While students are learning a tremendous about of biblical truth inside the classroom, lessons learned gain significance within the small group setting. Each student is out into a small group with 3-6 students. These groups eat together, bunk near each other, and also discuss lecture materiel.
After two morning lectures and lunch on Tuesday afternoon, students meet with their small groups for an hour of discussion.
Lauren talked with her students about the evangelism practicum on Wednesday. "Only Christ has the power to change lives when we witness," she explained.
In another group, Allison sat with her students in a small circle. "We spent time talking about having a burning desire to know God and talking about distractions that keep us from being for Christ," she said.
After small group time, students scattered for three hours of free time. Allison walked with two of her students, and they talked about what they are passionate about. One of the girls shared how her parents work on an Indian reservation and what God is teaching her through relationships with children on the reservation.
Also during free time, a few girls sat in the grass playing a guitar while a frisbee game played out nearby. Across campus, several guys started a Foosball tournament.
In addition to spending quality time with the college staff, students were also able to spend time with the faculty members. Jeff Baldwin jumped into the frisbee game, and Randy Sims played Kickback with Lucas. Afterwards, Randy said that it was the first time he's ever lost to a student!
The evening need with lectures from both Jeff and Randy and Night at the Movies - a students favorite - by faculty member Josh Fairbaugh. Before lights out, students had T-Time with their small groups. During this time, staff ask students each night for their "digits", a method of rating camp on a scale of one to five. Staff calls this Digital Download. One student told small group leader Tim that his week was a 50 out of 5.
Pray for student as they leave campus on Wednesday for an Evangelism Practicum. May God give them grace and courage to apply all that they have been learning in the classroom in an unstaged opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.