The Experience Magazine - Spring 2017

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Imagine climbing into a 10’clear inflatable ball and rolling head-over-heels down the tubing hill at a high rate of speed and coming to a stop only after you rolled up the towering snowbank at the bottom of the hill. It may sound like a nightmare to you, but for the young, energetic snow-campers who discovered Zorb Ball at Snowcamp 2017, it was a dream come true. According to Snowcamp Director, Tommy Sewall ’09, “It quickly became the campers’ favorite activity.” That dizzying experience was just one of the many exciting and challenging events snowcampers participated in over their action-packed 44 hours of camp. Other crazy events included the annual highly-competitive cardboard sled race, the snowboard demo, snow tubing, the ice chute, snowmobiling, hockey, paintball and both indoor and outdoor sports tournaments. The traditional Polar Bear Swim took a refreshing twist with campers taking the plunge at 11:30 at night! The number of campers who enjoyed the “GameDay” themedSnowcampweekends this year was 2,357! Scholarships given by generous individuals allowed 226 campers to attend who would not have been able to participate without their financial help. The campers were spiritually challenged through the spoken Word, music and

drama to faithfully run the ‘race of life’ God has called each of us to live. The crazy and fun antics that started each meeting were aimed to draw the campers in and break down barriers that might have kept them from being open to hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The contemporary Christian music spoke lyrics of truth, grace, hope and love, and by the time the Word of God was opened and preached, the young people were ready to hear about God and to discover for themselves what He offered to them. 314 teenagers were counseled by Bible Institute students and were led in prayer to trust Jesus Christ to be their Savior. Many of the campers who came to Snowcampwere already believers in Jesus, and they were challenged to ‘run the race’ faithfully. 1,867 young people responded to the invitation to live a dedicated life. Throughout the seven weekends of camp, the Bible Institute students rotated from being counselors, to running the program activities, to working in operations. Snowcamp is always exhausting, but seeing lives changed by the Holy Spirit of God energized the students, and they finished well.


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