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All Services Located At: 70417 SR 19 North, Nappanee, IN, 46550 (Get Directions)

  • Worship Center

    8:00, 9:30, 10:45

    Services in the Worship Center featuring light, contemporary worship music with live teaching.

  • Connection

    9:15 & 10:45

    Video teaching with progressive worship music in the Gym.

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“My Anchor is in You, God!”

It was the last night of camp. Middle School students walked through the dark into the soft glow of a campfire on the top of the hill overlooking the lake. The light jumped subtly, as if it was alive. The darkness over the lake also felt alive, like a spacious being of great strength and mystery. It is in places like this that you can imagine the great nothing before creation.

Layered over the soft sounds of the guitar, the voice of Amanda Veenstra, one of our middle school pastors, called out to the students, challenging them to take their stand—to make a promise to each other, to themselves and to God. She asked them, if they were ready, to leave their seat around the fire, stand on the edge of the inky black lake and proclaim their dependence on God.

“So when you’re ready, you can make that move,” she said before stepping out the of light of the campfire. She left only the soft guitar to fill the great silence. As students sat, thinking and praying, the guitar softly faded to nothing, leaving only the sound of water rippling on the shore below.

Then, with clarity and confidence, one voice sailed out over the lake.

“My anchor is in you, God!”

More silence. Then, a broken, hoarse voice desperately filled the space.

“My anchor is in you, God!”

Immediately after, another voice yelled his faith:

“My anchor is in you, God!”

A soft voice reached out into the darkness,

“My anchor is in you, God.”

Before that sound finished, two girls, proclaimed the truth together, and then more voices, and more, until the overlapping voices became indistinguishable on that hill. After a bit, it was just a wall of noise.

The big dipper hung low in the sky that night. So low, in fact, that it looked like it was pouring out onto the students as they stood on the edge of that hill—like they could reach up and catch God’s blessings.

The voices, hoarse from days of yelling, slowed.

“I will never not believe!”

“My anchor is only in you, God!”

“We love you, God!”

Then, a beat of silence before one last proclamation echoed across the lake.

 

“Lord, my anchor is in you.”

 

The silence that followed stood in stark contrast to the noise from a few seconds ago. It also was emphasized because of the noise that happens during the other parts of camp.

A lot happens at our High School and Middle School camps, and I mean a lot. Middle School Camp, in addition to going to Kalahari Water Park, does messy activities like Tank Wars in which they cover each other with powdered sugar, maple syrup, mashed potatoes, and slime. They spend a dinner eating spaghetti with their faces…only. They hang out with God one-on-one in the morning, then dance and scream and celebrate Jesus with each other in the evening.

The High School does things like flash mobs at Cedar Point. They compete javelin-style with paint-covered, foam noodles while riding air mattresses across a slip-n-slide. They run at each other, encompassed in larger-than-life inflatable bubbles in a soccer game. They listen to messages based on God’s Word right before doing relay races through waist-high soap bubbles.

We see God in the things that some may see as trivial, because we know that God is at the heart of the joy that resides here. He created deep, beautiful feelings, but He also created the laughter, the smiles and the excitement that comes from roller coasters, exploding watermelons and mashed potatoes.

Thank you to everyone who prayed over our campers this summer. We’ve so beautifully seen God’s work at all of our camps, whether they took place at NMC, at the Lodge in Syracuse, at Camp Michindoh in Michigan or on the shores of Beulah Beach in Ohio.

For all of the fun we had, we’re filled with an extra measure of joy when we see kids standing at the edge of the darkness, yelling their love for God. Yelling that, no matter what comes, their anchor is firmly in God.

If you want to listen to audio of the Middle School promises to God, you can find it here.