It was another great year for MVP Camp at North Cincinnati Community Church! This despite the MAJOR road construction project limiting access to the church (the normally busy, two-way, paved road is currently a rutted, gravel path only open to the church driveway from one direction),
and MAJOR thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday.
By God’s provision, the storms caused only a short delay on Monday evening, allowing the sports activities to go ahead as planned. Tuesday the rain ended before camp started but returned later, resulting in a very soggy end to the evening. Quite incredibly, though, we were blessed both evenings with double rainbows, great displays of God’s promise and handiwork!
Even though the rain ended in time on Monday and Tuesday, we still decided to run some of the outdoor adventure camp activities inside to avoid having the children spend 90 minutes sitting on the completely saturated ground! The outdoor safety, first aid, and surprisingly the setting up camp, portions were easily adapted to the indoor setting. Every year things get a little smoother, and this year was no exception, even with the weather issues. Experience is certainly a good teacher.
Wednesday and Thursday turned out to be the two nicest evenings in the history of MVP camp with low humidity and temperatures in 70s, which is rather unusual for late July here in southwestern Ohio! As usual, we ended our outdoor adventure camp activities on Thursday night with the most popular and anticipated event of the week, the campfire and s’mores, enjoyed while we watched an amazing display of God’s handiwork unfold across the western sky.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky
above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1 (ESV)
The week wrapped up on Friday evening with the closing rally. This was a chance for the children and their parents to watch a video presentation of the week’s activities and performances by the children in the music and ballet tracks, hear a testimony from one of the track leaders, and closing remarks from our youth pastor. The evening concluded with a gallery of artwork from the children in the art track and lively time of fellowship and refreshments.
Attendance was down a bit this year, around 120 children. But, this is not too surprising given the road construction that quite likely limited the number of last-minute, walk-in registrants, which in past years has been fairly significant. Based on the numbers in the outdoor adventure camp, I suspect we drew good attendance from outside our church again this year. We had 18 children in outdoor adventure camp, with eight of them coming from outside our church.
But, even with the lower attendance, it was a great week, and the children had a wonderful time learning new skills in their chosen pursuits and about the Most Valuable Pursuit of all, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2013.