175 make faith professions at SBTC camps

Student camps hosted by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention saw approximately 175 professions of faith during four sessions at three different camp locations the last three weeks of June.

During M3 Camp, held two weeks in the Hill Country location of Highland Lakes west of Austin, and one week in East Texas at Pine Lakes, more than 160 students recorded salvation decisions.

The camps drew 1,388 students, said Mitch Tidwell, the SBTC’s coordinator for the M3 camps.

“The value of M3 Camp is it allows the students to get away from their typical routine and focus exclusively on spiritual things through Bible study, and breakout sessions to get a biblical understanding of the things they are facing in their lives,” Tidwell said. “There are no TVs and limited cell phone use. It’s really a week to get away and spend time with God among other believers.”

Speakers for the camps were Johnny Derouen, associate professor of student ministry at Southwestern Seminary, Wade Morris, Birmingham, Ala., evangelist, Marc Farnell, pastor of CrossRidge Church in Little Elm, Wes Hamilton, teaching pastor at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, and Adam Robinson, teaching pastor at Double Oak Community Church in Birmingham, Ala. Music was led by the Justin Colfield Band, Jeff Johnson, and Cody Dunbar, with illusionist Jared Hall.

Alto Frio

Also, the multiethnic ministries department hosted 168 students at its annual student camp at Alto Frio Baptist Encampment in Leakey, along the Frio River.

The camp pastor, Mike Keahbone, challenged the students to be unleashed—the theme of the camp based on John 8:32—and they were also encouraged to sing praises to God by the Brady Davis Band. Contemporary Christian band Seventh Day Slumber performed a surprise concert also.

“The Lord’s favor was upon us as we saw sponsors and students impacted during the week,” said SBTC Multiethnic Ministries Associate Jesse Contreras. “We thank God for 15 professions of faith, 21 rededications, seven re-assurances of salvation, 10 students called to ministry, and 20-plus prayer requests.”

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