Summer Camp Testimony: A Changed Life!

Breakaway’s summer camp is almost here and we are going to be hosting the largest camp we’ve ever had in nine years!

I want to post a testimony from the mother of a youth who has been impacted by this incredible ministry.

CAMP2013-515sKobie came to summer camp for the first time three years ago. Both of his parents were incarcerated, and his mother had just been released at the time he received a scholarship to attend camp.

During that first summer camp experience, Kobie showed up with somewhat of a chip on his shoulder. He showed signs of a kid with some anger issues. He struggled at first to respect leaders, and almost got into a fight with another camper. But our camp staff was disciplined, patient, and loving in helping Kobie settle in and realize that he was in a safe place to be open about his struggles.

One night there was a particular incident where Kobie had been in a conflict, and as we worked to resolve that issue he broke down in remorse. He cried. We prayed with him. Then he cried some more and we prayed some more.

We saw a noticeable change in Kobie from that moment on. Read more

Summer Camp for At-Risk Youth/Children

We are just a few weeks away from launching our 9th annual summer camp for at-risk youth, prisoners’ kids, and disadvantaged children.

It’s hard to believe that nearly a decade has gone by since that first camping experience in 2007. We’ve seen so many changed lives, including maturing youth leaders (disciples) who will be serving at camp this year! At one time they were just nine or ten year old campers themselves, hearing the Gospel for the first time at summer camp. This year, they will be serving as cabin leaders, recreation coordinators, team captains, and bearing other leadership responsibilities.

Making disciples and shaping future leaders is what summer camp is all about!!! Read more

AW Tozer Quotes: Science, Philosophy, Pride of Man

AW Tozer Quotes

In his masterpiece The Knowledge of The Holy, A.W. Tozer writes:

The human mind, being created, has an understandable uneasiness about the Uncreated. We do not find it comfortable to allow for the presence of One who is wholly outside of the circle of our familiar knowledge. We tend to be disquieted by the thought of One who does not account to us for His being, who is responsible to no one, who is self-existent, self-dependent and self-sufficient.

Philosophy and science have not always been friendly toward the idea of God, the reason being that they are dedicated to the task of accounting for things and are impatient with anything that refuses to give an account of itself. The philosopher and the scientist will admit that there is much that they do not know; but that is quite another from admitting that there is something which they can never know, which indeed they have no technique for discovering. To admit that there is One who lies beyond us, who exists outside of all our categories, who will not be dismissed with a name, who will not appear before the bar of our reason, nor submit to our curious inquiries: this requires a great deal of humility, more than most of us possess, so we save face by thinking God down to our level, or at least down to where we can manage Him.

Yet how He eludes us! For He is everywhere while He is nowhere, for “where” has to do with matter and space, and God is independent of both. He is unaffected by time or motion, is wholly self-dependent and owes nothing to the worlds His hands have made.

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You and Me Forever: Francis and Lisa Chan

We’ve started reading Francis and Lisa Chan’s You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity as part of a group Bible study. Already, and we’re only through chapter one, we are seeing this book is a very unique marriage book. Consider these words in the introduction:

Even now, I am working to make sure that my family is set up for the future. When most people make that statement, they are talking about financial security for their last few years on earth. When I say it, I’m referring to the millions of years that come after that. People accuse me of going overboard in preparing for my first ten million years in eternity. In my opinion, people go overboard in worrying about their last ten years on earth.

Think about it: How many people do you know who talk like this?

It’s very refreshing to read a marriage book with a true eternal perspective rather than just the typical–aim for marital bliss, or personal happiness, here on earth.

Too many couples aim first for a “happy” Christian marriage, then consider God’s glory as a secondary benefit. Consequently, after many years together, they wonder why their joy is so incomplete. But those who shoot for God’s glory first end up with a lasting joy that is sustained over the long run.

Thank you Francis and Lisa for writing this very needed book in our churches today! Marriages today need to return to an eternal perspective centered around God’s glory as their primary aim. The flames of that kind of romanticism and passion are greatly underestimated with Christian couples today.