Dr. Scott Stevens
East Texas Baptist University Rec Teams, consisting of six ETBU college students on each of the three teams, traveled to serve over 8,500 junior high and high school students at various youth camps throughout the summer in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Colorado. Each team served for eight weeks, beginning in June and continuing through August. ETBU students were prepared for both the light and heavyhearted aspects of working with youth, passionate about carrying their burdens and being a source of encouragement.
“Everyone assumes that all we do is recreation. However, before each game, we are able to be a Godly example even when we’re being silly,” ETBU Elementary Education major Makenzie Bass shared. “It’s a way to show them that we can glorify God in everything we do.”
The teams are focused on communicating to the campers that service and leadership are about selflessness and flexibility. The Rec Teams confessed that much of their time is spent doing odd, small jobs for the camps. Whether it be airing up 200 dodgeballs for a game with more than 800 participants or serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the teams are committed to ensuring a smooth and gospel-centered camp experience.
“I went to Mission 58 camp that took place on the ETBU campus and seeing the Rec Team was a big influence…
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