For the past eight weeks, a group of eight Campion Academy students have been putting on Vacation Bible School programs for children and preaching in evangelistic meetings for adults across the state of Colorado as part of the Spark team. Erik Maldonado, an incoming senior at Campion, gives an overview of their summer of ministry and shares his experience.
Our first two weeks of ministry began at Campion Church. While there, we only held VBS. The turnout was great, and the availability of the Campion gym allowed us to really put everything into the program. We were able to really build a connection with the kids, and they had a great time! After leaving Campion, we arrived at Chapel Haven church, located in Thornton, Colorado. Here, we were able to hold both a VBS and our evening meetings. Our two weeks here were very impactful, as we were able to get to know both the children of the church, and the adults. Thanks to the work of the Holy Spirit, a few people decided to be baptized. Next, we travelled to beautiful Estes Park. There, we held both a VBS program and the evening meetings for one week.
After Estes Park, we took a mini retreat to Moab, Utah where we stayed at Daystar Academy, a small Adventist boarding school. This proved to be very beneficial for the team. Stuck in the desert with limited phone service, it was here that we were able to really bond and grow together spiritually.
After the retreat, we traveled to Grand Junction, Colorado. Because the church had done a VBS earlier in the summer, we used the time in the morning to hand out free Christian literature door-to-door. This experienced proved to be a huge blessing for both us and the many people who received the literature. We were able to hear many powerful testimonies and even prayed at many of the doors. The evening meetings were well-attended, and through them, the Holy Spirit moved about 16 people to baptism!
This summer was a very moving and powerful experience for me. I was very skeptical about leaving home for the summer, but looking back, it was completely worth it. I was able to share my testimony around Colorado and help people make a decision to come to Christ. Not only this, but because of the constant, 24-hour contact with the team, I have made a group of friends for life. This summer has shown me that if you’re able to commit to the Lord, He will use you in ways that you never imagined.
Erik Maldonado, Senior at Campion Academy