Experience-rich, but relationally-poor. Whether we like to admit it or not, I believe that we have come to accept that line as a theme in our lives. We’ve come to a place where we compete with one another on who can have the most exciting life experiences. We chase after experiences, often times at the expense of relationships. We’re so eager to move on to the next thing that we leave people in the dust. What would it look like if we flipped the script? What if we intentionally pursued being relationally-rich? I believe if we put more effort into making relationships rich, then all of our experiences become rich. Chase after relationships. Jesus didn’t chase after experiences, He chased after people.
However, before we chase after people, we need to understand that Jesus is chasing after us. He is pursuing our hearts. When we accept Jesus into our hearts as Lord and Savior, our love need is met. Because our love need is met through Jesus, we can now move on to loving others with the real kind of love that Jesus first loved us with. We don’t fear rejection because we know our standing in Jesus is secure. We are SET FREE to love others without hesitation or conditionality. This summer our theme is “Set Free” and our theme verse comes from the book of John, chapter 8, verse 36. “So if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed.” Our desire is that you will pause, take a deep breath, and understand the freedom Christ has given us to love others. Chase after someone today with the love of Jesus.
Relationally-rich AND experience-rich.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” -1 John 4:7-11
We couldn’t be more excited to see how God’s going to show up at camp this summer! We just launched our hashtag for this summer, which corresponds with this summer’s theme of being “Set Free”: #40DaysofFreedom. Be sure to follow this hashtag throughout the summer to see a glimpse of how God reveals himself each day at Camp! John 8:36.
Here’s just one of this year’s awesome camp shirts that you can pre-order to have when you arrive at camp!
To see the rest of this year’s camp t-shirts and fill out the online Parent Pack, click on the “2014 Parent Info” tab at the top right of the page. This page will show you anything and everything you need to know about camp.
We’re looking forward to a great summer!! Get excited!
The Camp Oak Hill family is excited to announce our new Camp Director- Michael Orr! Michael graduated from NC State in 2011 and was on staff with COH in 2008, 2009, & 2011. We are thrilled to have him with us and are looking forward to seeing God work through him and his ministry here at Camp. Please join us in welcoming our newest COH family member, Michael Orr
Check out Michael’s first post as Camp Director below…
“Family. That’s the word I think of when I think of Camp Oak Hill. What I picture is a huge table with tons of chairs, laughter, and plenty of food. Each chair represents a member of the Camp Oak Hill family. That chair might have somebody sitting in it, it might not. As with most family tables, there are seasons when the chairs are full, and there are seasons when they are not. Those seasons are uncertain and unpredictable. But, what I am certain of, and what I love about the family of Camp Oak Hill, is that there will always be room at the table for its members. I first sat at the table in 2008 wide-eyed and unaware of the adventure God was about to take me on. What a tough, but fulfilling, summer that was. I was hooked though. I returned in 2009, and then again in 2011. My chair at the table was still there waiting for me each time. After the summer of 2011, I thought that that was it. My time on the summer staff had come to an end. I got up from my chair and, with a heavy heart, walked away from the table. My chair, however, stayed at the table. Fast forward three years to the present time and here I am at the table sitting in my chair. I am absolutely blown away by God’s grace in leading me back home. As I sit at the table as the new Camp Director, I can’t help but think of the brothers and sisters who have come and gone from the table. You have helped shape and mold me into the man I am today. You have prayed for me, encouraged me, laughed at me, and shared life with me. I am extremely grateful for each and every one of you. As Camp Oak Hill takes the next step forward, hand in hand, we are family. Brothers and sisters, never hesitate to pull up your chair to the table and ‘taste and see that the Lord is good.’ I believe Stitch said it best when he said, ‘Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten.’”