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Day 5: BigStuf Camp

Boy was it hard to get up this morning.  Our crew was definitely sleepy and almost all were sound asleep when our wake up knock came this morning.  I think only Jordan and Joee made it to breakfast this morning 🙂

The title of our morning session was “We Are Brave.”  The speaker explained how God’s unconditional love helps us be brave.  We have three incredible gifts, We have existence, We have opportunity, and We are loved.  We lose our fear when we embrace God’s unconditional love.  In small groups, our youth talked about who they feel is demonstrates bravery in the face of adversity.  They also talked about what it means to be loved by God.

The rain put a damper on our afternoon.  Only a […]

2017-07-28T13:22:37+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Florida Trip|

Day 4: The BigStuf Experience

Whew, we were glad that we got a late breakfast time this morning.  There are 3 shifts of meal times to accommodate the large number of people at the camp.  We dine al fresco under an open air pavilion with the ocean breezes blowing.

After breakfast it was time for a large group session.  Our “blue group” was assigned to enter up front today.  We are able to get an up close view of the stage.  The speaker this morning talked about the theme of “We Are For.”  He talked about the brand of Christianity and what it is known for in our society at large, mostly what we are against.  He mentioned that we should work to be known for what “We Are For” as […]

2017-07-28T13:22:38+00:00 June 28th, 2015|Florida Trip|

Day 3: Last Drive and Big Stuf Welcome

We made it!!!

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As you can see the look of excitement was almost too much to contain.  The ocean was a beautiful site after so many hours in the car.  We agreed that it was worth the drive.

We headed out from Prattville, AL and made our way through the rest of Alabama.  We encountered some rain but made it safely to Panama City Beach.  We checked in with the staff and then the youth headed down to the beach.  A bit windy but the sun, sand, and water felt great!

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We found out that there are 1,550 people registered for the camp this […]

2017-07-28T13:22:38+00:00 June 26th, 2015|Florida Trip|

Day 2: Nashville, TN and Drive to Prattville, AL

Greetings from the steamy south.  We were greeted with lots of humidity yesterday during our arrival to Nashville. Ground fog/mist was building up on our windshield as we drove into the conference center  we stayed at last night.  Luckily all rooms came equipped with air conditioning which was utilized by all parties!

In the morning, we had breakfast and packed up for our day.  We headed to the Belle Meade Plantation.  The Plantation during its heyday did not have the usual cash crops found on a plantation.  It was well known for horse breeding.  In fact, many of today’s winning horses can trace their lineage back to one horse at the Belle Meade Plantation.  Even the Triple Crown winning American Pharoah.  We toured the mansion with […]

2017-07-28T13:22:38+00:00 June 25th, 2015|Florida Trip|

Day 1: Looooong Van Ride

And we are off…

The youth did a great job of packing and everything fit with room to spare!  That just means more room for souvenirs from the journey.  The crew includes 16 youth and 4 adults.  We hope you get to meet all of us through our posts and pictures.

Our day began early at 6:00, loading the vans and saying a prayer before the journey.

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We made good time throughout the day making stops at a rest area in Cedar Rapids, IA, lunch in Hannibal, MO, rest area in Illinois, and supper in Paducah, KY.  The youth got a lot of sitting, eating, talking and napping.  The frisbee was thrown around a bit at our longer stops.  It […]

2017-07-28T13:22:38+00:00 June 24th, 2015|Florida Trip|

Blog Entry #1

Florida 1Welcome to our trip blog.  We hope to have daily posts sharing our trip adventures and our time at the Big Stuf Camp in Panama City Beach.

We set off at 6:00am on Wednesday (June 24) with our destination of Nashville, TN for an overnight stay.  On Thursday we will spend some time site seeing in Nashville and will continue on to Prattville, AL (outside of Montgomery) for another overnight stay.  We finish our journey down on Friday morning as we arrive in Panama City Beach.

We had a great blessing and sending today at the 10:00 service.  Pastor John prayed for our group, but we can use your prayers along the way too.  Pray for a safe […]

2017-07-28T13:22:38+00:00 June 21st, 2015|Florida Trip|