By the time this post gets sent to the email boxes of my subscribers, we will be starting up our second annual Starting Point music camp at Pleasant Garden Baptist Church. For those that have not heard about this event, it is a four day camp for middle school aged students to learn about Jesus, worship, music, and a particular instrument. Kids can come to camp with absolutely no experience on an instrument and by the end of the camp will be playing in a band and will even participate in a competition to see which band does the best job. We have classes for guitar (acoustic and electric), drums, keyboards, bass guitar, and vocals.
Now that the first ever Starting Point Music Camp is in the rear view mirror, I look back at all the wonderful things God did and I really can’t believe how well everything went. There are lots of things we can do better for next time and we are already collecting ideas for how we might improve the experience. But God was certainly at work! A couple of weeks before the camp, one of our leaders prayed specifically for 50 campers. That was the exact number we had the first day. About the same time, I knew I only had 2 young people signed up to take bass lessons and we needed more. I prayed specifically for 3 more and by the time we left on the first day, 2 students had decided that keyboard was not for them and had switched to my bass class and I had 5 students. It was neat to see these answered prayers although I ended up losing one of my bass students and the camp actually peaked at 53 campers. So much that was outside of our control came together. We had enough instruments for everyone, the weather was great all week, and no one was injured during the camp. On top of all that, there were young people saved and other young people who solidified their decision for Christ. God is good!
Today was the day that we finally put the students into bands which was exciting for them. This morning featured a great gospel presentation during our devotion time and I had the great privilege of praying with a young person who was accepting Christ as her Savior! That’s what all of this is about. After one more bass lesson, it was time for my students to be placed in a band. The leaders had met and tried to make the bands as evenly matched as possible based on the aptitude of the musicians.
Quick post for tonight, because I am wiped out! I’m not sure who is more worn out at this point, the leaders or the students, but we are having so much fun. Most important thing that happened today was that at least one of our campers accepted Christ as her Savior! That’s the whole point here, so even if no one learns anything about an instrument or about music, I’m pleased.
Day one of Starting Point Music Camp is in the books! God was good and blessed us with a great day and I have to say that these are the best behaved campers I have ever dealt with. It might have something to do with the fact that the whole week is a competition between two teams and campers can win or lose points based on their behavior, participation, and anything else the leaders see that we want to award points for. But these are good kids and I am so happy to get to work with them for a few more days. They are so hungry to learn about worship and learn how to play these instruments.