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.