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It has been amazing how God has heard all the prayer concerning the weather for this camp.  The storm came through during the middle of the night and we woke to a light rain that was gone by the end of our morning worship service.  We are all praising God! 

Since it was raining our students were not able to have their quiet times on the beach but they all found a spot of their own to get along with God this morning.  The devotion focused on assurance of salvation and they read through I John 2.  They were asked to take a deep look at their behavior and attitude toward the things of God and to pray for that the Holy Spirit would give them confirmation in this area or it encouraged them to ask godly counsel.  We pray that this one week will allow some of the students to begin the habit of seeking God through His word daily.

During the morning worship service Bryan Bailey continued to examine the church of Ephesus and all that Jesus had to say about them.  We read in Revelation 2 about all the things the church had done right and all they had done wrong.  In spite of all that the church was doing right Jesus called them out for abandoning their first love, Jesus.  He also read I Corinthians 13:1-3 and encouraged the students that even if we have all the accolades and money this world has to offer but we don’t have love we have nothing!!  He closed by challenging the students to keep pursuing Christ!

It was relay time today during recreation.  The students were divided up within their teams and they all participated in the relay that went from the pool, to the field and ended on the beach with all the teams in the ocean!  The kids play their hearts out and truly love the competition. 

Our students have really enjoyed Clayton King, our camp speaker for the week.  His sense of humor and honest in the messages allow the students to connect with him.

Tonight’s message was on Life or Death from John 10:1-8.  He clearly explained that Satan desire to destroy us because we look like God, we were made in His image and we are hopeless and defenseless on our own.  But thankfully someone died to save and protect us and that someone is Jesus!  During the invitation he asked the students what they need rescuing from.  We are praising the Lord for 10 salvation decisions tonight. 

The late night session was a concert by Jake Holman and then some worship time with Jake and the Epicenter band.  The students are passionate about singing and worshiping the Lord, it is an awesome thing to watch!  Our leadership surprised our students with 75 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts tonight!  It was a lot of students but don’t worry, they were all devoured!!

Here are some specific to pray for:

  1. Students will form a habit for studying God’s word daily
  2. Service projects that students will do on Thursday
  3. Strength to finish the week strong


The rain stayed away all day!  We had about five minutes of rain this morning and then it was dry for the rest of the day.  Thank you for your prayers!  Unfortunately, we have an 80% chance of rain on Wednesday.

The students start their day with quiet times on the beach.  Today the students focused on love during their devotions.  They were challenged to answer questions about their love for Jesus and for others.  It is an amazing sight to see the student digging into the word of God individually and praying on the beach.  Not only is this a great time for themselves but also a great testimony to the rest of the resort!

So far we’ve had three worship services and each time with the band has played a song by Chris Tomlin entitled “Lay Me Down.”  It seems like this song is quickly becoming the anthem for the week.  The words to this song match with the desire that we have for each of these students here at Summer Surge.  Part of the song says, “It will be my joy to say Your will, Your way always.”  Our students have been singing their hearts out to this song!

Bryan Bailey, the college pastor, spoke this morning in our worship service on Acts 19.  He challenged the students to take a look at their influence and explained through Scripture what biblical influence looks like.  He told the students that your influence as a believer is anchored in your identity.  Bryan will continue to dig dip into the word of God during our morning sessions. 

The battle continued today on the fields with a competitive game of dodgeball between the teams.  Each team put forth their best 30 girls and then best 30 guys to compete in several rounds of dodgeball.  After a day and a half of Summer Surge the Red team has now moved to first place with Blue, Orange and Green to follow respectively.  Our late night session was a grade competition tonight.  We found out that several of our students have some hidden talents including a certain 10th grader that has some very impressive dance moves.  Our counselors though shocked us the most.  We had one chew a piece of gum that had already been chewed and another that put someone else’s retainer in their mouth!  We are blessed with the best counselors and ones that would do anything to support their team.

We are thankful to have Clayton King as our guest speaker for the remaining of our night worship services.  Clayton is from North Carolina and travels all around the world speaking for different student events.  He started off with making some funny statements about girls but promises to make some equally as funny statements about guys tomorrow night.  His text for the evening was John 12:1-11.  Through the story of Mary washing Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume Clayton showed us four signs of true conversion; it is personal, passionate, public and permanent.  We are genuinely looking forward to all that God has in store for our students and leaders through Clayton’s preaching.

