It is with a mixture of very strong emotions that I announce the indefinite postponement of the study campout this year. Regulations on travel and on group size make the expectation of continuing with the campout this summer unrealistic. God is in control of these uncertain times, and things are marching inexorably toward a wonderful conclusion, even if the present outworking may seem confusing for the moment. Wait a bit.
I deeply admire the attitude of each of you who have chosen to put in the effort over many hours to deepen your relationship with God’s word and the father of the faithful. I know many of you have put a lot of enthusiasm, energy, and commitment into the study on Abraham’s life.
Many of you have done so in past years, as well, some without even the motivation of attending the campout. It is a wonderfully encouraging and deeply moving experience to see another generation of people stirring their excitement for scriptures and coming alive to the thrill of studying their Bibles.
At this point:
You can throw your workbook in the trash.
Or you can go download part 3, and determine to make the most of your Bible study and finish what you started, regardless of what present gain or recognition you’ll get out of it.
Whatever you choose, DON’T set it aside and pretend you’ll pick it up later on - that never works. It just clutters your space over the next decade without providing you anything helpful.
Make your choice, and follow through with it.
For each of the young people who have been doing the study and choose to continue doing it, I encourage you to interact around it. Share what you’ve found. Share what you’re confused on. Share what made an impact on you.
There are lots of young folks doing the study and the reason God gives us each other is so that we can do more together than we could individually. Don’t let distance get in the way. We’ve got excellent ways of communicating globally.
I wish you the best in your continued personal study of God's word. Time spent now considering His word is time you never need look back on as wasted. The very fabric of this world is beginning to tear; let nothing stop you from making sure your relationship to the king of the future age.
Abraham - Father of the Faithful
Workbook Study & Campout 2020
Campout Date: July 1-5, 2020
Location: Richard, Saskatchewan, Canada
RSVP by May 24, 2020
Workbook Due Date: 20 June 2020
The workbook will be provided for download in 3 parts, all three of which must be completed before June 20, 2020 (Workbook is mandatory for all camp attendees, including brothers and sisters). The workbook will probably take 1-2 months of study to complete, so you must register no later than May 24, 2020 to allow time to complete it.
Please don't underestimate the size of the study. This is a large workbook that must be started as early as possible. Last workbook was estimated at 40 hours to complete.
Note that it should be finished by June 20, 2020. If you have any problems with the workbook, or have trouble finishing by the June 20 deadline, contact an organizer IMMEDIATELY. We don't want the uncomfortable situation of turning away a camper with an incomplete workbook.
The Study Campout is a study weekend based on the workbook and targeted at ages 16-25. The workbook must be completed by everyone attending prior to the study (including older attendees). The idea of this campout is for folks who have done in-depth personal Bible study on Abraham, to meet up with others who've done the same to discuss what we've learned and share enthusiasm for the lessons from the topic. While we've planned a few talks and workshops, the completed workbook on the study topic is the center of the campout. The camping setup will be primitive and rely on the skills and work of the campers.
Ingredients will be provided for groups to cook meals over campfires.
Wild camping! Accommodations are tents (no RV's or car camping) brought by the attendees. Everyone will be divided into camp groups of (probably) 3-4. Each group is given an area to develop into a campsite of 2-3 tents and a cooking area. Campers in the same group may choose to share tents. Please bring sleeping bags and mats or cots. Another open tent provides study space for discussions and talks.
Everyone is expected to get involved and make the camping projects and group activities (e.g. setting up tents, tables, campfires, cooking, etc.) a source of camaraderie. This should be a great opportunity for developing stronger Bible study habits and building some strong relationships around the truth and practical life activities.
All plans are according to the Lord's will and subject to adjustment.
If you're flying or otherwise having a hard time getting camping gear, let us know and we'll try to arrange for you to be provided with some.
If you would like to attend, but are having trouble making travel arrangements, please let us know as soon as possible.
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