Taking a trip with young ‘uns is almost always an eye-opening experience. A couple of weeks back we attended Winter Retreat at Camp ACCOVAC in Clifton Forge, VA. It was a great retreat because we had 88 campers and helpers from all four of the conference camps. There were some new faces as well as some not so new faces that we are growing more and more attached to.
It is exciting to have such a large group that many of us had to sleep on the floor on mattresses. Now, I’m not saying a bed wouldn’t have been a welcome addition to my weekend, but that is not THAT important when you just get to spend time in the presence of God’s children.
As we traveled up, we met up with the group from Camp Pocahontas for dinner. We were excited to see the folks from Camp Whitney and ACCOVAC, and of course, we love our entourage from Campalachian.
During the weekend we traveled from the camp to a small ski slope at the Omni Homestead Resort. My van was navigated by a young man who is legally blind but got us there safely. I was just a little concerned… but we got there with NO PROBLEMS. Tony had the privilege of driving the “lift van” from Fellowship Church that we lovingly call “The Beast.”
Tony had the privilege of driving the “lift van” from Fellowship Church that we lovingly call “The Beast.” Some of the kids from one of the other camps rode with Tony in “The Beast” and had a conversation about the kinds of ministry that they could do IF ONLY they had a van like ours.
It is really kind of a strange thing. We don’t always appreciate the things we have like “The Beast.” Some people wouldn’t want to drive the beast locally, let alone on a road trip filled with kids. I’m not saying that a new van wouldn’t be WONDERFUL… but do we need it to do ministry? I don’t think so.
Do we need new and shiny? Nope. We need to be obedient. God will take care of the rest. Do we need perfection? Nope. We need to be obedient and loving. Do we need a perfect plan? Nope. God will take us step by step as long as we focus on Him.
Romans 5:2 says that “Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand.” Our job? Obedience and love one another as He loved us.
Romans 5:1-8 New Living Translation (NLT)
5 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace[a] with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.