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Adventures in the journey of christ

The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

Adventures in the Journey of Christ

We are experiencing a powerful week at El Porvenir Christian Camp. The theme this week, Into the Darkness has been a unique adventure into the background of God’s plan of salvation for mankind. Most of our studies have begun with Isaiah’s description of the darkness and hopeless condition caused by our sin. Then it looks at Isaiah’s positive side as he tells about God’s plan through the coming Messiah to bring the light of salvation into the world. We are examining some of the prophecies of Isaiah and others in the Old Testament concerning the circumstances surrounding the coming of the Messiah and then we look at New Testament Scripture of how Jesus is that Light; the promised One of God.

The Kids and faculty are being challenged to look inward to see how easy it is to slide into the dark side of life and how God has provided a way of escape. He never stops loving and seeking us. A powerful verse we shared today is,

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. (Isaiah 42:16 NIV)

Our 15 high schoolers and 4 sponsors are connecting to God’s plan in an exciting way.

We’re having a great time too. 6 or 7 of our kiddos plan to make the 4-mile climb to that 10,000-foot Hermit’s peak and back on Wednesday morning provided the weather conditions allow (I’m writing this on Tuesday). We’ve had some rain every day, but so far nothing too severe. Today after lunch, our young people had the opportunity to see two other campers baptized into Christ at the pond.

There is a good crowd here; altogether around 150 campers and sponsors. Our plan is to be home by noon on Saturday. Keep our camp, campers and sponsors in your prayers.

Pray for safety and revelation in our lives that will change hearts in powerful ways.

I’m excited about this Sunday as we will host Will Bannister and the Modern-Day Ramblers for Pioneer Sunday. It will be a tremendous opportunity for us to celebrate our community’s and congregation’s Christian heritage. We get to dress up country and sing some gospel songs. I’ll bring a gospel message about a Journey Interrupted from Acts 9.

God bless you all as we keep walking this wonderful adventurous journey with Him and one another.

Walking with you,


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