Stewardship Thoughts

Sabbath | 30 April 2016

Young people today are challenged by a fast-paced life, an information-driven society, and a confused culture when it comes to defining how to become adults (Roger L. Dudley, Why Our Teenagers Leave the Church, 216). What a blessing it is to have programs dedicated to serving youth in ways that speak to their souls while challenging them to find who they are in Christ: “in the world but not of the world.”

Charles Thompson, youth director for the Indiana Conference, reflects, “Last summer a member from one of our churches here in Indiana related this story: Their local church had sent a young boy to Timber Ridge Camp through the Opportunity Camper Program. The boy came from an atheist home. He did not believe in God. At the end of the week, he came home a changed boy! He had given his heart to Jesus and was singing songs he had learned from camp. The seed has been planted. This boy’s life is ahead of him and now he knows about Jesus. Please keep this boy and the sponsoring church in your prayers!”

Your continued support of camp ministry yields real, tangible, and eternal results! Prayerfully consider helping your local conference to direct and encourage an “army of youth,” who believe the truth and are blessed by God while learning to be a blessing to others (Christian Experience, 205).

Your offering today will benefit your local conference youth programs among many other initiatives. 

2016 Offertory Readings, provided by the North American Division