|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “The influence of a mentor”
Our Bible verse for today: “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, and you know that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15-16 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “We can reach at-risk children”
Lighthouse Christian Camp is located in Smithville, TN. Like the Kids on The Rise Ministry which we considered in yesterday’s devotional, Lighthouse is also a ministry focused on reaching “at-risk” children who live in a world of poverty, drug abuse, and neglect. According to their website (www.lighthousechristiancamp.com) they are:
“…dedicated to helping needy, disadvantaged children suffering from sexual, physical, mental, emotional abuse and neglect. The purpose of the camp is to provide an enjoyable, exciting, enriching, quality outdoor experience, where they learn of God the Creator and are afforded an opportunity to come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The staff and volunteer counselors provide love, encouragement, and counsel to needy children suffering from learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral problems, and low self-esteem and self-images, resulting from abuse, neglect, and rejection.”
Every year Lighthouse provides a free one-week summer camp experience to close to 1000 children and young teens from multiple counties in middle Tennessee. In addition to the summer camp experience, the camp provides weekend camp experiences throughout the year, as well as an afterschool program. Campers are also connected with a local partnering church in their community for follow-up and mentoring throughout the year. Additionally, each year at Christmastime, the camp offers a Christmas party for the boys, and another for the girls. The party includes food, games, and gifts, as well as a store where the children can go shopping (with play money) to purchase Christmas gifts for parents, grandparents, and siblings.
Lighthouse Christian Camp is a wonderful ministry that reaches deeply into the lives of troubled children, showing them the love of God and teaching them the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Hundreds of children and teens are led to faith in Christ and then discipled through the camp ministry and through the partnership of participating churches. The mentoring relationships developed often last for years and have an impact for a lifetime.
If you and your church are located in or near middle Tennessee, you will find many varied volunteer opportunities available to you through a partnership with the Lighthouse Christian Camp. You can also be a financial partner. I encourage you to visit their website. And if you’re not in this region of the country, chances are good that there’s a ministry like this in your area that you could partner with.
The greatest chance we will ever have to reach a person for Christ is when they are a child, and then as a teenager. The older a person gets, the harder it becomes to reach them. I encourage you to get involved in the lives of children and teens.
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