Teens, teens, and more teens. This past week was extraordinary one. Most of the teens in attendance attended church regularly and were privileged to grow up in a Christian home. Because of the power f God's Word and the Holy Spirit's conviction many teens surrendered to the Lord's will and some even trusted in Christ!
I had a unique opportunity to be a Co-Couselor/Team Captain for the Red Team. This role allowed me to be more involved in my team and create friendships I would have never made otherwise. I was able to have many 1on1’s with my guy campers and giving my burden to them. I enjoyed making sure everyone woke up on time for flag raising and actually listened to their counselors when they said to go to bed:). In some ways I felt like a parent this week. The role of a parent is tiring, not always enjoyable, and never stops, yet it’s the most rewarding thing in the world. Thank you Mommy and Daddy for all you taught me!
On the competitive side, the Red Team bested the Blue once again. I had a great team of counselors and campers. Each made a difference in the team spirit and unity. On Tuesday, my entire team hiked to Lookout Point at 5:30 in the morning. After a couple of water stops, head counts, and a light snack, I read from my devotions 2 Chronicles 14:11. I exhorted each one to seek to the Lord for every problem, trial, or persecution. “Help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go…” Resting has the idea of dependence without fear. There were times throughout the week I felt alone, had no idea how to solve a problem, or simply was exhausted. I am grateful for to the Lord that He is always faithful and will never fail when I depend on Him.
On a glorious note, I had the exciting privilege to lead a fourteen year-old young man to the Lord. I was near the gym when I heard the sound of a basketball. Kurt was shooting hoops when I immediately noticed something different about Him. He was by himself which usually doesn’t happen when you come to camp with your friends. I introduced myself and found out he had just started to coming to church for about three weeks, when he was invited to come to camp. To make a long story short, I was able to lead him to Jesus Christ. Looking at him, one would think he as saved, he came the week all the other “good teens” came, and yet he had never heard John 3:16, how God made man on the sixth day, and how Jesus was born on this earth. Everyday I spend an hour with him in God and I time teaching him basic truths about God and His Word. Everyday I would almost end up crying as the light would come on his face and he understood the truth on God’s Word. I cannot wait to see how God will use him for His glory! Please pray for his family and grandpa that they would come to Jesus through Kurt’s testimony.
Thank you for your prayers. I do not take there for granted. Below are some very random pics as I snagged the one of the camps DSLRs and my Mac and took selfies:P
Would you consider sponsoring me this summer as I minister at Camp Joy?
I apologize at the lateness of this update! I have been extraordinary busy.
Last week, Camp Joy’s official first camp started! There were three separate camps running at the same time. I was a counselor for Primary & Junior Camp 1, while others were assisting with Family Camp 1 and running a Church-Planters Conference. The Lord was good and gracious to give me strength each day.
Throughout Monday morning, families settled in while buses and van loads of elementary children arrived. I had a grand cabin with nine boys full of energy. Because family camp was running at the same time, at one point I had 5 extra campers:P. Apparently, they were all told to join me! Either way, I had a blast and they did as well. Playing Hungry Hippoes, Hunt the Do Do Bird, and Extinction were just some the competitions that tired them out.
It seemed that from Wednesday to Friday I spent most of my time in the nurse’s station. There, I was able to connect with several of my campers in ways I would not have been able to if they had not been injured. One boy, Jordan, who had cystic fibrosis had to take medicine everyday, three times a day. The Lord gave me an opportunity to give my testimony and pray for him. It was heartbreaking to hear him talk about his life, fears, and friends, yet through it all, see the overwhelming joy of Christ.
God can use anybody that is willing to serve Him, whether or not your circumstances are perfect. In 1 Peter 2:9, God chose us and set us apart to share what how God miraculously changed us and allowed us to be used by Him.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Thank you for your prayers!
Joshua De Leon
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Traveling to Camp Joy
I want to first say thank you to everyone who has prayed for me as I began my summer ministry this past week. My sister, who is also working at Camp Joy, and I departed from our house around 8:30 in the morning Tuesday. As we entered the traffic of Chicago, the weather changed from a gorgeous sunny day to a drizzly pouring rain. An hour drive turned into 3.5 hour drive due to many minor accidents and Memorial day traffic. The Lord kept us safe throughout the journey, for which I am extremely grateful.
The summer staff arrived throughout Wednesday afternoon. After taking a tour around Camp Joy and eating a delicious meal, our Camp Director, Pastor Moore, preached on “Planting Trees for Others to Sit Under.” I have the opportunity to show Jesus to many people I have never met. I may never fully know until heaven what the Lord does through me, yet I can—by God’s grace—daily plant godly trees.