Here are some specifics to pray for:

  1. Our counselors as they connect with our students during small group time
  2. Strength and energy for all at Summer Surge
  3. The weather on Wednesday is expected to be nasty


Summer Surge 2012 has begun!!  From the moment the students stepped off the buses here in Myrtle Beach they have been filled with enthusiasm.  They quickly got their room assignments, headed to the meeting room for orientation and then it was a pizza for supper.  As the students began to fill the auditorium for worship it was obvious that this week is going to be amazing.  Matt lead a prayer time with our students on their knees.  Each individually praying for this week and all that is involved.  Our worship pastor this week is Jake Holman.  Jake has an ability to lead people to worship without calling attention to himself.  He, the Epicenter band and David Riddle played their hearts out tonight! 

Matt preached from the book of Joshua tonight.  He walked us through the whole book and talked about the glory of God.  He asked the students, “What if the glory of God mattered to you now, what could God do?”  He shared a personal story of time he spent in Denver and felt like he was in the wilderness and that God revealed to him through His word that this was about God and bring glory to Him and not about Matt feeling comfortable with where he was.   Matt’s prayer is that the glory of God will be in the heart of every student here!  To challenge the students even further with this Matt shared a new vision for Epicenter.  At the Warehouse we have started to reach 80-85% capacity on Wednesday nights but still desire to reach more students!  To make God’s glory known we will soon launch a secondary site for Epicenter in northern Cherokee County.  At this point we do not have location to hold this secondary site.  We will need another band, media team, adult and student volunteers.  We don’t have a lot of the details laid out yet but we do know we need lots of prayer!  Please begin to pray with us as we desire to reach our community! 

After the service the students go back to their rooms to prepare for Late Night.  It’s Monday night at camp so that means Team Competitions!!  The students dress in their team colors from head to toe and battle the opposing teams.  It was extremely loud in the auditorium tonight!  The students were full of energy (it’s obvious tonight is night one of four)!  Tonight was full of karaoke sing offs, Spam eating competitions and a group game of Heads or Tails.  At the end of the night we ended with Blue in first, Orange in second, Green in third and Red in fourth.  Some teams think it’s best to start strong and other teams strategize to come from behind, we will have to see what this week has in store. 

Here are some specifics to pray for:

  1. Open hearts for our students
  2. Our speakers for Tuesday, Bryan Bailey & Clayton King
  3. Weather (rain forecasted for Tuesday & Wednesday)

If you’ve not yet booked a speaker for your summer camp 2012, I have several weeks open next summer and would love to serve your ministry. I’m only booking one camp for 2012 as the summer is pretty packed already.  I spent three summers in seminary serving as camp pastor speaking to groups twice a day for the majority of the summer, and I’d be honored to serve your ministry. 

If you’re interested, send me an email at

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Pastor Bryan finished his series on Paul and the start of the Philippi church.  This morning we heard about Paul and Silas’ time in prison and how they sang and prayed in the harshest of circumstances.  Ultimately God used this event to save the jailer and set him free and his family.  We were reminded that people always watch how we respond even in the worst of times and that our worship and obedience should not be determined by circumstances.  The jailer saw a difference in Paul and Silas.  They were living out the answer before the jailer even asked the question, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved”?  Pastor Bryan asked the students would their life when they get home match what they have lived this week.  The final recreation team competition took place in the ocean where team after team were paired up to see who would overcome in the tug-of-war challenge.  While all the teams gave their best effort, the team with the most wins was Orange!  After lunch, some of the seniors and some leadership completed a service project helping clean up a small church called The Connection here in Myrtle Beach.  They were all blessed to serve.  We are excited to see what God is going to do in this final worship service this evening.  Baptism in the hotel pool is tonight and Woodstock Idol, a talent competition, will finish up the evening.


