They Were Astonished

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4.13

We’ve just concluded another summer of adventure and growth for hundreds of boys and young men, as well as dozens of dads and sons. We were blessed with a very positive spirit in camp this summer. Campers were fully engaged with learning new skills, playing all-camp adventure games, doing activities with their cabin groups, and studying the life of Peter during our Bible Exploration times.

Our staff and noncoms displayed commitment and competence as they led the program and guided campers’ experiences. Our theme verse for the summer, quoted above, served as a direct challenge to noncoms and staff to make it clear through their life and words that they have been with Jesus. And it was clear.

One of the most exciting parts of the day is looking around the dining hall following evening campfire and seeing four or five campers sitting one-on-one with noncoms having significant spiritual conversations. That’s the culmination of the teaching and modeling that happens throughout each day.

Camp Nathanael offers a great Christ-centered adventure for boys. Our campers and parents appreciate our commitment to raising up young men to be Christ-following leaders for his kingdom. And a week at Nathanael is a great value, financially. So even though attendance this summer was down about seven percent compared to 2014, we’re optimistic about Camp Nathanael’s future and the potential for growth.

Our best advertising is word of mouth referrals and recommendations. Since, as a friend of Nathanael you understand and appreciate this ministry we’d be grateful if you would tell the people in your sphere of influence about us. As always, we welcome your insights and feedback. And if the ministry at Nathanael has had an impact on your life or on the life of someone close to you, we’d love to hear about that, too.