The next day brought a boatload of information as we waded through basic camp rules, Camp Joy’s philosophy of ministry, and summer staff responsibilities. Thursday evening, we had the privilege to hear Evangelist Bobby Bosler preach. A part of Minutemen Ministries, he travels in the spring and summer leading the The War and The Cola-Clash, a exciting evangelist teen outreach. The Lord led Mr. Bosler to preach on Joshua 7, “Hidden Sin”. He pointed out in Joshua 1-6, the promise and precedent from God. However, in chapter seven, there was problem. God cannot work in a person’s life when there is hidden sin. I cannot be used of God in a powerful way if I have anything that is hindering my walk with Him. The message was a great encouragement to me as well as to the entire staff.
As of now, I am officially certified to administer CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and First Aid! On Friday, morning and afternoon, several individuals from the local EMT and police force certified all the counselors and key individuals on staff. For 8 hours we learned how to apply first aid for a cut, stings, heat stroke, heart attack, use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and give correct CPR to adults, children, and infants. If any are wondering, I made sure to handle “my baby” very carefully! I am grateful for the training and I pray that I will not have to use this knowledge this summer.
A Christ-like Example
As team captain of the red team, the Lord led me to John 13:15 as our team verse for the summer. “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” Would you pray that I and those here on staff would be not just a good example, but a Christ-like example? The Lord has brought together an amazing group of young people from literally around the world who have surrendered their summer so the families and young people attending Camp Joy can have a extraordinary time and be impacted and changed by the Word of God.
I have one more week of Training before we start into an officially week of camp. Thank you for your continued prayers!
PLEASE PRAY ABOUT SUPPORTING ME THIS SUMMER!
Joshua De Leon is burdened for the young people of his generation. Support him as he counsels at Camp Joy in the summer of 2016.
Who Am I?
My name is Joshua De Leon and I am twenty-one years old. I am from New Concord, Ohio where my father, Michael De Leon, Pastors Lighthouse Baptist Church. He and my mother, Cassandra, are the parents of ten children, I being the eldest. I am currently a junior at Baptist College of Ministry and majoring in Bible with a Pastoral Minor.
What Am I Doing?
This summer I have the opportunity of serving at Camp Joy. Camp Joy is located in southern Wisconsin and operates year-round as a youth camp and conference center. Every summer, hundreds of young people have their hearts challenged and lives changed as a result of this ministry. The first couple weeks in June will be training and followed by the rest of the summer putting my training into practice.
I am privileged to be on the front lines as a counselor. Each week, I will encounter a new group of young men, eager to have fun and full of potential to change the world for Christ. I consider it great responsibility to pray for them and to have a part in discipling them for a week. My burden is for each of them to surrender to whatever God would have for their life.
How Can You Help?
Because this summer will be crucial for my life as well as the lives of the families and young people reached, I am writing to ask for your support in two ways.
First, for your prayer support. Would you pray that I would show Jesus to those around me? As well as counseling, I will be team captain for one of the teams. Pray that the Lord would give me wisdom to apply truths to the campers throughout the day, that I would have a healthy summer, and that I will constantly have my reliance on the Lord for strength and endurance. Pray as well that I would grow spiritually through the preaching and teaching as I learn how to lead and teach others.
Secondly, I ask for your sponsorship.* As I already stated, I am a junior at Baptist College of Ministry in Menomonee Falls, WI., and I am assured that it is God’s will for me to return in the fall. Because Camp Joy is a ministry, I will not be paid anything this summer. I have prayed long and am convinced I am in the center of God’s will concerning my ministry this summer and my return to college. I ask that you would consider entreating the Lord if He would have you sponsor me this summer to put toward my college education. I will not take the sacrifice of God’s people for granted. My church, Lighthouse Baptist Church in New Concord, OH will receive any funds and directly send them to Baptist College of Ministry.
Thank You! Colossians 1:9-11 “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.”
Are my funds tax-deductible? Yes, all gifts given through my Gospel Fund page are tax-deductible. All monies are being sent to my designated home base, Lighthouse Baptist Church. You will receive an email receipt confirming your donation.
Can I give cash or a check?*
Of course! Please send your check or cash donation too: Lighthouse Baptist Church | 136 Rix Mills Rd, New Concord, OH 43762. Check payable too: Lighthouse Baptist Church | Memo: Joshua DeLeon
What happens to funds given in excess of your goal? Any donations above my goal will be used toward the purchase of school books and my next semester of college.
How can I pray?
1. Pray that all funds would be provided.
2. Pray that God would give me wisdom to apply truth specifically to each individual.
3. Pray that God would work each night of the service and through me as I lead in cabin devotions.
4.Pray that I would stay healthy and have endurance for each week.
5. Pray that I would be a bold witness of Christ’s work in my life.
6. Pray that each camper would realize the power of the gospel and changing life it can bring.
*There is a 3.5% + $0.29 credit card transaction fee per donation. This fee will be taken off of your donation, not added. In addition, to maintain thegospelfund.com, 3.5% of my total financial goal will be taken out. You may also give with cash or check: Lighthouse Baptist Church | 136 Rix Mills Rd, New Concord, OH 43762. Check payable too: Lighthouse Baptist Church | Memo: Joshua DeLeon
Thank you for considering supporting me this summer!