A precocious 7-year-old stepped off the bus and within 2 minutes of meeting her counselor, she announced that she liked to read. Her counselor, Joy, said that she had some books back in the room, so off they went!
However, when Joy produced the picture books, Lola was unimpressed. She looked over on the dresser and saw some books lying there.
“What’s that?” she asked.
The counselors both turned and looked. Joy said, “Those are the Bibles we have for you. We were going to give them to you tomorrow.”
“I want it now.”
“Do you have a Bible?”
So, Joy gave Lola the Bible. Lola went out on the porch and started in Genesis. Grandpa Bob came by, and she sat and read to him. When they had to leave to go to activity centers, Lola told the group she had to read Chapter 5 next. She repeated all the things God created, as well as the details of the flood as they walked. Lola wasn’t just reading; she was remembering what she read.
Over the course of the next couple of days, Lola read with at least 10 other people. If they weren’t doing activities or swimming, Lola was reading. One day, she didn’t want to go to chapel, and Joy was confronted with a decision: take away Lola’s Bible or let Lola skip chapel. She managed to work it out, a compromise, and Lola went to chapel, Bible in hand.
Because Lola loved to read, she was filling her mind with the word of God. There’s no better book she could have chosen!
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Onward & Upward is our weekend-long retreats for 13-15 year olds. The retreats use a curriculum focusing on character traits of godly men and women. We began this semi-annual program in 2004 with 39 teenagers and 46 volunteers.
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RISE is a weekend-long retreat offered in April for teen boys and November for teen girls, ages 12-18. OFC will continue to use a 2:1 teen to counselor ratio at RISE, and the curriculum and activities are designed to help teens build self-esteem and navigate gender-specific issues.
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