MAN CAMP Veteran
“I went to the first MAN CAMP. I had absolutely no desire to go. It was February. It was cold. I didn’t want to crap in the woods. My friend asked me to go and even lead a group. My wife thought it would be good for me. I’m not great at saying no to people so, I thought, I guess I’m going. But I was not excited. If I had not been leading a team, I would have pulled out.
Once we arrived, it was sort of a group of guys just doing their thing in the woods, like chopping down trees, having solitude, building fires. It was fun, but the game changer for me was going to the M*A*S*H (prayer) tent. I’ve never been the type to ask someone to pray for me so it seemed weird, but I just felt this itch like I had to go.
I asked a couple of M*A*S*H guys to pray for me. They began to pray and asking me questions. The next thing I knew, I was uncovering issues with my father. I had no relationship with him, yet the hatred I had for him was infesting all areas of my life. I realized that while I had no earthly father, I had a heavenly dad that loved me, valued me and is always with me. I received Jesus at that moment. I felt lighter, my spirit was refreshed.
Fast Forward to BRAVE journey, I knew that my brave step was to forgive my father. I had not seen or spoken to him in twenty years. I wrote him a letter declaring that I forgave him, because this is what happens when you make Jesus your king. A week later, I received a letter. It was unbelievable. My father wrote to me, explaining that he also had given his life to Jesus. God had promised him that this day of forgiveness would come. Soon, we were reunited. We hugged and cried, while shaking our heads in awe over what God had done.
Onto MAN CAMP XXL: I found myself on the M*A*S*H team. I was intimidated. My friend said to me, ‘you may not know all the Bible verses or the perfect prayers. But what you can offer these people is your story. This is your chance to dial in deeper to God.’ He was right. Every time I prayed for someone, I felt like I was pouring out and filling up at the same time. I’m no counselor, but God spoke through me. It was even better than my first MAN CAMP. I wanted these guys to know that Jesus is my homeboy. He loves us so much. That doesn’t mean much until you start digging into your life and discovering what’s wrong. If anyone ever questions whether or not they should go to MAN CAMP, the answer is yes. Why? Because God is there.” I give because I believe in what God is doing at Crossroads, like MAN CAMP. Putting money toward buying land means investing in the people that will use it. Who wouldn’t want to do that?
Sweet! Let’s hear it.