By Tony Mattia
Saved By Faith Youth Camp 2019 was very encouraging.
The camp was held June 17-21 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.
This was the camp’s third year at Webster. Each year we’ve seen growth – from 50 to 100 and 200+ this year.
Saved By Faith Youth Camp is sponsored by Spurgeon Baptist Association and Trinity Baptist Church, Wamego, Kan.
Dr. Jim Orrick delivered eight messages on Romans 8 and we saw several come to faith in our Lord.
One of our students, Josh Berens, came to Christ on the last evening of camp. His family belongs to First Baptist Church, St. Francis, Kan.
Ten days later Josh made his public profession of faith. He was baptized and participated in his first Lord’s Supper communion service. Just four days later on July 4 Josh lost his life in a fireworks accident.
The funeral was held in Colby, Kan., with about 800 people attending. Since then we have heard several reports of God working in His providence. So far we know of seven who have come to Christ.
The Spurgeon Baptist Association of Churches received the following note from Josh’s parents, Kevin and Angie, and his younger brother, Matt:
“Saved By Faith Youth Camp –
How can we thank you enough for putting on this camp that so influenced Joshua? He was saved there June 20, 2019. Rest assured your camp is having eternal consequences in Glory! Thank you for the beautiful flowers. We will see Josh again in paradise!
God bless you.
Kevin, Matt, and Angie”
I end this report with a note of encouragement and appeal to come to Christ from Josh’s mother, Angie:
“Josh had Ezekiel 33:6-9 noted in his Bible with ‘Best verses for a sermon’ written out to the side. The verses speak of warning others regarding their eternal future. Jesus offers salvation. Everyone has sinned and needs God’s grace and mercy to be saved. The Lord God in power and mercy makes the way of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. He died on the cross to pay for every sin from the beginning of time to the end for those who believe. When Jesus arose on the third day, He showed His power over sin and death. All those who turn to Him in faith and believe will not perish but have everlasting life. Put your faith in Jesus Christ now!”
Please lift up Kevin, Angie, and Matt in your prayers.
Tony Mattia is pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Wamego, Kan.