner. Each night after the evening service, discussion groups exchanged what they had learned from the service. Also after the service, teenagers could gather with missionaries at an optional prayer meeting to pray specifically for each country by name to be reached with the gospel.
Of course, camp was a lot of fun too! Several churches attended giving an opportunity for their youth to meet new friends and spend time with ones they met during previous years at camp. Game time was the perfect time for teens to show their competitive side. During free time, teens could visit the pool or lake, or get away from the activity at camp and hold meaningful conversations with the missionaries and other campers, getting to know them better. During the day, and even after the evening service, you could always find people at the gym playing basketball or conducting a whole tournament for volleyball!
All in all, every year camp proves to be a life-changing experience for many. This year, six received Christ as their personal Savior, and nine individuals signed the pledge surrendering their life to missions. Teens who had already signed the pledge before were encouraged to keep their focus and commitment to world missions.
Several teens were willing to share what God had done in their hearts at camp. One teen girl said “I really liked camp because I actually realized the need for the gospel around the world”. Another teen guy said “Camp was another great place where I was reminded that I am living for God and to do His will and not my own.” This year’s week of camp was a week to remember!