Acts 2 Enterprise celebrated its 7th year of Summer Sports Camp/VBS June 24-28 at Messmer Park on the East Side of Detroit and July 22-25 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in North Flint. The theme, Fundamentals, was based on 1 Corinthians 16:13.
The Detroit Sports Camp/VBS had 42 volunteers; a number of them came from The Big Week at Camp Restore Detroit. The camp was blessed to see 161 participants as it offered basketball, cheerleading, lacrosse, martial arts, and archery. This was the first year in which they offered archery, and it was received with great enthusiasm. One of the highlights was seeing participants asking to be involved in the walking Bible verse which was used in the learning of the theme verse.
Another highlight, as reported by Rev. Chris Bodley, was this: “During our daily closing rally it was always challenging to keep children and youth focused to hear the Mega Camp Bible story because of the number of youth. On our 4th day, when we shared the salvation/Gospel story, the Holy Spirit caused there to be silence among the campers. They heard the story and several youth shared that they wanted to hear more about Jesus.”
In July, Our Savior, Flint held its second Sports Camp/VBS with the help of 27 volunteers. The camp was blessed to see 26 participants who tried basketball, football, golf, soccer, and track. Rev. Randy Schultz writes: “A week before Sports Camp, the Lord nudged me to drop off some fliers at a local community center. Within an hour I received a phone call from the brother of the center’s director. He asked if we needed a golf coach and offered to meet me at my office in ten minutes. When he arrived, he presented his business card: he is the Executive Director of ‘Northside Golf Academy – Flint’ whose mission is to restore golf to the children and youth of our neighborhood! And he is a member of the PGA too! Praise God for His provision. I later learned that this golf pro is the half-brother of a long-time member of our church.”
Another highlight from Flint was that its Closing Rally was held the Sunday following camp week, and this year’s Closing Rally was attended by 49 people—the third largest Sunday attendance of the year (following Easter and Black History Sunday, respectively). That count includes 14 non-member neighbors, 4 of whom were first-time worshipers. Praise God!
Both the Detroit and Flint camps provided nutritious meals to the attendees and presented them with the Gospel as well as teaching them to play sports. If you would like to support future Sports Camp/VBS offerings and enable children to attend at no cost to them, visit michigandistrict.org/donate and select “other” and earmark SportsCamps/VBS.
Photos by Elisa Schulz/Michigan District, LCMS