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Shocco Springs sees 1,000 more decisions in 2011 than in 2010comment (0)

November 24, 2011

By Traci C. Gyan

Through this difficult summer (following the April 27 tornadoes), God reminded me that what we do together makes a difference,” Buster Taylor, executive director of Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, said during his report to the state convention Nov. 16. The events of April 27 “reprioritized all our state ministry efforts towards storm recovery.”

While Shocco Springs was spared damage, it did hurt, along with the rest of the state, and took a hit in the number of summer campers, he said.

“Even though the number of youth and children attending camps was less, God did more,” Taylor added, noting 1,000 more decisions were registered in summer 2011 than in summer 2010. “It’s evident that God uses a different scale than we do.”

He also reported that Shocco sponsored its annual missions trip to Guatemala following the summer camp season.

“With 31 staff and volunteers joining the missions team, we undertook two projects,” Taylor said.

One team shared Christ with hundreds of children in five public schools and distributed food and prayed with families in the communities around the schools.

The second team completed a multiyear wall project.

“It was exciting to see that last block laid, providing Camp Eden in Santiago an increased degree of security for their campus,” Taylor said.

He also shared how he randomly met Chad Lawrence, an Excel native, while in Minneapolis recently.

“He (Chad) asked where I worked,” Taylor said.

“He then unashamedly shared that as a 12-year-old boy, he attended camp at Shocco and there prayed to receive Christ. He continued to tell how in subsequent summers, while attending other summer camps, he grew, rededicating his life to following Christ.”

Lawrence told Taylor that he attended Troy University and participated in missions projects to the beach, where he learned to boldly share his faith with others.

“Wow, here I was 1,000 miles away from home, listening to a young man tell me how attending a camp at Shocco
had impacted his life,” Taylor said.

“Our convention theme — ‘Great Commission Ministries … Together’ — is played out in this story,” he said.

“Chad’s home church, Excel Baptist, brought him to camp at Shocco. He found Christ and continued to grow in his faith. While at Troy, he continued to strengthen in his walk with Christ.

“Following what was a very difficult summer and year, God reminded me that what we do together does make a difference,” Taylor said. “I want to thank you, the Alabama Baptist State Convention, for partnering with Shocco Springs by attending events, sending children and youth to camp and by giving through the Cooperative Program. Together, we can have a positive impact for the Kingdom.”

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