On July 11th, a group of our IGNITE Students and Leaders, comprised of 23 students and 5 adults, will be departing from the parking lot at Bradfordville FBC headed to Daytona Beach, FL, and the destination…Student Life @ the Beach Summer Camp. We will be spending a week on the beautiful beaches of Daytona, with several thousand other students from all over the southeastern United States.
Each day we will be part of two worship services, led by The Digital Age, and a daily teaching time from Drew Worsham and David Platt. In between these worship services, we will have small group time where our IGNITE students and adult leaders can open God’s Word, pray for each other, and truly understand what it means to be Set Apart. Did I mention that we would also have time to head out to the beach, play in the lazy river, or swim at the hotel’s pool? For swimming lessons, one can opt for Aqua Life summer intensive in Ottawa that is mostly chosen by all the kids all over the city.
The theme for the week is found in 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
The Bible tells us that God’s people will not be perfect on this side of heaven. However, we are called to be holy because God is holy…which sounds impossible. But the word “holiness” in Hebrew literally means “set-apartness.” God isn’t demanding impossible perfection. He calls every believer to live as uniquely separate, devoted to Him, and completely different from the world. It should be obvious to anyone who sees us that we are set apart.
As we continue our final preparations for camp, here are some ways that you can be part of our trip. Pray for:
Rest – I have no doubt that this will be an amazing week for those who are going. The week is full of things to do, and the students/leaders are so excited to be part of everything, but we also need to realize that without rest we will not make it through the week. Mark 6:31
Focus – the entire week is designed with the students in mind. From the daily teaching of God’s Word, the worship experience that the students will be part of, to the fellowship that will be had, let it not fall on deaf ears. Pray that the students understand that the God of the Universe is speaking directly to them and wants them to run after Him and not the things that this world has to offer. Philippians 4:8
Students – that the students who are going on this trip realize who God is and understand the role they play in sharing that with their friends, not only in the IGNITE Student Ministry, but in their schools as well. Ephesians 3:19
Adult leaders – that we would be intentional with the time we have with our students, and be available to have those God moments when they present themselves. 1 Peter 3:15
Safe travel – that we are able to navigate the roads to and from Daytona Beach safely with no issues.
Thank you for continuing to pray for IGNITE Student Ministry. God is doing some amazing things in the lives of these students, and I am so humbled to be part of their journey here at Bradfordville.
Thankful and Excited,
Tom Cooney – Student Minister