Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Meet Jacqueline

Jacqueline Williams is our Adventure for the City Site Coordinator for Glorieta Camps.

Your Name: Jacqueline Williams

Age: 26

College/University: Louisiana State University

Degree: Religious Studies

Favorite Verse, Why?: Joshua 1: 9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” I love this verse because it’s such a great reminder that God is always there. No matter what we’re dealing with or going through the Lord promises to always be there. He’s not a God who just shows up when He wants to, but He walks through life with us. He shows even in the Old Testament how much He wants a relationship with us, and we don’t have to be afraid because the Creator of the universe is on our side. How cool is that?

What are some of your interests, hobbies, passions?: There are so many things that I love to do. I love to travel and see different parts of the world. I love all the different cultures and seeing all of God’s creation. I also love country western dancing. I’m not that great at it, but I love learning and getting better. I love going to sporting events like NHL games (Go Preds), MLB (Go Braves), and college football (Geaux Tigers). I also love playing sports. However, I’m always up for an adventure!

Why did you choose Glorieta Camps?: I’ve always heard of Glorieta Camps growing up. My aunt and uncle started a church about 15 minutes away in Eldorado, and they asked me to come out to be their children’s intern. It sounded like an amazing opportunity, and I lived on Glorieta’s campus. A job opened up at Glorieta, and I jumped at the opportunity. I love the camping ministry. I think it allows us to experience Christ in a complete different way than church. I love what Glorieta stands for inspiring Christlike change in outdoor adventure, authentic relationships, and Biblical Truth to change the world. We pray that Christ will use us to make a difference in our community and surrounding areas.

Why do you work with Day Camps?: There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing a child starting to understand what it means to have a relationship with Christ. Their faith is so pure and authentic. Working with Day Camp is the greatest jobs because we literally get to tell kids about Jesus. Kids are often a second thought in the world, but it is so important to invest in them now so they have a solid foundation of Christ. They are the next generation, and my hope is that their generation takes a better stand for Christ than my generation. They are the future, but more importantly they matter to Christ now. It blows my mind that God would trust me with an important task as to tell kids of His love.

If you had one super power, what would it be and why?: If I had a superpower it would definitely be flying. I love traveling so much! I could save a ton of money if I could simply fly myself there.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Meet the Director!

Name: 
Joshua Nelson

Position: 
Director of Day Camps & Adventure for the City

Age: 
27

College/University: 
Grand Canyon University

Degree: 
Applied Management

Favorite Verse, Why?: 
Galatians 5: 13 For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another.
-       This verse is just a reminder to me that my freedom in Christ was bought, and that purchase was not for me to live selfishly for my own desires, but instead serve the Lord by loving and serving those around me.

What are some of your interests, hobbies, passions?:
For me I really enjoy messing around in my yard, I enjoy landscaping and gardening.  Since moving to Glorieta in September, I have realized I am in for an adjustment, Texas has much different winters.  I also really love music, especially worship.  I have a tendency to greatly connect with God during worship and I truly value that time. 

Why did you choose Glorieta Camps?:
I have been working for our sister camp, Camp Eagle for the past 8 years, it has been a place where I feel like God frequents me most.  I have seen the Lord work in such incredible ways through the years and have faithfully seen Him come through in incredible ways to bless this ministry.  When the opportunity came to move to Glorieta I was a bit hesitant, but felt God truly pushing me to make the move with my wife out here to start this program and to be a faithful servant to those who will come through the gates at Glorieta as well as to the people living here.  I was told to frequent the places that God frequents you, so I plan on being in this ministry for a long time.

Why do you work with Day Camps?:
I have always had a passion to lead students to Christ.  I love their excitement and zeal for learning new things and their ability to see through the haze of the world and get straight to what God has for them.  It is an impressionable time in their lives and I hope to glorify God by speaking Truth to these young lives and to encourage them further towards Him.

If you had one super power, what would it be and why?:

I am one for the power of flight, I wish I could just fly where ever I wanted to be and not have to deal with the transit of land, but get a perspective of the world from a view from above.  Who doesn’t want to fly?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Explaining the Gospel to Children

While laying out the Gospel is not something that is an easy task, it can become even more difficult when trying to explain it to a child.  For most, the difficulty comes with how to express some of the complex concepts while putting it in terms that a child can understand.  Here are a few critical steps that need to be explained in order to allow a child to fully grasp what the Gospel is.

God is perfect, and he created everything, because of this it makes him in charge.
(Genesis 1:1)

Humans are not perfect (that's us!).  We break God's laws and do things that make God angry all the time.  The Bible calls this sin, and we are all sinners.
(Romans 3:23)

When we sin and disobey God, we deserve to be punished.  The Bible says that the punishment for disobeying God and sinning is death - this is separation from God forever (Hell).
(Romans 6:23)

Because God loves us, he provided a way for us to be rescued from sin and punishment.  He sent his son Jesus to Earth.  Jesus is 100% human AND 100% God, so he is perfect.  He lived a perfect life and never sinned.  He kept all of God's laws.
(John 3:16, Hebrews 4:15)

Since Jesus never sinned, he did not deserve to die, but he willingly chose to take our punishment and die in our place - as our substitute.
(John 3:16, Romans 5:8)

When Jesus died, he didn't stay dead.  God brought him back to life after 3 days, and he is still alive today!  This shows us that God accepted Jesus' prefect sacrifice for our sin.
(1 Peter 3:18)

In order to be rescued from sin and punishment, you need to ask God to forgive you for breaking his laws and disobeying him (sinning), believe that Jesus lived a perfect life, died, and came back to life after 3 days, and tell God that you want him to be in charge of your life.
(Romans 10:9)

We believe that these concepts are crucial in explaining the gospel to kids.  Using the Bible to understand these concepts yourself is critical, as well as using it to explain it to your children.