Senior Gabrielle Williams spoke with passion and clarity to a full tent of students and visitors Friday, May 6, for the opening night of Wildfire, Campion's week of prayer and evangelism. Is God Real? "Yes," she shared, "and He loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life." Our part is to accept the salvation He offers. Of all the different religions, Christianity is the only religion that believes we can't save ourselves: we need a Savior.
Gabrielle went on to explain how God sent Jesus, His one and only Son to save us. Even though accepting a Savior should be easy, since we are unused to free things, acceptance can be difficult. To prove her point, she asked for a volunteer to come up to the microphone. After a long pause, a fellow student reluctantly came forward to discover he was the recipient of $20 cash.
Campion senior Alyse Maxwell said "Something that stood out to me is that even though we don't feel accepted, that doesn't mean that we aren't. You can't allow your emotions to control your faith."
Freshman Joe Philpott gave his heart to the Lord and was baptized at the end of Gabrielle's presentation.
Rayna Williams said "I was touched by just about everything she said tonight, especially when she brought out the point that God uses His strength to overcome our weaknesses. God is definitely not dead."
Is salvation really as easy as accepting a gift? Come and hear what teenagers are saying about some of Christianity's toughest questions. Seven students will be preaching over the course of the next week, after weeks of preparation and coaching from local Adventist pastors. Not only are Campion students attending these meetings as part of their week of prayer, but the community has been invited as well, through flyers and personal invitations. Between 8-12 non-Adventists attended the first night.
Location: big tent on the lawn of HMS Richards School
Time: 7-8:00pm May 6-13 (no meeting on May 8, Mothers Day)
Wes Carle and Jennifer Sigler
photos: Bryant Oei and Jennifer Sigler
Four teams made up of two students each head to HMS Richards School from Campion Academy each week to give Bible studies to 7th and 8th graders. These 7th and 8th graders, in turn, give Bible studies to the 4th through 6th graders.
The Campion students are members of Joe Martin’s junior Bible class where they have been studying the 28 Fundamental Beliefs since the beginning of the school year.
After studying one of the beliefs, Martin has his students choose seven Bible verses on that topic that are clearest to them and which they can use in their studies with the younger students. They are creating their own Bible studies.
“Although for many of these juniors giving Bible studies is out of their comfort zone, this group is thoroughly enjoying sharing their faith and praying with the kids, many of whom have never prayed before with strangers, says Martin. They are “enhancing their walk with God by sharing their faith,” he finishes.
All 43 of Martin’s junior Bible class students will have the opportunity to give Bible studies. In turn, all 14 of the 7th and 8th graders at HMS will have the opportunity to receive studies and then to give them to the 22 4th through 6th graders at HMS.
Ashley Halvorson, a 14-year-old 8th grader at HMS, has enjoyed receiving Bible studies from Campion students. “They did a really good job giving them to us,” she states. They had a lot of Bible verses for us to look up” [on] the Second Coming and what happens when you die,” she shares. “I think it’s fun to tell other people about our beliefs,” Ashley says “and to see God work through us.”
Christine Eagan-Foster, a 12-year-old 6th grader at HMS, received Bible studies from two girls in 7th and 8th grade, one on baptism. “It’s really fun that we can get taught about these teachings and interact about them. We even learn more than we learned at home. It’s nice to get a kid’s perspective on it,” she shares.
“By the time the HMS students have experienced this [give and take of beliefs] for a couple of years, they will be ready for baptism,” states Davin Hammond, principal of HMS. “We want every 7th and 8th grader to recognize that they can give Bible studies,” he adds.
Junior Bible students Cassie Carr and Natalie Boonstra, both raised in pastoral homes, believe the things they are learning in the class strengthen what their parents have taught them.
“The Bible class with Pastor Joe has helped me to know God on a more personal level,” shares Natalie. “Bible class has helped me develop in my Christian walk and to prove my faith.”
“We mark our Bibles with several verses to support each topic and cross reference them,” says Cassie. This gives us the tools to share with whomever we come into contact with. The junior class,” she says, “is coming closer to God because of this class and it is noticed all over campus.”
Martin has long had a burden to disciple young people and has worked with the student literature program for more than 25 years. A new federal law, however, that limits the age students can work to 16 and prevents them from working before 3 p.m. has made it more difficult to carry on this program with some students.
“The devil tried to close the door of evangelism” through this law states Martin, “but God opened a bigger door to evangelize our youth. Now we are placing the Scriptures in front of many of our youth who would never have opened them had the literature evangelism door not been closed. I’m having more influence with more kids in class than with LEs,” Martin enthuses.
Carol Bolden is RMC administrative assistant for communication
This story first appeared in Mountain Views, a publication of Rocky Mountain Conference of SDAs.
By Gabrielle Williams and Jennifer Sigler
Over spring break, 37 volunteers from Campion Academy and Wichita Adventist Christian Academy flew to Belize to serve the campus of Belize Adventist Junior College (BAJC) in Calcutta, where they’ve been visiting annually for over ten years. Mission groups to BAJC usually focus on a construction project and Vacation Bible School meetings. This year, led by Jim Lynch, the group made immense progress on the library, a project begun several years ago, and on week nights they hosted games, crafts, story time, and singing for kids of all ages. On the last weekend, they passed out shoes and clothes to a local village.
