Super Summer ‘feels like home’ to 3,000 students

    July 18, 2019

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    Super Summer’s red school members run to the recreation field. Recreation games included baseball, volleyball, slip-n-slides and dodgeball that students rotated through. Photo by Sarah DavisARKADELPHIA – The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) hosted more than 3,000 students from Arkansas and surrounding states for Super Summer June 8-15 and June 22-29. More than 70 salvations and 100 recommitments were made over the two weeks of camp held at Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) in Arkadelphia.

    “Super Summer is great,” said Ford Broderick, a student from Central Baptist Church in North Little Rock. “I like the real connections I’ve made with other people.”

    Broderick is just one of the 70 students who decided to follow Christ during Super Summer at the June event.

    “Last year was my first year of Super Summer,” said Ashley Ivy, student from First Baptist Church in Little Rock. “I get really homesick, but this is the first camp I’ve gone to that makes me feel like home.”

    Ivy stated that last year she rededicated her life to Christ during camp.

    “I believe in Super Summer Arkansas because it creates multiple opportunities for teenagers to experience Jesus in a real, life-changing way,” said Mark Parsley, student minister at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Cabot. “The number of salvations and those that surrender to ministry out of just two weeks each year is proof that God is at work in the lives of young people.”

    Super Summer divides students into color schools. The colors include yellow, green, blue, red and orange. The theme for this year’s camp was “Awake.” Students who just graduated from high school are grouped into camo school and study apologetics.

    “I went to Super Summer for all four years of high school, and my life was forever changed,” said Madison Allen, a junior at OBU and Super Summer college staffer.

    College staffers lead groups of 10 students. The staffers facilitate small group discussion, relate to the material covered in main teaching sessions and play recreation games with students.

    “I have never doubted even for a second that God uses Super Summer in a special way to reach teens,” said Allen. “I have seen firsthand the life changes and meaningful relationships that occur year after year. As soon as I was able to become a staffer, I jumped on the opportunity. I wanted to give back and pour into others just how much my staffers poured into me.

    “Students come lost and wandering and leave with a heart change and salvation in Christ. Super Summer will always be an important part of my walk with the Lord, and I will forever be grateful for this camp,” said Allen.

    Contact Sarah Davis at sarah@arkansasbaptist.org.

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