August 9th E-votional

For this week’s e-votionals, I wanted to share something that two people wrote about Art & Music camp.  They were going to share these messages on the Sunday after camp, but could not make it to worship.

“Hello, this was my fourth year being a camper.  This year I was in Ms. Carol’s Blacksmith’s group.  I had a lot of fun learning how God made us, how He is always for us, how He is always with us, how His love will alst forever, and that God has plans for us.  I really enjoyed camp, especially art, drama, and the snacks.  Thank you Pastor Christ and everyone else that took time to make this past week so special for all of us.”

“Hello, I was a helper this year in Mr. Terry’s Potter’s group at Art and Muisc Camp.  This was my second year being a helper and both years brought me exciting, fun, and new experiences everyday.  Being a helper is just like being a camper because we get to do all the fun activiies that the campers do, but we also get to watch the kids and make sure they’re having a good time.  Thank you to Pastor Chris, Ms. Diane, Mss. Sue, and all the adult volunteers for making this a fund time for both me and th ecampers.  I really enjoyed being here the past four years.  Thank you again.”

Both of these young people will probably never attend our church regularly, in fact they belong to other churches.  That isn’t why we participate in Art & Music camp.  These notes remind us why we put in long hours working not just for Art & Music camp, but for all the other missions and ministries of UPB.  We do it to reach out, to share God’s love, to help people, and to hope that they draw closer in their own walk with God.  We don’t engage in mission work, hoping to get anything in return, but instead, to try to further the Kingdom of God.  It isn’t about us, it is about God and the work God has called us to.

Mark 9:36-37: “Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.'”

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