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‘Lives changed’ at Rockford Baptist’s youth campcomment (0)

June 28, 2012

By Maggie Walsh


After eight months of prayer and preparation, Rockford Baptist Church’s Youth Camp 2012 at Camp Toknowhim in Pisgah was a blessed experience where “lives were changed,” said Jeff Fuller, pastor of the Central Baptist Association church.

“Dare 2 Disciple” was the theme for this year’s third annual camp, which was June 11–15.

At the camp the young people participated in Bible studies and quiet times written by Fuller and fellowshipped to strengthen their relationships with one another. Lebron Spradley led the daily worship services.

Tina Fuller, Rockford Baptist’s youth director and Jeff Fuller’s wife, took away all electronic devices at the beginning of the week. The absence of phones and music players gave students the “freedom to relate in a spiritual way with God,” Jeff Fuller said.

Each year the Rockford youth raise money for the camp through car washes, bake sales, a pancake breakfast, a pinto bean supper and a dinner theater.

“We believe that by earning their own way to camp, it teaches them a valuable work ethic and gives them ownership,” Fuller said. “We hope to teach them that, ‘He who doesn’t work, doesn’t eat.’”

The final night was a special time for the group, Fuller said. As they rode on a trailer to an overlook for the final service of the week, Fuller challenged them to come alongside one another and “carry the burdens” of their brothers and sisters in Christ. 

During the drive the students encountered three eight-foot crosses on the side of the road. Every member of the group had to work together to carry the crosses to the overlook, where they were reminded of the challenge that following Christ can be. 

Of the 30 people who attended “Dare 2 Disciple,” four students accepted Christ into their hearts and two rededicated their lives.

“As I watched the week unfold, my thought was, ‘I wish the entire church could be here and be renewed,’” chaperone Joel Glover said.

Rockford plans to continue hosting Youth Camp in upcoming years.

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