Another incredible night of worship last night.  God used Cody Deese to deliver a message on suffering reminding us of the sovereignty of God and how God can use the challenging circumstances, even today, to draw us closer to Him to remind us of our need for a saviour.  He reminded us when we are in the middle of trials and sufferings, it is not over yet.  God lifts our head (Psalm 3:3-6) and weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5).  After worship, seniors were treated to Krispy Kreme doughnuts by Bryan Bailey and the college ministry.  Everyone came returned for a late night City Takers……an Atlanta-based christian hiphop ministry, for a night of unique praise and worship with an urban flair.  Please pray that today God would continue to move in a mighty way in the lives of our students and leaders.  It has been an incredible week so far….you would be proud of our FBCW students!


This morning started early with a pancake breakfast for all.  The FBCW camp leadership team here at Myrtle Beach is awesome!  They do a phenomenal job handling the planning and day to day operations so Pastor Matt can be a shepherd to his students.  Here they are up and early making pancakes!

After breakfast, the students met with their leader for small group time.  Many meet on the beach or around the facility.  Then we all headed to morning worship where again Chris Coleman and the Epicenter band lead us to a great time of worship.  Pastor Bryan preached from Acts 16 where the Apostle Paul and others brought the gospel to Philippi.  He gave a challenge and question to the students and leaders.  Life here and now is driven by eternity.  Are you using what you have here and now to bless others and further the Kingdom of God?  Challenging message!

Shortly after it was time for team competition for the day.  Going into recreation, the Green team had the lead.  Today’s recreation competition was the relay race.  Once instructions were given and students placed at each relay stop, the games were on!  The red team started out strong and never lost the lead advantage.  The red team won the relay race, but second and third places were close! 

Students headed to lunch afterwards and enjoyed their track times this afternoon.  Update later tonight!  Pray for our evening worship service tonight!


After dinner, evening worship began.  The Chris Coleman band started the worship service.  They are doing an awesome job leading the students and leaders in worship.  Then Cody Deese brought the message.  He preached from Matthew 5: 43-44.  Love your enemies, pray for those that persecute you.  The natural response to our enemies is revenge.  However, revenge never satisfies.  The right response to our enemies is forgiveness.  Cody told the students they could be set free and not be owned by their enemy.  He encouraged the students to forgive their enemies, whoever that may be……After worship, late night began with an Open Night of Worship.  The students were led in worship by the band and several different singers.  Worship was awesome.  Students went back to their rooms with their leader to discuss the day, pray and talk.  Another early day tomorrow.  Good night!!


What a beautiful sight!  Our students out on the beach early this morning doing their quiet time.  Leaders led their campers in small group after breakfast and then all headed for morning worship.  Bryan Bailey, our new college pastor, will be bringing the message during morning worship this week.  He started off today taking a look at the apostle Paul’s conversion.  God doesn’t change our past but gives us a new passion.  The Gospel is the power of God for salvation.

It is not good advice, but good news!  When Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus it changed his heart and passion, not his past.  When he met Jesus there was a radical obedience….Pastor Bryan challenged the students to examine what their life says about the gospel.  What does their life look like now after they have met Jesus.  Paul’s past was driven by religion, but his future was driven by grace.  The gospel demands a response from us! 

After the challenging message, it was time for team recreation competition and todays was Dodge Ball.  As you can see from the picture, the blue team came ready….Mike McCoy, the recreation leader, gave each team leader the instructions and the games were on.  At camp, team competition is highly competitive and today was no different.  However, points change constantly, so who knows what team will emerge as the leader!  Campers are at their track time now.  Next update will come after late night.  Continue to pray!!  Satan does not want to see lives changed and hearts caught on fire for the Kingdom of God!  Thanks!


We got an early start this morning and after a short delay we got on our way.  We arrived in Myrtle Beach around 4:00 this afternoon.  Students had a short orientation and pizza was served for dinner.  Our first worship service started with the Chris Coleman band leading the students in worship.  Cody Deese, who will be bringing the evening messages all week, encouraged the students to have a passion for Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God.   Late night began with team competition and each team came with their game ready!  By the end of the team competition Green team had jumped into the lead.  However points change constantly so who knows who will be in first place by Thursday night.  Please be in prayer as we finish the first day and the counselors have small group.  Pray that students who don’t know the saving grace of Christ will hear, believe and repent!