In just a few short months we will heading off to Camp Cherokee for summer camp. I am extremely excited about this camp because a few short years ago I attended this camp as a leader and directly after it, I received my call to ministry. More specifically, student ministry. This place holds a special spot in my heart because it will forever be a reminder of God’s call on my life. Also, another reason why I am excited is because of this year’s theme: THRIVE. This word is used many times in the Bible but my favorites are Proverbs 11:28 “Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.” Here the word “thrive” means ‘to sprout, shoot out, to become apparent, and to break out’.  The picture below is of desert wildflowers called the creosote shrub. It is a flower that is known to thrive in an environment where it isn’t supposed to. Also it is the first thing that jumps out to you when you look at the picture, it ‘becomes apparent’ very quickly. They flourish in a wasteland! My other favorite is Zechariah 9:17 “How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.” The word “thrive” here means ‘to prosper or to make prosper’. When you look at the combination of these words used in their context, you have a word that means not only to become apparent or break out to others, but also means to make others prosper. My desire for Camp Cherokee is that every student involved would grow closer in their walk with Jesus, so close that is causes those they come into contact with to thrive! Please begin praying now for this special week as we seek to desire a thriving relationship with our Savior. 

His Glory Alone,

Josh Simpson

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