At Camp Caraway, 'all activities point to Christ' : Thursday, July 1, 2004
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At Camp Caraway, 'all activities point to Christ' : Thursday, July 1, 2004
Thursday, July 1, 2004

At Camp Caraway, 'all activities point to Christ'

From contributed reports

Where do godly men come from?

They come from boys, inspired to grow toward godliness by other godly men in a training ground of challenge, love, modeling and expectation. For thousands of North Carolina men, that training ground has been Camp Caraway, the Royal Ambassador camp in the Uwharrie Mountains operated by Baptist Men.

Tom Beam directs the camp, which serves 1,000 boys over seven Sunday-Friday sessions each summer. "It's important for boys to know that being a Christian is not just knowing about loving Christ but serving Christ and living as Christ would live," Beam says. "We want boys to learn what living the life 24 hours a day is all about."

Campers, who come from nearly every Baptist church in the state, spend every waking moment in the midst of countless opportunities to share Christ and to learn the Christ life. They do that in the context of active summer days that boys love: canoeing, archery, shooting, campfires, hiking, basketball, swimming, cabin tasks and informal play. Evening sharing sessions bring home the spiritual lessons modeled during the day.

Utilizing lessons everywhere, boys learn they are never alone. Sitting in the front of a canoe you may not see anyone behind you, but you can feel them and you know they are there.

"All activities point to Christ," Allen says.

"As a camper you look at your counselor as a superman, because he can do everything and he has such an amazing faith," says Thomas Allen, a 21-year-old Wake Forest University senior. Allen camped three summers at Caraway, then eight years later was a summer counselor.

"I watched Christ being lived out 24 hours a day," he said. "The thing I love the most as a counselor at Caraway is you have 26 guys on staff trying to be Christ as much as possible to the kids. That's why it was effective. My counselor was the funniest guy, the coolest guy, and he loved the Lord and said he was there to show Christ to us."

Allen, son of Jimmy and Caroline Allen of Raleigh, grew up at Temple Baptist Church in Raleigh. He spent the summer of 2004 as a Youth Corps worker with Calvary Baptist Church in Reidsville.

"Ten years after being at Caraway as a camper, God gave me the opportunity to go back as a counselor and serve Him, serve the boys, serve the other counselors," he said. "That opportunity is one of the most indescribable feelings I ever had because God was giving me the opportunity to lead boys to Christ through action and words. It gave my faith wings.

"Caraway is where my faith was born. It's where God commissioned me to start out my ministry in more of a vocational sense, which is what I want to do. We're all called to be ministers and Caraway enforces that. Many staffers say that's where they felt the call to ministry. Caraway is an amazing experience that God uses in a very powerful way."

Camp Caraway is a significant part of Baptist Men's ministries, which are funded solely though the North Carolina Missions Offering. This year's theme is, "The State of Our Mission," and Camp Caraway is a good example of how effective use of missions dollars makes a tremendous difference in helping boys grow into godly men.

"When you put together 26 guys as counselors who are living to try to be Christ 24/7...when you see them in the dining hall and they ask about your day and say, 'I'm praying for you...that's what makes a Caraway year so special," said Allen.

And it's the atmosphere that helps boys model their lives to become godly men.
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