“When we give of ourselves, we end up receiving more than we could have ever imagined. We experience pure joy and peace. Helping others is one of the greatest callings that Jesus gives us,” said Campion senior Gabrielle Williams, who went to Belize for the second time. “It is more blessed to give than to receive; however, what you do receive when you give is an unexplainable joy that only Jesus can give,” she added.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).
Slideshow by Leslie Bergmann
By Gabrielle Williams & Alyse Maxwell
This past week Campion Academy experienced rejuvenation and renewed focus in a week of prayer hosted by the Rocky Mountain Conference. This week of evening meetings, hosted by Eric Nelson, Anthony Handal, Craig Carr, and Heidi Littell, marked the final days of our campus-wide 40-day prayer challenge.
Each night the speakers shared personal stories on how prayer has played an important part in their lives and what God has done for them. "After week of prayer and hearing all that God has done in people's lives, I have started to pray more than before," said sophomore David Marroquin, a village student. Junior Rayna Williams had a similar experience. “I learned that God always hears us, even if our prayers aren’t answered in the way we think they should be. I learned to pray boldly,” she said.
Week of prayer helps students and staff refocus on what really matters in life, God. Junior Diana Miranda said, "The week wasn't so stressful, so we could focus more on what the speakers were saying." We tend to get busy here at Campion and having time carved out every night just to worship for one week is a blessing.
For vespers Friday evening Pastor Goetz, Pastor Nick, and Pastor Nestor led us in communion to close the 40 days of prayer. Before foot washing, church members and students shared testimonies on how God has been working in their lives these past days. Many people shared touching stories—from physical and spiritual healing to new friendships and divine appointments. These experiences revealed the results of fervent prayer across our campus.
Starting Friday evening staff, students, and church members chose time slots where they collectively prayed 24 hours in a prayer room set up in the ad building. Then after closing Sabbath, the campus hosted a viewing of War Room, a movie on prayer. "War Room opened my eyes to how powerful prayer is and influenced me to commit to prayer more in my daily life," senior Wes Carle stated. Overall week of prayer was truly a blessing for the entire campus.
Photos courtesy Campion Yearbook staff
by Matthew Roberts and Wes Carle
Every year the Rocky Mountain Conference hosts a bible conference at Glacier View Ranch that Campion Academy, Mile High Academy, and several other schools regularly attend. During the vespers and worships, students played ice breaker games, discussed Bible texts, sang praise songs, listened to a speaker from Union College, and spent lots of time praying.
This year's conference lasted two days instead of an entire weekend, yet the time was packed full of spiritual emphasis. According to Campion student Madi Kamarad, "The weather was on point, as well as the spiritual atmosphere. It was awesome being able to hang out with other schools--Mile High Academy, Aurora Church, and Wyoming schools. Most of all it was a very rejuvenating experience to have to get away from school and focus on God."
The main theme of the conference was "Flawless." We are all flawless in God's sight was the lesson learned. The kids and adults all got to go on some amazing hikes, and as you can see from the picture, got an even more amazing view of God's creation. Another Campion student, Chantelle Bravatti, also had something good to say about the conference. "It was awesome being out in God's nature away from the busyness of the city. It was also awesome being able to experience God with all my friends." The weekend was a very cool, God-filled experience for the people that went.
The morning of December 9, I was struggling and we had barely begun working. I work with Joe Martin as a literature evangelist, and this particular morning we were working in Loveland, Colorado. Before Thanksgiving break, while playing in a basketball scrimmage, I completely tore my ACL and also parts of my meniscus. I will have to have surgery over Christmas break and then miss 6-8 weeks of work for recovery. Through special organized prayer offered by Principal Don Reeder, Pastor Micheal Goetz, my coach Glenn O’Halloran, and my parents, the Lord strengthened my knee enough to continue walking door-to-door sharing Jesus. However, walking was not painless, and that Wednesday morning was proving to be especially difficult. I asked God to strengthen and bless me as I was trying to give Him my best despite my condition.
I approached a small house with a white picket fence and rang the doorbell. A gentleman came to the door. I explained that I went to a Christian school and began to tell him what I was selling and about the cookbook, when he cut me short. He asked if he could simply give me a donation. Of course I said, “Yes.”
He reached into his wallet, and he pulled out a $100 bill. I was shocked. I tried to leave him all of my books, but he refused. I said many thanks and was on my way. I stood in his driveway filling out the receipt when he came back out of his house and asked me how much tuition was. I gave him an approximate answer and he asked how much I needed. I told him that he had already been more than generous, but as I did, he held out to me an additional $500. I was at a loss for words. I told him that I would feel awful if he did not take at least one book, so he took a Peace Above the Storm.
Then I said, “Before I leave, I just have to ask; Why would you do something like this for me?” And after a moment he said, “Because Jesus did it for us.” That statement brought tears to my eyes as the weight of those words sank in. I prayed with him, said as many thanks as I could, and continued on. It wasn't until later when I was able to meet up with Pastor Joe and share the news that he pointed the most amazing part of it out to me. He reminded me that $600 is equivalent to approximately 2 months of work, and the doctor had told me it would be 6-8 weeks (2 months) before I would be able to work following my surgery.
This injury has been difficult for me, but now I know without a doubt that God will bring far more good from it than the pain I have felt. I may not know what it is right now but I'm willing to trust God and see how He will continue to work through this temporary setback. Receiving the exact amount you need in the form of hundreds of dollars does not happen by chance. God knew I had a need, and He filled it. As the kind man implied, Jesus paid it all for us, so what should stop us from giving what we can back to God?
Video by Bryant Oei