Posts Tagged ‘God’

Too Much Stuff?

Have you seen the new iPad? It is pretty remarkable. I was literally a click away from pre-ordering one last night! Then I remembered an experience from last week.

The other day I had a box of belongings I no longer needed. I brought them to Goodwill, as many people do. After this, I headed to Old Navy to buy a new pair of jeans. As soon as I walked in the door of Old Navy I was reminded of an article I read in a World Vision magazine back in 2009. I was able to find a copy of it and have posted it below.

too much stuff

Next time you are considering a new purchase, think about the world needs and pray about where the Lord would have you spend the money.

 

Frank Colarusso-Assistant Program Director

Unseen Becomes Seen

2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

When I was in high school, it seemed like everyone was talking about The Invisible Children (www.invisiblechildren.com). Have you heard of this organization? Here is a basic Wikipedia definition if you haven’t:

“In the spring of 2003, three young filmmakers (Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole) traveled to Africa in search of a story. What started out as a filmmaking adventure transformed into much more when these boys from Southern California discovered the untold tragedy of Uganda. This tragedy revolves around Africa’s longest running war, where children have become the victims and the weapons. Rebel armies, known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been abducting children and using them as troops while they wage war against the Ugandan government. This originally caused the children to night commute, or walk miles nightly to avoid these troops. It is estimated that 90% of the LRA is abducted children. The film tells their story. After returning to the States, they created the documentary ‘Invisible Children: Rough Cut’, a film that exposes the tragic realities of northern Uganda’s night commuters and child soldiers.”

As a result of their film, these young guys allowed the lives of seemingly invisible people become revealed to America. This changed the lives of thousands of children in Uganda forever. They must have made the children they helped feel pretty special and finally noticed. These filmmakers literally changed the world.

Let me introduce you to someone from Malawi, another African country:

This is Timothy. I met him when I was in Malawi, Africa on a short-term missions trip. In this picture, Timothy is in seventh grade, he wants to grow up to care for orphan children.Timothy was always a leader in his school. His fellow students recognized him for his potential because of his kindness to everyone.

Tragically, I was recently informed that Timothy has passed away. He was just walking along the road (there are no sidewalks in Malawi) and he got hit by a car and died.

No, this is not a campaign to build sidewalks in Malawi nor is this indented to be a sob story.

Let me tell you a little about Timothy’s life. He was kind, friendly, including and a leader.People liked him and he liked people. He knew Jesus and lived to spread the word of Christ. He succeeded.

I’m not going to tell you to live more like Timothy because we both know that we are called to live and love like Jesus (John 15:12). Timothy worked to be like Jesus. You can too.

Jesus loved the unloved. He made the unseen seen. In the same way, the three guys who together founded The Invisible Children movement brought “invisible” people into the spotlight. You can too!

I know that there are times where you feel invisible. Just like you, others have felt that unnoticed, powerless and dejected. You have the ability to be there for these hurting people even if you are hurting yourself. You can work to ensure that the people around you do not feel invisible. Allow Gods love to illuminate out of you. Who can you notice today? Who do you know who is forgotten and needs to feel included? Who can you just talk to? Seek these people out and change their world.

frank colarusso-assistant program director

What’s in your Scrapbook?

 (Source awkward family photos)

In the midst of the biting cold – we had a wonderful family to warm our spirits this weekend at Miracle Camp. The Cook family drove, flew and possibly canoed their way here on Friday. Just to gather for an early Christmas celebration. And let me tell you, they REALLY know how to entertain themselves.

While your typical family reunion may consist of slouching in front of the television and trying to avoid your annoying baby cousins, the Cooks have turned this philosophy on its head. They kicked off the weekend by carting an eight-foot nylon reindeer into our upper lodge. The fun was only beginning. After everyone had arrived they played the most brutal game of musical chairs possible. The final round was between a six and seventy-six year old. The six year old won. And they were only getting warmed up. As I write this, the music and dancing from their annual family talent show is shaking my desk- and I couldn’t be happier about it.

All in all- the Cook family has shown the beauty of the Christmas season. This year- be sure to make an extra effort to create lasting memories with your loved ones. Even if giant reindeer, musical chairs, and talent shows are not your family’s cup of Christmas tea, start your own winter traditions and fill your family scrapbooks in the process.

Frank Colarusso-Assistant Program Director

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Wednesday Rewind- Outdoor Chapel

One huge blessing Miracle Camp participants get to enjoy is our beautiful outdoor setting. Campers have been using the outdoors as a place of worship since day 1. Below is a historic picture of one of these early worship services.
We think this is taking place in the Judson Bowl- where we currently have our Crazy Campfire in the summers. Below is a picture of an outdoor chapel service from the summer of 2011. We now have a wonderful outdoor worship center  that has benches, a stage, and a cross.

Frank Colarusso-Assistant Program Director

Getting into God

This past week, I had the opportunity to take a break from Miracle Camp life and talk to students at Mattawan Middle School about reading.  Reading is something that I have become passionate about over the last few years thanks to IWU… I never realized what I was missing!

At the end of my presentation, I was taking questions from the students- as any good presenter would do. One student asked “How do you get into a book that just does not seem all that interesting to you- even if all of your friends say it is great?”

My answer surprised me.

I told him to stick with it. I told him that it sometimes takes time to get into a book. I told him to keep trying until he gets it.

I’m not trying to be over spiritual, but I realized that my answer could also relate to Christianity.

How many times have you wanted to get into the Bible- get into worship- get into spirituality- but felt that you just couldn’t?

I know I have been there.

The answer is simple.

Stick with it. It takes time. Keep trying.

Frank Colarusso-Assistant Program Director

Sneak a Peak

Would you like a sneak peek at our end of the year newsletter? Click the link below and be on the cutting edge of Miracle Camp news!

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I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We certainly are thankful for you. Come back and visit soon!

Frank Colarusso-Assistant Program Director

Quiz Off

This past weekend Miracle Camp was busy with the annual Quiz Off. It was a fight to the finish- each team put forth their best effort to become the champions of the weekend. Any quizzer, coach or parent will tell you that what was most important was the fact that each student was motivated to gain Biblical knowledge.

It is not uncommon to feel that you need to read your Bible more as a Christian- but this weekend could make even the most dedicated biblical scholar feel guilty. These kids knew the stuff inside and out!

I hope that this week you can find the motivation to REALLY learn from your devotions.

To give credit where credit is due,

Brookside won the jr. high division of the event while Eureka took first for high school. Everyone did an awesome job and enjoyed their time here at MC.

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