IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT WBA YOUTH CAMP…
At theWBA Youth Camp Committee meeting on Saturday, January 8, 2022, it was decided that it was time to conclude this ministry, which began in 1947.
For the past several years, even before the coming of COVID, numbers of 4th-12th graders attending have been declining, as well as the numbers of WBA pastors and other volunteers involved.
The committee has been wrestling with God’s will for the future of camp, earnestly praying, for several months. During that process, God led us to examine our location and our focus. He also led us to look hard at our human resources.
After several years of working with either a bare minimum of volunteers or less, we did not receive enough this year to meet our reduced bare minimum. This is no one’s failure. Times have changed. Time pastors and laypeople have available has changed. The Gospel has not changed, but is it time to make some changes in how we share it?
As we looked at the Scriptures(Proverbs 3:5-6, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Romans 8:28), we became convinced that, although it causes pain and grief to end youth camp, it is time to follow the Lord in a new direction.
WHAT IS THAT NEW DIRECTION?
We see the Lord moving us away from WBA “y’all-come-here” events, to I as your associational missionary coming to your church and seeing how the Lord would have WBA resources help you reach people for Christ. Since you and your church, along with 18 other congregations, are the WBA, those resources may include our churches helping one another.
So, would you, please, help me answer this question:
WHAT IS/ARE THE WAY(S) WE CAN HELP YOUR CHURCH REACH YOUNG PEOPLE FOR CHRIST?
I’m so very grateful for WBA Youth Camp Committee leader Dee Lockard, WBA pastors Mark Weeks, Jim Jeffries, and Keith Aguila, and all the others who have served on the committee, and all who have volunteered at camp, over the years, both during my time here, and before. Souls have been saved. Believers have been discipled. Young disciples have been called into missions and ministry. It has been an outstanding success!
We grieve, but we are confident that the Lord is leading us to this decision, therefore, He has something new He wants to do with, in, and through us!
WBA Associational Missionary