In June, the Evangelism and Church Health Team of the ABSC hosted two weeks of Super Summer Arkansas at Ouachita Baptist University. With the largest attendance ever, over 3000 students, leaders, and guests experienced God moving which included over 70 salvations and over 100 other decisions. In addition, 95 students attended Explore Your Call meetings as they work through God’s calling on their lives.
This year’s theme, “Awake,” concentrated the curriculum on living in the light of eternity. As believers we are called to value more highly the aspects of life that are eternal. Arkansas youth pastors led the students each day in “schools” designed to give the students biblical concentration while at the same time setting up an atmosphere of high energy fun. At night, worship services were led by the Cory and Stephanie Epps Band (Week 1) and We the Union (Week 2). Josh Griffin from Download Youth Ministries was the camp speaker.
This year, the camp mission project highlighted the ministry of the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and The Call. Students gave personal items and gift cards to be used in adoptive and foster care ministry, and students learned more about those ministries through representatives and testimonies. A special prayer time focused the students on what James calls “pure and faultless religion,” the care of widows and orphans and keeping oneself unstained from the world.
Also, a highlight from camp was the reading of the entire New Testament in Week 1 and the entire Bible in Week 2. Many people worked hard prior to camp dividing the Scriptures into portions where each student would receive a set of verses. On a night of each session, students would receive a certain amount of verses and read together, all at once, the entirety of God’s revelation. For about 4 minutes, a powerful sea of voices proclaimed God’s word which led to incredible times of worship and response. While many across the planet hunger for more of God’s word, and many have never heard one word, the entirety of the New Testament and all of the Bible was read at Super Summer Arkansas.
For 2020, the camp theme will be “Devoted,” a look at what it means to be in community with believers, why the local body of believers is so important, and what it means to be a kingdom citizen. The camp speaker will be Joseph Sojourner (Passion, Big Stuf, Orange, Catalyst, Lift Tour). Make plans to attend and follow Super Summer on all forms of social media for updates and info.