Seeing God’s hand at Summer Youth Weeks
    May 17 2016 by Milton Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    For seven weeks each summer, youth from many of our North Carolina Baptist churches make an annual trek to Oak Island, N.C., for the Summer Youth Weeks at Fort Caswell. Middle school and high school students assemble for weeklong sessions filled with gospel-centered fun and learning about our Christian faith.
    Truly, this is an incredible disciple-making opportunity – not only for students who come to the program as Christians already, but also for those who might not be believers and have been invited by their Christian friends.
    This year, the theme of the Summer Youth Weeks at Caswell is “Every … one, thing, day, where … Living on Mission.” What a wonderful way to encourage young people to follow Christ and to emanate Him in every area of their lives!
    I give thanks for a program that has answered God’s call to minister to students from our N.C. Baptist churches. God is using these Summer Youth Weeks to train up the next generation of leaders in our state. Caswell is a place where many make a commitment to follow Christ, others who have accepted Christ as Savior grow and mature in the faith, and some answer God’s call to vocational ministry. To date, we have 275 churches with 6,701 people registered to attend. In 2015, we had 363 students who accepted Christ as Savior, 1,400 students made recommitments to Christ and 343 students acknowledged a “call” to ministry. What can be accomplished in the lives of the youth who will be at Caswell?
    Each summer an offering is received during Summer Youth Weeks to buy and package food for the House of Abraham, an organization in Haiti that distributes meals as a way to help alleviate hunger while sharing the gospel.
    Want to learn some amazing news? The offering received from the students at Caswell last summer exceeded $74,000. This enabled our youth groups to package 250,000 meals at Caswell.
    I am deeply indebted to youth leaders from our churches who bring their students to the convention’s Summer Youth Weeks at Caswell. I would also be remiss if I did not mention Merrie Johnson from the Convention staff, who is leading this ministry for the 15th year. Merrie has been faithful in obeying God’s call to work with youth across our state and to organize a ministry that promotes the love, grace and transforming power of Jesus.
    Merrie selects and trains a group of student summer workers each year to serve as the BeDoTell team for leading worship at Caswell. This is a talented group of young adults who are passionate about serving Christ and making disciples.
    I ask you to join with me in remembering Merrie and the BeDoTell workers in your prayers as they are preparing for Summer Youth Weeks.
    (EDITOR’S NOTE – If you or your church would like to learn more about North Carolina Baptist Youth Weeks at Fort Caswell, please visit or contact or (800) 395-5105, ext. 5566. To learn more about Caswell, visit

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