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Dear Teen Camp Parents

  

It’s only a few days away from teen camp! There is an excitement building in the hearts of the teens – and it’s with that in mind that I wanted to write this letter to you, the teen parents.

Our expectation for this years camp is high – God has been stirring our hearts for some time now that He desires these young people to know Him and come into a deep and lasting relationship with Him.  For many (if not all) of our teens, this is a critical time in their lives.  Many lives are hanging in the balance.  They are being wooed by the world with a ferocious intensity while God is calling to them with shouts of mercy.  What many of them want to do, they find themselves unable to do and the very things that they don’t want to do they do over and over again leading to shame, sorrow, and bondage.  Our families are being attacked daily by Satan and his agents.

Our expectation is that we all have an encounter with the LORD during this camp.  Our expectation is that lives are changed.  That hearts are opened and healed by our merciful God.  God longs for each teen to be free!  I know that He is going to work in a mighty and powerful way to work towards this freedom in your teens life! No matter what they are dealing with as they come to camp, our God is mighty to save!

But then here is the thing – after a week at camp, we return to normal life. That’s where you come in.

I have never felt more strongly in my heart that your role as the parents of the teens coming to camp is critical to their lasting and life-long stand for Christ.  I appeal to you with all of my heart that you not look at the week your teen is away at camp as a vacation for you away from them.  I am sure you home will be quieter and there will be a reprieve for you – enjoy it.  But do not be unaware of the critical moment this is for your teen’s life.  Fight for them in prayer while they are at camp.  Intercede for them.  Cry out to your God for the sake of these precious lives.

I am not naive to think that your teen will return and everything in your home and relationship with them will be suddenly perfect.  But here is my plea to you:

Prepare your heart and your home to receive your teen when they return.

If your teen returns with the fire of God in their soul and they find your heart and home unprepared to foster that flame, the likelihood of it being quenched is high.  May it not be so.  But if your own heart and home is prepared to receive them when they return home, they will find an important partner in their quest to remain faithful unto the end.

May this week be a time of your own encounter with an amazing God who is certainly not confined to the limits of teen camp.  Thanks for your prayers.  We’ll certainly be praying for you.

2 Responses to “Dear Teen Camp Parents”

  1. on 27 Jul 2011 at 3:35 pmTerry Garcia

    Dear Victor,

    Thank you so much for your advise and encouragement. Yes, we will pray daily for all the teens and the leaders. We have also prayed for the development and organizing of all the camp activities. We are blessed that our daughter can be united with other teens with God being their focus. We are thrilled that our daughter looks forward to teen camp each year. God bless you, and the team.

    Love Terry

  2. on 28 Jul 2011 at 9:34 pmRose Testa

    I am ready to serve the Almighty God and will do whatever He asks me to do. I dont know what to expect, except one thing, God will be there to heal, deliver and encourage every persons heart.
    I am looking forward to seeing God work in the lives of our teens and adults. He is mighty and powerful and an AWESOME GOD!

    In Service to the Most High God! What a privilege. This is most likely going to be one of the most memoriable weeks of my life and I am praying that it will be also for all the teens. One they will never forget!

    Love to all
    Rose Testa

  

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