Rocks in My Backpack

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How much weight can you carry over the course of 24 hours? 5 pounds? 100 pounds? What if the weight wasn't measured in pounds? What if it was measured as sin?

Imagine an illustration of rocks in a backpack to represent the sin and hurt in our lives. Some of the hurt is caused by others, but most is caused by our own actions. When we carry it around and hold onto it, it's heavy, uncomfortable, and limiting.

At YFC Camp, our speaker challenged us to take a rock, think about what it represented, and carry it everywhere for 24 hours. We were all "feeling" the heaviness of sin.

After we carried out our "assignment", the speaker told us about a gift we've all been given - the gift of Jesus! Jesus came to restore us, and not only take our rocks, but take the entire backpack! He wants to rescue us from the weight of sin.

Kids were given the opportunity to have solo time with God to talk to Him about their sin and give it to Him. Kids all over camp were proclaiming "YES!" to following Jesus and leaving their rocks behind.

Of the beautiful shouts we heard, 10 students from WMYFC made first-time decisions to follow Jesus!! 16 made re-commitments and 10 said "not yet".  Please pray for our kids as they learn more about following Jesus, and pray for the students who said "not yet".   

What an incredible opportunity we have to witness the work of God in setting kids free from the weight of sin.


~ as told by WMYFC staff member, Amanda Poe


As the new school year is in full swing, and Campus Life and other YFC ministries are launching all over West Michigan, I invite you to pray daily with me for our leaders and volunteers serving on the front lines in the public schools, detention centers, and inner-city. Remember, our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6). Middle school and high school kids need to know of the generous gift of salvation and hope only Jesus can bring to their lives.

For the kids,
Dan Kregel

P.S. On a personal note, I want to say "thank you" for all of the support and prayer many of you have given to me and my family. We know that God is in control and our hope lies with Him.

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