Camp Impact: Rev. Ian HeinzeRead Now
Camp Impact: Rev. Ian Heinze
We confess that God works through means. With great joy we hold on to the Means of Grace that God has promised to work through to seal us in the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. Through Baptism, He transfers us from the kingdom of Satan to the kingdom of God, washing away our sin by putting us to death and raising us to new life. Through Absolution, Christ continues to return us to our Baptismal grace by forgiving our sin. Through the Lord’s Supper, Christ delivers His own Body and Blood for us to eat and drink for the forgiveness of sin, unity with Him, divine grace, and the promise of life eternal. The promised Means of Grace are gifts to be greatly treasured!
We further rejoice that God also makes use of other things as His instruments in the world. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ. God’s Word does all the work! Yet God’s Word comes to us in a multitude of ways. One of those ways is through the labor of Camp CILCA.
We confess that God works through means. As far as I know, I am reasonably convinced that without the Holy Spirit’s work through Camp CILCA as His instrument, I would not be an active member of the Body of Christ today. I believe that I would certainly not be attending seminary without the dedicated labor of Camp CILCA. God uses Camp CILCA as an instrument to richly bless His church. He uses Camp CILCA as a means to create, strengthen, and sustain faith in both campers and staff through His Word.
I hold my time at Camp CILCA as one of the greatest treasures God has gifted to me. I have met life-long friends along the way. I met my wonderful wife through Camp CILCA. Yet above all these delightful treasures, I rejoice that God has worked, and continues to work through Camp CILCA as an instrument to create, strengthen, and sustain my faith, and the next generation of campers and counselors.
Camp IMPACT: Mrs. Katie SchuermannRead Now
Camp Impact: Mrs. Katie Schuermann
Growing up, I attended a public school situated in the middle of a cornfield. My high school graduating class was a whopping, record-breaking 52 students-big, and most of those students were boys and girls with whom I had shared classrooms, locker rooms, and buses for twelve years straight.
There is much good that comes from rubbing elbows with the exact same people for so many years in a row — not the least of which is ample practice at forgiving and being forgiven — but the corporate affection of a tight-knit community quickly grows hostile toward any individual whose will is opposed to the mob. Put plainly, a Christian girl intent on living a “chaste and decent life” is seen as a downer, if not an outright threat, to the party life of youths indulging in drunkenness and sexual promiscuity.
And so, Camp CILCA became a welcome respite for this Christian girl. It was a place that encouraged and celebrated chaste and decent living by structuring attendees’ schedules around the hearing, singing, and studying of the Word of God as well as daily, hourly physical activity that pointed toward, not the satisfaction of self but the service of others. Camp CILCA also expanded my social connections beyond my immediate community, taking some of the pressure off the often-isolating interactions with my peers at home. I now had friends across the state and beyond. What was a little shunning from my hometown classmates?
Camp CILCA was formative for me, helping me to see beyond the immediate and to delay gratification, yearning and striving for what is best in life, namely a life centered on the forgiveness, life, and salvation of Jesus Christ and His promise to make all things new on the Last Day.
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