Man Camp: Identity

Man Camp: Identity

I always look forward to Man camp. It's a weekend up at Warm Lake Idaho filled with Neature. (If you don’t get the “neature” reference check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm3JodBR-vs

    The theme for the weekend was "identity." John Eldredge says: “Identity is not something that falls on us out of the sky. For better or for worse, identity is bestowed.” I have recently been on a journey of discovering sonship with the Father. Jesus said in John 17:3 that his greatest desire is that we would know the Father. Jesus could have said a lot of other desires for humanity. But Jesus went to the core desire. To know the Father shapes everything else. You will never live beyond your identity. I believe that's why most Christians walk with their head down, defeated, full of addictions. The chief aim of the Villain is to take us away from our identity in the Father. 

Stepping Up. Stepping Out.

There is a guaranteed amount of uncertainty with every adventure. I think that is exactly what makes it an adventure in the first place. The unknown can be a powerful, yet risky, thing to face. 

This is maybe what makes our loving God so passionate about faith. Hebrews 11 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…  And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him” (v. 1, 6). His desire is for us to live a full life, a life of adventure, risk, faith and hope. We need faith to face the unknown. 

God has greatly challenged me in this area personally and in my leadership; and I’m not the only one.

A group of ten individuals, including myself, have said "yes" to a team-based, mission-oriented adventure to Argentina this summer for the purpose of deepening our partnership with a Baptist church in the city of Córdoba, known as Centro Crecer. Their mission is to grow the Kingdom in Latin America and around the world by providing biblically excellent training to local pastors and missionaries. It is such an honor and privilege to work with them again in both urban and rural projects and service opportunities. 

Our team, made up of myself and my wife (Tera), two young adults (David Pile and Megan Williams), four high school seniors (Ethan Ball, Cole Downey, Chase Koskie-Dungan and Brandon Myers), one junior (Bennett Kalpakjian) and one sophomore (Addie Coffield) are stepping up and stepping out in an adventure of personal discovery and experiencing God in a fresh new way. We are each uniquely gifted and passionate about the opportunity in front of us. I’m excited to share their stories with you in the coming months.

For us as a team to make this adventure a success, we will need a tenacity in prayer, lots of love and faith in our God and each other. But our team goes beyond just the ten of us. With every mission team there are those who send, those who pray and those who give. Would you consider joining our team in one or more of those ways?

Please pray:

  • As a team, we would be faithful in our commitment to this God-sized adventure ahead and to each other.
  • We would be humble, flexible, unified and compassionate.
  • Our presence in Argentina would only serve to advance the work of the local church and, therefore, God’s Kingdom to everyone we interact with.

If you would like to contribute to our fundraising goal, there are multiple ways to give:

  • Online to the team
  • Mail contributions to First Baptist Church - Argentina Mission 607 N 13th St. Boise, ID 83702

Thank you so much for joining us as together we step up and step out into the fullness of life God has in store for us. 

Mentorship

Mentorship

It’s one of my favorite things every year since moving to Boise. Man Camp. Or in other words…men’s retreat. I have been going now for about 6 years. I remember the first year. I had just moved to Boise and didn’t really know anyone. There was group of about 30 of us camping out next to Warm Lake outside of Cascade, Idaho. I was definitely the youngest guy there. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I wondered where all the “younger men” were. It's no secret that there is an exodus of Millennials in our churches today. And what I’ve observed is it's a lot of younger men. They're nowhere to be found. Why is that?