While hosting Camp Change last year, we were hit with some unexpectedly hard questions. The most specific questions that children asked regarding money were, “Why do some people have a lot of money and why do some people have no money?” Struggling with how to answer this, admittedly, I was not feeling confident in my ability to answer these questions and therefore, was also hesitant to give children a topical answer. The answer that immediately came to my mind was, some people make good choices with money and some people make bad choices with money. I knew that I needed to research and study God’s words to these questions to give children a Biblical explanation. Our purpose with Camp Change is to address sin and equip children with Biblical truths so that they may apply them to everyday situations regarding money.
According to the Bible, in Genesis 3:17-19; “17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
When Adam and Eve choose to disobey God, sin entered the world. It messed up everything that was fair, perfect and good. Sin also messes up the way that people chose to make and spend money. Money certainly has an impact on the way people live, and without money, options are limited to what a person or family will have access to. By addressing sin and the behaviors that come with sin, each person can in turn evaluate his/her own sin and make changes to sinful behaviors regarding money, and move towards redemption. Most importantly, none of this can be accomplished without the study of the Bible, God’s words. It takes studying and understanding God’s words, the truth about who he is and the perfect plans he has for us, to transform our hearts and minds, so that we may eliminate sin and sinful behaviors from our lives.
At Camp Change 2018, we addressed sin by studying God’s words and by having age appropriate in-depth conversations about what sin looks like in our everyday lives. We know that God gave us this important resource, the Bible, according to Joshua 1: 7-8; 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left,that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Through this process children were able to make connections and began applying God’s words to the real-life scenarios that were presented to them. This was so important, because children want to understand, but need to know how does this apply to me? To keep the children engaged we created interactive games that have a valuable lesson tied into each one. After each section of Camp Change curriculum, we prayed. We prayed alongside with the children and volunteers for God to come into the children’s hearts and to open their hearts and minds to God’s words. As a cumulative result of these factors we began to see children’s hearts change. We have had a tremendous amount of support from parents regarding Camp Change and how the lessons and conversations have affected their families, and how it has reshaped the “norm”.
Please continue to pray for the Camp Change ministry as we develop further and prepare for next year.