It’s been a busy, but exciting, couple weeks for the ROC staff. Noelle and I had the privilege of serving at Ohio Valley Christian Assembly’s senior high week of camp as well as Round Lake Christian Camp’s Paintball Camp. We both thoroughly enjoyed our time meeting students, guiding group discussions, and sharing about the ministry of Reach Out on Campus. I also greatly appreciated the opportunity to preach at both camps. Certainly, one of the highlights of a week like these is seeing students make decisions to follow Christ. We had 3 campers make decisions for Christ during Paintball camp. 2 students chose to accept Christ and be baptized, and one student made the decision to rededicate his life to Jesus. It was an honor to be able to baptize one of those campers at the end of the week in the lake at camp! Praise God for working in the lives of the students at both Round Lake and OVCA.
July also looks to be a busy month for ROC as well. July 14-17th we are heading to Vincennes, IN to serve with Helping His Hands disaster relief ministry. ROC served with HHH during Spring Break in 2018 where we traveled to Wallace, NC to assist homeowners who had been impacted by Hurricane Florence. We are looking forward to reconnecting with our friends from HHH and helping out in their hometown and base of operations in Indiana.
Later in July I’ll also be heading to Angola, IN to participate in Lake James’ Camp School of Missions. Throughout the week I’ll have the opportunity to share about the ministry of ROC as well as work with their high school and middle school students in attendance for the week. This actually won’t be ROC’s first appearance at Lake James as for several years the Ohio Campus Ministries retreat was held there in February. Additionally, ROC was the mission for the senior high week of camp back in 2015. But it’s been several long years since we were there last, so I am looking forward to not only returning but also to experiencing the School of Missions for the first time.
The ROC staff and board hold weeks of camp like the ones we’ve mentioned in high priority because we understand the impact that these types of weeks can have in the life of a student. Additionally, it’s a great opportunity to meet new students and share with them about the importance of faith and Christian Community throughout the next phase of life. But don’t just take our word for it. Make sure to take time to check this month’s student spotlight written by local high school senior Maggie Hoover who shares about the impact that ROC has had in her life throughout high school!
Finally, thanks to each one of you who faithfully read about what is happening in the ministry, pray for the needs of our community, and support us in this mission. We absolutely COULD NOT do what we do without each and every one of you. We thank God for your ongoing love, support, and generosity and pray that you are blessed by reading about what it is achieving in the lives of our students.