The scene was surreal. I’m sitting on my bed watching a 14-year-old Hispanic boy and an 8-year-old Chinese girl engaged in one of their fiercest competitions to date. These two enjoy rivalry and, when they find a contest that pits them as anywhere close to being equals, it’s game on.
What was the latest fight-to-the-death tournament? Why, Sword Drills, of course!
One would naturally think the older kid would have the edge, but not so. His little sister grew up in Bible drills at church. Up until he came to live with us, our foster son had not been to church. He was given his first Bible three months ago, and it had continued to sit right where he placed it when we gave it to him. But something had suddenly changed. He had just come home from Crossings camp.
While the staff of Crossings Ministries are recovering from giving their all to another record-breaking season, I am once again seeing the impact of this ministry of Kentucky Baptists up close and personal.
Our foster son was more than a little apprehensive about spending a week at a “church camp” for teens and didn’t even to bother to pack his new Bible, the one he had never opened after receiving it. Our 8-year-old adopted daughter was no more enthusiastic when it was her turn to go to Crossings Kids camp. But within minutes of putting their feet on the ground at Cedarmore, all that changed. Our son was texting, asking if I could bring his Bible, and our daughter was refusing to leave the GaGa Ball pit even to eat!
Needless to say, they had a blast! And they came home with a hunger to learn more about God’s word.
Knowing her brother was a Bible novice, Cai sensed his vulnerability and challenged him to Sword Drills. And the games began. Sure enough, she had finally found a game she could win.
And as I barked out, “Present your swords … Romans 10:9 … Start!” I felt like a winner myself. Here, in my home, I was watching the gospel go to panta ta ethne—the peoples of the world. And I was blessed to know that the Cooperative Program ministries of Kentucky Baptists, including Crossings and Sunrise Children’s Services, were helping to make it possible.