I want to thank God and thank you for your prayer and support that came in for both our recent camps. They were amazing! About 70 children attended our Hebron Children's Camp, and right from the start there was a sense of peace and happiness! (I can assure you this doesn't always happen!).
When I looked at the food scrap bucket the first night, it was totally empty. They ate everything! When they had games, they were all so happy. They didn't mind who won or who lost! (I can assure you this does not always happen!).
This year about 40 of those who came were first-time campers and they all made a commitment to Jesus. About 30 were campers who had been before, and they made renewed commitments. God touched everybody as we had prayed. I was able to ask a few children after the camp's closing about their experience - they had enjoyed everything. One older girl said God showed her to be more obedient at home - the stories were on Joseph. Another girl said that God had healed her of a heart condition. A smaller boy said God had changed his life, but he could not explain in what way! I saw a pastor's son (he's about 11) sitting at the back during Holy Spirit night and explaining to another boy exactly what was going on. His parents were so pleased to hear about that later.
We have just finished the camp for disabled people as well. Probably about 60 came. It was a bit quiet to start with, partly because we had been hoping for more people to come. But on the next day, wow what a change. It was lovely to see the people with disabilities feeling free to be themselves and share with each other what is on their hearts. They had so much fun and laughter too. The thalidomide boy with no lower arms or lower legs could run. A wheelchair user man was not embarrassed to crawl to the swimming pool - he enjoyed it so much. One woman shared later that she knew about this camp but felt it was beneath her to attend. But she came and and so enjoyed it and was refreshed spiritually too.
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