Bethlehem Blogs

June 22, 2018

Jr High Summer Camp Update Report #3

Amanda Knoke

Director for Communications

Marybelle Kim and Abbey Kolacz are Assistant Counselors from the Downtown and North campuses at Bethlehem’s Jr High Camp at Camp Shetek in Slayton, MN. Enjoy their final report and praise God for his work in Bethlehem’s 6–8th graders this past week!


I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.
In any and every circumstance,
I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger,
abundance and need.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
—Philippians 4:12–13

Greetings from Camp Shetek!

Its the final day of Camp Shetek! It's hard to believe camp is almost over. Thankfully, the sun has come out, allowing campers to enjoy their last day outside with friends. Though tired, the joy felt by campers and staff alike testifies to the work God has been doing—including the energy in our games, such as the Quadathlon and Jeopardy. Praise God!

Story Update: The Olympians have mysteriously landed in the middle of Ecuador where they were confronted by Elsa (Frozen), Hamlet, and Kylo Ren, who questioned their efforts and told them to turn back. One of the five Olympians, Lucas (USA), gave into the temptation and left his companions. The other Olympians, however, landed in another teleporter and magically made it back to Minnesota. Currently they are awaiting Pastor Brad Nelson to pick up his phone and tell them the password to pass a guard. Meanwhile, back at camp, the competition is hot between the represented countries. Team Japan is currently in first, with Team Ireland close behind. Team Cambodia is in third, and Team Ecuador is last.

We are so thankful for the way God has answered our prayers and sent his Spirit to move in incredible ways during and after Wednesday nights session. Pastor Daniel Viezbicke gave a powerful sermon about pressing on toward the prize of Jesus and focused the students attention on Jesus and what he has accomplished for us. In response, campers had many good conversations and more than 25 students confessed Christ—amid pouring rain, a physical picture of the outpouring of Gods Spirit. We praise God for these new brothers and sisters in Christ and pray that God would continue to work and that fruit would be produced. We would be so grateful if you would join with us and pray ...

  • for the students who seem so close to coming to Christ, that they will continue to seek him
  • for meaningful small group conversations
  • for safe travels to the Twin Cities
  • that students would have a smooth transition back to life at home

On behalf of all of us here at camp, thank you for all your prayers and support! We are excited to return home to you with stories of Gods goodness and grace. Most of all, however, we thank God for his faithfulness and grace that he has shown us this week!

Downtown Campus

720 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55415
Sundays, 7:30am, 9 & 11am

North Campus

5151 Program Ave, Mounds View, Minnesota, 55112
Sundays, 9am & 11am

South Campus

21135 Jacquard Ave, Lakeville, Minnesota, 55044
Sundays, 10:30am