Mississippi College

MC Welcomes Louisiana Campers

July 30, 2007

Bible study combined with sports and time for fellowship on the Mississippi College campus all week for 16 children from First Baptist Church in Monroe, La.

They were here for Centri-Kid camp to close out a busy summer for the Baptist-affiliated university in Clinton, Miss. MC leaders reported a record 10,000 campers on hand from 14 states. MC's summer camp season lasted for two months.

The July 27-31 camp at MC brought the energetic Monroe kids - third through sixth graders - to the MC campus to spend much of their time focusing on God, said Pam Jones, the children's minister at the church.

Each day, "the children learned how each person has a part of the greatest story ever - God's story," Jones said on a rainy Wednesday. 'God has a wonderful plan for each of us in life. It is our job to get to know God more."

The theme of the camp was "Lights, camera, action!" And what is often a phrase used on Hollywood movie sets is very appropriate for the scene at Mississippi College. "God has provided our script for life - the Bible," Jones said.

The church group from Louisiana joined counterparts from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas and other states to worship, spend time quietly praying and learning Bible lessons. Kids from Monroe and other communities always looked forward to time for OMC or Organized Mass Chaos. The event, she said, allowed kids to perform tasks and work together to reach a goal.

With the campers getting ready to leave their MC dorm rooms, pack up and say their goodbyes, Jones, who traveled to the Central Mississippi camp with two of her children, was delighted about their stay at MC.

"Our children left camp with a new excitement for the Lord!" she said. "It's great to spend time getting to know God more and having fun."

Other leaders from Monroe's First Baptist Church making the trip included Terry Slawson, Bruce McClung, Kristine Bricker, Chris Allums, Michele Wilson, and Karen Burney. This is the sixth year for the Monroe, La. church to attend the camp at Mississippi College.

PHOTO (courtesy of Pam Jones): First Baptist Church, Monroe attended Centri-Kid camp at Mississippi College. FBC leaders included (left to right): Terry Slawson, Bruce McClung, Kristine Bricker, Chris Allums, Michele Wilson, Karen Burney, Pam Jones

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