Submitted by Pastor Andrew Sanders, Fairfax United Methodist Church

Psalm 71:17-18 ESV: O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.

Do you ever find yourself wondering what will the future hold for the generations behind you? I know I do. Because of this concern I try to remember the things that I was taught in my youth. How many of us remember the lessons of our youth? We can be thankful for the countless Christian or non-Christian women and men who took the time to mentor us, to be concerned with who we would be in the future. There are so many times where people wish that the world was better and they ask themselves “what can I do as one person to make a difference?”

Here is your chance! A few weeks ago I talked about an amazing opportunity for our youth 6-12 years old. I am talking of the non-denominational mobile camp that is coming to Atchison County. This is a huge deal as it is truly a camp experience (not a VBS) brought to our front doors. For $75 we can send a child to a real camp without them having to go and spend the night anywhere, instead from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., June 3 – 7, our children will be enjoying team building activities and discipleship opportunities that a regular church camp offers, and enjoy activities to match. The activities include a 30 foot water slide, a full scale rock wall to climb, laser tag, bungie swing, gaga ball, archery and much more.

Why does this matter to you? Whether you have kids of your own or are just concerned about the generations behind you this is a great way to start a mentorship process with the youth. Send them to camp, talk to them about camp, let them share their experiences while you share your memories with them. Don’t just let camp be an event but let it become the catalyst that creates change in these kids’ lives.

This is a call for us as a community to surround our kids not just for one week but for a lifetime. This camp is usually only reserved for big communities and yet the facilitators of the camp sees the worth of bringing the camp to our kids into our smaller towns. We love our towns and we know our worth in God’s eyes – now let us be the beacon of light to show our kids their worth.

O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Let us use every resource available to lift up the generations behind us and make new disciples for the transformation of the world. Let us be the ones that are talked about for generations because of the strength that we have instilled within those that follow us through being true mentors to them.

Register at: eaglelakecamps.com/camp/atchisoncounty. If you have any questions please contact Tarkio United Methodist Church, 660-736-4206.

Thank you for your willingness to mentor and disciple our youth.