If you have ever been to Miracle Camp- you have seen our beautiful facilities, fun activities, and delicious food. Working here has literally been a dream come true for me.
We are reading Radical by David Platt in my small group- this book challenges its readers to think about Matthew 28:19 (Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,). I was challenged by this- how does my role at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center fit into this calling?
Then I remembered Shake-Up Kalamazoo– a new retreat here at MCRC. Shake-Up Kalamazoo is a summer youth group service program that teaches students the value of service and volunteering. Students who attend Shake-Up Kalamazoo have the opportunity to serve and share their faith in the Kalamazoo area. Youth groups spend the day serving then return to camp in the evening for fun, worship, teaching and debriefing. In my mind, it’s the perfect combination of service and fun! Participants even have opportunities to use several of our camp activities including the waterfront, high ropes and gym.
Last year I was wowed by the feedback I received by Shake-Up participants. Some said that this program inspired them to pursue something in ministry. One even said that Shake-Up was better than summer camp! I did not expect this positive of feedback from our opening year
Shake-Up, Miracle Camp, and Matthew 28:19 all come together beautifully in my mind. This has allowed us to reach out to people in the area who otherwise may not hear the gospel- it also gives students the opportunity to learn what it is like to serve others and spread the gospel. Click here for more information about Shake-Up Kalamazoo.
Frank Colarusso-Assistant Program Director