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Diamonds Out of Dust

March 22, 2017
By Andrew Gilmore, Director of Children's Ministry

In the song “Diamonds” by the band Hawk Nelson, lead vocalist Jonathan Steingard sings,

 “He’s making diamonds, diamonds
Making diamonds out of dust
He is refining in his timing
He’s making diamonds out of us”

 Steingard explains that “’Diamonds’ talks about how God can use pressure, struggle, trials and stress in our life and make it into something stronger and more beautiful.”  This song was the theme for the fourth and fifth grade retreat.

On Friday, March 17, 2017, 84 kids and 18 adults piled into two
buses and set off to Sharp Top Cove Camp for SCREAM, which stands for Students Celebrating and Rejoicing Enthusiastically in the Almighty Messiah.  During the retreat the kids had an opportunity to have incredibly wild and crazy fun. They participated in a 3,000 water balloon battle, a giant three-person swing, a shaving cream hairdo contest, a crawdad and salamander hunt, and a kids’ juggling workshop to name just a few of the many available activities during free time.      

While having fun was certainly a highlight of the weekend, the real purpose of SCREAM was an opportunity for our children to grow spiritually.  The speaker, Trey Arnette, taught on the lives of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as examples to show the kids how lives under pressure can be turned into diamonds by God.  The kids were challenged to follow God when others do not.  Throughout the weekend the kids had a chance then to live out their faith.  I was able to witness our kids lead prayer in front of over 300 of their peers, truly worship God, and have discussion about following God in small groups.  There were also several of our kids who made a decision to follow God for the first time.  One child, with tears in his eyes, exclaimed that God had cut him to the heart, indicating the work God was personally doing in his life.

Looking back on the weekend, I believe that our kids’ lives were forever changed by God and that many of them took the challenge to allow God to make diamonds out of them.

Andrew Gilmore, Director of Children’s Ministry