Summer 2015 Snapshot - Undefeated Sports Camp VBS

Undefeated! More than Conquerors!

We live in a society saturated by competition and excellence.  It permeates our vocabulary, even in the business world.  We strategize by trying to define the ‘win’ for a program or project.  To be undefeated is the ultimate sign of victory.

A sports camp titled “Undefeated” was sure to appeal to our highly competitive, extremely successful student athletes.  We do have a state championship team in town, after all!  But how was this message going to connect to our Christian character, and to God?

Romans 8:37-39 was the key.  “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

All week long we learned about athletes and teams who overcame obstacles and faced amazing challenges; about how Jesus showed his amazing power during his time on earth; and how Jesus overcame the greatest challenge in death, and is still Undefeated!

The UWSportsMinistry team was once again amazing.  These young people came in and ran a fantastic camp with a lot of energy, great coaching, and a great message.  Our Bethany volunteers stepped out of their personal comfort zones to lead by example and grew personally in the process.  Our host families were incredible, and their hospitality made the athletes feel welcome and appreciated.

I’m thankful for Spencer, Amanda, Jacqueline, Jacquie, Mia, Kelsey, Alex and Zac.  I’m thankful for the example they set for our young people, and the sacrifice they make to be on the road leading camps like ours all summer long.  I’m thankful they spent this week with us, and that our children could be taught by them.

The children who came to sports camp loved it.  They worked hard and played hard.  They made personal sacrifices to be here, participate, and even do a little homework.  My prayer is that the seeds of faith planted here outlast the memories.

Most of our student athletes memorized Romans 8:37-39 during their week at camp.  They learned how they are more than conquerors – undefeated – though God’s love and sacrifice.  That’s the ‘win’ for this event.

To God Be the Glory!

Shari Schwedhelm