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?
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