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- July 2006 / BPC hosts fifth annual Daniell Baptist Association
BPC hosts fifth annual Daniell Baptist Association
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|Christian music artists Jonathan and Lisa Moore lead teenagers in a time
of praise and worship during one of the Worship Celebration times at the
fifth annual Daniell Baptist Association Youth Camp held June 26-29 on
Brewton-Parker College’s main campus in Mount Vernon. (Photo by Taylor
Ninety student representatives from twelve
area churches gathered on Brewton-Parker College’s main campus in Mount
Vernon for the fifth annual Daniell Baptist Association (DBA) Youth Camp.
This year’s camp was entitled “JUMP,” which
is based on Psalms 28:7. The camp was held June 26-29 and provided teenagers
with a week
of spiritual growth, fun, and fellowship.
During the week the teenagers were involved
in a wide variety of activities, from daily Worship Celebrations held in
Saliba Chapel to different “Break-Out
Sessions” which were conducted at various locations throughout BPC’s
Christian music artists Jonathan and Lisa
Moore from Columbus have been a part of the DBA Youth Camp every year and
once again served as praise and worship
leaders during the Worship Celebration time. Rev. Clint Purvis, the college
pastor at First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, served as this year’s
camp pastor. Rev. Purvis has been the chaplain for the football and baseball
teams at Florida State University for the past twenty years. In addition to
the Worship Celebration time, students participated in five different “Break-Out
with its own unique title and subject.
“Got $?” – led by pastor Greg Riner of North Thompson Baptist
Church – focused on how teenagers can be smarter financially. “JUMP,” which
is an acronym for “Jesus Using My Purity,” included a session for
boys and a session for girls. Led by John Braddy (boys) and Cindy Pilkinton
(girls), “JUMP” challenged the teenagers to remain sexually pure
“Squish!” was led by Dr. Christopher
Jones, associate professor of Chemistry at BPC. Teenagers were able to see
how God molds their lives into
His likeness through the use of play-dough.
By using the theme of “instant messaging,” teenagers
learned how they can improve their prayer life and thus grow closer in their
with God in a session titled “I M With God!” which was led by Cheila
The final session, “Busted,” was led by Mount Vernon Police Chief
B.L. Horne. By reflecting on one of his own life experiences, Chief Horne was
able to communicate to the teenagers that a person’s body is God’s
temple and should be kept free from anything that might harm it. Chief Horne
also serves as pastor of Stuckey Baptist Church.
Being able to present the message of the Gospel to teenagers each year in
a way that is fresh and effective has been the goal of Debra Adams and Laura
Hay, co-directors of the DBA Youth Camp. This particular goal is one which
they are happy to strive towards every year.
“If we are able to help one student come to Christ as a result of this
camp each year, all of the hard work and preparations are definitely worth
it,” said Hay.
|Five teenagers take part in an interpretive
dance during one of the Worship Celebration times at the fifth annual Daniell
Baptist Association Youth Camp held June 26-29 on Brewton-Parker College’s
main campus in Mount Vernon. (Photo by Taylor Hereford)
It is that passion to see young people begin a personal relationship with
God and for others to grow in their Christian walk that motivated Adams and
Hay to begin the DBA Youth Camp five years ago.
“The Association has always had a camp in Adrian for rising third through
ninth graders,” said Hay. “Some of our local churches within the
Association don’t have full-time youth pastors on staff. So when some
of these kids finish the Adrian camp, the opportunities while in high school
to attend other camps like SuperWOW and Centrifuge are limited.”
Hay and Adams immediately saw the need to provide a local camp for older teenagers
within the Association. The first ever DBA Youth Camp was held at Brewton-Parker
for teenagers entering seventh grade all the way through to those seniors who
have just graduated from high school.
“We had about forty-five students attend that first camp,” said
Hay. “It has grown tremendously over the last five years to where we
are now averaging about ninety kids each year.”
Both Hay and Adams are quick to give credit to the late Rev. Calvin Durrence
for the continued growth of the camp.
“Being able to see how the lives of some of these young people were
changed as a result of that first camp really had a positive influence on Calvin,” said
Hay. “After that first camp, his passion to see young lives changed was
stronger than ever. His commitment to see this camp grow never wavered.”
“We believed the camp would continue to grow every year,” said
Adams. “But we also know we wouldn’t be where we are today without
the positive influence of Calvin Durrence.”
Adams and Hay are also quick to give credit to Michael Aoa and the rest of
the BPC Student Affairs staff for their willingness to help in camp preparations
as well as making sure the week is the best it can be.
“The members of the Student Affairs staff are exceptional employees
and ever so helpful,” said Adams. “Thanks to them.”
Plans for the next DBA Youth Camp are already underway. Even though it takes
a lot of time and effort to make the camp a reality each year, both Adams and
Hay know their motivation and will never stray from it.
“The youth are worth it all,” said