This year, we wanted to introduce each camp program that is hosted at Pyoca so that our larger community will get a glimpse into the broad reach of Pyoca’s ministry. Many people may not know that Pyoca has a number of camp programs, many over 30+ years old, that have been coming to camp each summer. The second week of June begins every summer with Gemini Mission Camp.
Written by Michelle Hicks of Gemini Mission Camp
As you read this blog, you will probably see each week that “there is something special about Pyoca….” That is very true! This place holds many memories, a chance to get out into God’s nature, and a chance to unplug from the busyness of life. It’s truly unlike any other camp I have ever experienced.
Our group has been enjoying the blessings of Pyoca for generations. We come from many areas (Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Florida, Kentucky – to name a few) and many walks of life. We have been forever interwoven by our connection to Gemini Mission Camp and we have deep and special connections with one another. Unlike many camps, our campers grow up with us. They can start coming when they are just going into 4th grade, and they continue as campers until they graduate high school. Our younger campers have the opportunity to spend time with older youth and learn from them. This allows us to become much like family, where we grow and change with one another, but remain very connected.
Our group loves to play together! 9-square, volleyball, and swimming are some of our favorites. We also love to sing – we spend lots of time at campfire and in chapel worshiping Him with song. One of the highlights of our week every year is our Consecration Service where all of us have an opportunity to reflect on or make a new commitment to follow Jesus. This is impactful on so many levels, but at the base it is what we are all about!
This week we will be studying and learning about building a strong foundation for our faith. We will use the game JENGA to help us – the name in Swahili means “to build.” Each day we will study a different aspect of building our foundation.
J – Jesus Says: We will discover how to find what God has to say. We will go over how to find answers to questions and a how to use the Bible as a guidemap for our behavior.
E – Everyday Days: We will talk about how to make every moment count. We will discover that ALL of what we do matters to God and it matters when considering the foundation we are building for our lives.
N – Not Going There: We will discuss how to keep out of dangerous situations, how to get out of them when we are in them, and what the Bible has to say about temptation.
G – God’s There: We will be reassured that God is always there with us, in us, beside us – even and especially during the storms in our lives.
A – A Time to Build: We will go out today with a commission to build strong foundations, utilizing Christ as the cornerstone for all our building. We will discuss again the importance of a strong foundation to meet this earthly life with all of the armor God provides in place!
We are so thankful to have a place like Pyoca to go to as we grow, change and learn to support one another in our Faith Family.