It is hard to believe that we are halfway through camp already. The time is really flying by and we are having a great week. Today was a pretty typical day for us, even down to the time the thunderstorms roll in during free time.
I have been really encouraged by this group of students and their interaction with each other this week. We have had a few minor setbacks, but for the most part they seem to be enjoying each other and even reaching out to make new friends.
This afternoon I took 10 of our boys with me on the snorkeling excursion to Ginnie Springs. It is easily 10-15 degrees colder than the spring here at Kulaqua. Needless to say, these guys don’t have much insulation so they were freezing. It was a little better when we ventured into the Santa Fe River, but still a cold journey. We had a first this year… in all my years here I’ve never seen a gator, but that changed today. Luckily we had already gotten out of the water, but we looked across from one of the springs to see a nice 5-footer sunning on a log. We were all pretty glad we didn’t see him in the water.
We capped the day off with a powerful time of worship and the Word! Mario did a great job explaining the big picture of the Bible – God’s plan and purpose for our lives and the story of the Gospel. Many of our students were challenged and were asking great questions about faith and being assured of their salvation during small group time.
Our late night activity was a church hang nite, so I reserved the gym and let them go wild playing dodgeball. They were excited and are looking forward to the dodgeball tournament tomorrow. We also have our tubing excursion tomorrow down the Itchmetouchme (not quite spelled or pronounced that way) River. It will be a big day and our last full day at camp, so keep praying for our safety and that God continue the work He has started!