“I tell you, in God’s sight he is no preacher who does not care for the children. There should be at least a part of every sermon and service that will suit the little ones. It is an error which permits us to forget this.” Charles Spurgeon
I believe that there are three foundational truths that children and youth need to hear:
- God made you
- God loves you
- God wants to be your friend forever
Three pretty significant truths that each of us should never forget.
I’m not sure if it is true, but I love the story of Dwight Moody. One Sunday night he returned home from a guest speaking opportunity. His wife asked him, “How many people were saved at the meeting?” He responded, “Two and a half.” His wife said, “Oh, two adults and one child?” He said, “No. Two children and one adult!”
Jesus made children’s ministry a priority, too. Matthew records the story: “Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” (Mathew 19:13-14)
The camp experience is not limited to children or youth or adults. But historically, camp has been a place where children have made life-changing decisions. Don’t neglect or diminish the opportunity to start a child on his or her lifelong walk with God.