On May 3-10, Campion Academy and Campion Church collaborated to hold SPARK: a youth-led tent revival on our campus. Seven youth (six from Campion Academy) preached the gospel and Christ’s teachings at every evening session. The Holy Spirit spoke through each speaker and His presence was felt in the tent. A baptistry (inflatable jacuzzi) was setup up by the stage and seven people were baptized throughout the week. A total of 25 people made decisions to follow Jesus through baptism.
Cade, a junior at Campion, was one of the students who answered an altar-call during the week and was baptized on Friday, the final night of the series. “This week of prayer really showed me that no matter who you are, not matter what mistakes you’ve made, no matter how many times you’ve strayed away from God, you can always come back to Him and give your life to Him,” he reflected. “Personally, I want to thank all the speakers for being willing to let God use them to help me know who I am and where I stand with God. They had a huge influence on me.”
The seven teenager speakers on this year’s SPARK team (formerly called Wildfire) shared their personal testimonies while explaining the Biblical basis for their beliefs on salvation, the second coming, baptism, the state of the dead, the law, the Sabbath, and heaven. Delanie, a junior at Campion, spoke for the last night of the program. “Through-out the week, everyone was on a spiritual high. It was nice having some HMS (elementary) students involved and being baptized during the week. Watching the younger students encouraged the high school students to rededicate themselves and be baptized. We had baptisms every night, and on the finale Friday night, we had 11 students come forward to dedicate their lives to God.”
The Spark team will continue their work for God over the summer at four different churches including VBS and evangelistic series at Campion, Chapel Haven in Thornton, Estes Park SDA Church, and the Grand Junction SDA Church. “I’m blessed to be able to work with this team because they are so dedicated to God and they are willing to sacrifice their summer to go and preach the gospel,” shared Pastor Esequias Perea who leads the Spark team.
Thinking about spending the majority of summer away from home actually made Delanie turn down the job when it was first offered to her, but God had other plans. “Originally, I went through the interview, and I said no, but I regretted it because I felt God was telling me I needed to do it. Eventually someone else dropped out and I got re-offered the position and took it. God had to tell me twice that this is what He wants me to do, but now I’m ready to listen and share my experience with others.”