Pray For SummerSalt 2016

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Grace Batton

Grace is interning with the communications group at the South Carolina Baptist Convention. She is a senior at USC studying public relations communication with a cognate in Spanish and business. During her free time she enjoys running, practicing photography, spending time with her husband Adam, and playing with her dog Chester.

 

IMG_4997The warm sun shines down on White Oak Convention Center as kids splash in the pool or lake, play ping pong, listen to relevant biblical life lessons from camp counselors, compete in high ropes courses, and sit in the grass with a bible open during devotional time.

As students, chaperones, adults and pastors gather, the presence and movement of the Spirit is evident in everything: the worship, water games, engaging conversations, basketball games, friendships, and new beginnings.

Every activity is another opportunity to learn about Christ and how to apply the gospel to everyday life.

This is SummerSalt, South Carolina Baptist Convention’s summer camp for students. During the months of June and July, students sixth through eighth grade arrive at camp to experience a week of action-packed activities, worship, devotionals, sermons, and to learn more about God. Even third through fifth graders can experience this opportunity in the last week of camp, KidSalt.

To seasoned camp counselor Joani Collins, SummerSalt is an opportunity to encourage students to go deeper in their personal relationship with God by saturating everything in the gospel.

“The best part about working at SummerSalt is that I get to be with students that are here because they want to know about Christ,” Joani said. “I get the privilege of being able to communicate that to them every single day.”

Joani explained that students get put into different bible study groups, and in that group they hear a bible study during the day, participate in challenging team games, choose a subject-specific breakout session to attend, compete with other groups in water games, watch a drama production, hear gospel presentations, and come together for worship.

Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 2.17.45 PM“We see God moving at SummerSalt through the discipleship they receive throughout the week,” Joani said. “We see a gradual life transformation.”

The purpose of SummerSalt is to remove campers from the distractions of every day life and to bring them into a place where all that they hear is the message of the gospel.

“A really big drive of Summer Salt is to show campers that to be a Christian is to live a life that is about Christ and not about us . . . My prayer is that they learn that their highest calling in life is to love the Lord, because nothing else they put their time, money, and effort towards will ever mean more than learning to love the Lord more deeply,” Joani said.

We encourage you to pray fervently for the work of God to be accomplished through SummerSalt, and that campers would grow in their love for Christ.

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