Day three of Kids Camp is in the books, and man, was it one to remember! We started the day at Pump It Up, where the kids had a grand ole time on the bounce houses. We then went to lunch and tasted the quintessential American meal: cheeseburgers and fries. Afterwards was nap time and then a story and craft time where we learned about Adam and Eve’s temptation and first sin. The evening was filled with a Thanksgiving celebration, where we ate a delicious Thanksgiving meal and had fun crafts and games that were all about being thankful. The gospel message of salvation was illustrated through the process of carving a pumpkin, which I had never seen done before! Then it was off to bed so everyone could be well rested for the fun things the next day has to hold!
Today I was reminded of the diversity of the Church, and it was such a beautiful picture to behold. I watched as friendships were formed and deepened between Chinese and American boys, despite the fact that they had no means to verbally communicate with each other.
One boy, Carson, approached a translator to learn how to say his American buddy’s name. I spent the afternoon working alongside my international friends from Samford who were there translating. With them, I honed my Cat’s Cradle game skills and through these efforts spending sweet time with a boy who had previously seemed pretty unsure of these Americans. It felt like a victory. Families who’d adopted in the past returned to help out at Kids Camp, toting their kids with them, and they eagerly reached out to our eleven kiddos.
All of these people came together because of one great Love. God is the personification of Love. He demonstrates His love in the grace He extends to us. We have a perfect example of love in Christ’s ministry. It was messy and unpopular—He befriended those on the outskirts of society—but it was true, pure love that He offered. We are called us to live as Christ, to love our neighbors, and to care for the orphan and widow. Despite all the cultural differences to overcome and the logistical difficulties it took to make today happen, the Gospel was on display in a beautiful way today.
On several occasions today I was struck by what a unique opportunity it is to be a part of Kids Camp. We live in a culture where it is so common for people to go on international missions trips, I feel like it’s easy to lose sight of the main objective. What a unique opportunity it is, though, to bring the mission here! Why not bring eleven sweet kiddos over from Chongqing, China, and provide for them a fun-filled and gospel-centered experience they surely had never before had? What’s more, little do the children know that while they’re all here, wearing us down with their unending energy and contagious laughs, Lifeline is advocating for their forever families. We aim to teach them reconciliation through sharing the stories in the Bible, but on a much grander scale the gospel will be demonstrated to them in being invited into a family and loved despite whatever difficulties and imperfections they may struggle with—just as the Lord does with us.
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” -Romans 8:15-17
written by Claire Blackmon, Lifeline Intern
Lifeline Kids Camp is a valuable time for us to show the love of Christ to these children and their caretakers. For more information about Kids Camp or how you can show your support, visit lifelinechild.org/kidscamp.