Each year the senior class spends 4 nights at Glacier View Ranch in plastic tarp shelters they build themselves (with the help of rolls of duct tape). This year the shelters held up in pouring rain and hail as well as keeping the students (mostly) warm through the 40-degree nights.
But senior survival isn't only about campfire cooking and wild edibles, it's even more about teamwork, self-discovery, and spiritual growth. Each day the seniors work together in teams to meet physical challenges such as getting their entire team to cross a "canyon" by swinging on a rope, mental challenges such as orienteering, and spiritual encouragement as they meet each night at the campfire.
Jacey Johnson, a senior from Colorado, says, "Our group did everything really fast, but one challenge—the Nitro Crossing—was difficult. I learned that it’s not about speed or winning, or getting it right the first time. What’s important is having a good attitude."
Randy Maldonado, another senior, comments that, "It was a huge lesson to me about how even though our class seems very disorganized, we still accomplished our goals throughout the weekend. It goes to show that diversity is important, it’s good to have a group of people who are unique."
Friday and Sabbath brought warmer, sunny weather, and some students were reluctant to leave on Sunday, in spite of wanting showers and their own beds.
Jenny Sigler teaches English at Campion Academy
Fourteen people united with the Adventist Church after a fifteen-night outreach series given by Campion Academy students July 29 to August 13. Held in an open-air tent on The Adventure Church property in Greeley, four baptisms followed with two joining by profession of faith and eight attending baptismal classes in preparation for baptism.
Trained through RMC's Kaleo project during which students preached in more than 50 churches in Ecuador, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic over the past four years during mission trips on their spring breaks, these were the first community outreach meetings held in our conference that were presented by teens.
These teens are learning to deal with unforeseeable complications. One stormy night during the Costa Rica mission trip, the microphone system went out followed by the screens, both in the middle of Chezney Barry's presentation on the Sabbath change.
Wildfire I was held on the Campion Academy campus May 7 - 19 and resulted in 14 baptisms, all teens.
Recognizing the truth of Jesus' words in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except by Me," Mandy, a Taiwanese baptized during that series, declared, "I will take Jesus to my family and friends." She has a non-religious father and a Buddhist mother.
A team of seven students mentored by retired evangelist Phil Jones united with The Adventure, Greeley, Greeley Spanish and Windsor (Elmshaven) churches in this outreach. With no senior pastors available due to pastoral moves, special thanks go to associate pastor LeeLee Dart and the team support from the Greeley Adventure Church. Attendance ranged from a high of 120 to a low of 35. The teens preached many new sermons and developed skills in daily home visitation.
Wildfire II also ran a nightly children's program organized by Marlene Poole from The Adventure Church. Their numbers grew each night as neighborhood kids came to hear fascinating Bible stories and songs, play Bible games and create crafts.
The majority of those uniting with the Church were teens from public schools who have relatives in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Teens attract teens to Jesus and conversion leaves healthy Christians in its wake, leading the Church into the future.
text and photo by Phil Jones