About the 2022 Winter Camp Theme
This winter we will dive into the story of Jonah. For many of us this story is familiar and we may find Jonah’s attempt to run from God and the fits he throws along the way ridiculous. However, we miss that our hearts are more similar to Jonah’s than we may realize. Jonah determined, in his heart and mind, who he thought was worthy of the love of God. However, scripture tells us that God desires that none perish but all come to repentance. It is not ours to decide who is worthy of the compassion, grace, mercy, and love of God.
Our hope is that as students hear the story of Jonah communicated, they would come to a deeper understanding of the grace and mercy that is displayed by God toward undeserving sinners like ourselves and that our hearts should reflect God’s heart for the lost. As our hearts are transformed, our response as disciples of Christ is to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ to a world that desperately needs Him.
For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”