Experiencing Falls Creek

Sights, sounds and spiritual impact at the largest youth camp in the world DAVIS—Falls Creek is a special place, and has been for 96 years. Every summer, thousands of young people come to the camp grounds in the Arbuckle Mountains where many life-changing decisions have been made. Though the surroundings have changed dramatically, from tent grounds to open-air tabernacle to enclosed tabernacle, the summer youth weeks at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center continue to have students come connect with God and then leave to have an impact on the world. Many church groups have multiple stories to share. Here is a glimpse of the “Falls Creek Experience” from Week 4 (June 24-28). Lexington, First brought 78 campers, and the church group stayed in Marlow, First’s cabin. Three of the students were willing to share their week’s experience at Falls Creek. They were interviewed near the beginning of the week and at the end. ///Three students share • Destini Ramseywill be a junior in high school this fall. This was her third summer to come to Falls Creek. She said Doug Moore, youth minister at Lexington, First, encouraged her to go her first year, and said she rededicated her life to Christ that summer. Destini’s family has “always gone to church,” and she mentioned her grandfather was a pastor. In her early-week interview, she said she wants to be a nurse or a doctor, but she wants to emphasize a “more encouraging approach to patients.” She intends to share her faith with those under her care and be compassionate with her patients’ families, who struggle with what the patients are experiencing. • Kodie Todd experienced Falls Creek for the first time this summer. He also will be a junior this fall and started his week at Falls Creek excited to see what this church camp had to offer. Ed Newton, the camp speaker for the week, made a big impression on Kodie during the Tuesday Evening Tabernacle Experience. Newton shared an illustration about legendary pastor Adrian Rodgers going to a store to make a purchase and receiving too much change. When Rodgers came back to return the extra money, the salesperson told the famous preacher she intentionally gave him too much cash to see if he would show integrity by coming back to the store. Kodie said this story spoke to him, how impressed he was by Rodgers being honest in handling the situation. After high school, Kodie plans to go to a Vo-tech to be a welder and wants to work in the oil field. • Lucas Rodriguez is going to be a high school senior in the fall and is considered a leader of Lexington, First’s youth group. He said he has been going to Lexington, First all his life and to Falls Creek every summer since seventh grade. He enjoys going to Falls Creek because “it has opened my eyes to many ministry possibilities and helped me see how I can get plugged in to different ministry opportunities.” ///Evening Cabin Time Every night ends with a cabin devotional time. Moore leads his students with group mixer games and shares announcements that apply to the following day. On Tuesday night, he shares with them about a communication system to each camper. On a wall in the cabin are envelopes designated for each camper. Moore explains that in the envelopes are messages from people of the church who prayed specifically for them. “Even though they didn’t know you, even before you signed up to go to Falls Creek, there were people who were praying for you,” Moore said. He also challenged the students, sharing...

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