The Elim Arrival was honored to return back to NEICSC on Sunday, July 24.
This camp is so precious to us, not only because of our love for all the campers and the relationships we have built, but also because this is the place where God showed in a mighty way what the Elim mission is all about.
The first year The Elim Arrival lead worship at NEICSC was the beginning of something beautiful. One of the nights during camp, Elim lead the students in worship that opened up a time of intimacy with the Lord. The instruments were overwhelmed by the sound of weeping, the melodies were knit together with a fabric of brokenness, and the voices were overcome with a cry of desperation. This was a night that the team took as confirmation from God.
We believe the Lord was affirming what the team was doing and directing our path. This camp has been so foundational in why we do what we do and so it is always such a blessing to return and lead the students in a time of worship.
The theme at camp this summer, as mentioned in a previous blog post, is "Heroes". It is a week where students are learning about the Heroes of Faith that we find in God’s Word and dwelling on their Godly characteristics. One day was devoted to the fact that “Heroes pursue.” We see it throughout movies, songs and many other forms of life that most of the time the “Hero” is always pursuing that which is good.
When we take this into the context of the Christian walk of faith, what is the Christian “Hero” to pursue? Although we see the Heroes of Faith in the Bible falling on their face on numerous occasions, we do see one consistent pursuit in all of them. They all pursue God and His righteousness.
As Jesus beautifully said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
Often we are so consumed and distracted by our other pursuits that we don’t pursue God first. In His perfect time He gives us what we need. Often we walk too far behind God or way ahead of Him when we need to walk close behind Him.
Warren Curry, the speaker on Monday Night, said so beautifully “Sacrifice now, celebrate later.” Let us seek God until we find Him, run after our call with all of our being and most importantly pursue God in love with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.
-On behalf of the Well of Iowa and The Elim Arrival