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    The Pursuit of the Impossible

    Fishing at Camp PatmosIt seemed impossible. But the staff at Zion Missionary Baptist Church understood that God doesn't only call His children to the pursuit of the purely possible.

    Every summer, Zion Church ventures out of busy Minneapolis with a busload of children from the community for a weekend of camp fun. This year, a door unexpectedly closed on Zion's usual campgrounds. With only five weeks left to find a new camp, the staff at Zion made the decision to step out in faith and trust that if God wanted their kids to go to camp, He would make a way. They began fundraising, and God's plans fell perfectly into place.

    Through their partnership with the inner-city ministry of Cru, Zion found a new camp. A lifeguard volunteered. Free transportation was provided, and the winner of their fundraising raffle anonymously donated funds for a week's worth of camp food. In years before, Zion had to turn kids away because they reached capacity. But this new camp allowed them to bring more kids than ever. Best of all, through their adventures at Camp Patmos, eleven kids indicated decisions to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior!

    "If there was ever any doubt about the power of God, it was erased for us," Peinny, a volunteer from Zion Church, says. "He meant to show Himself to us so we could glorify Him. And that's what it's all about."

    On the last day of camp, the kids' counselors had them fill out evaluation forms, asking them what they learned. "I learned that sometimes you have to step out in faith and let God work in you," one kid wrote.

    Weeks later, the staff of Zion Missionary Baptist Church is more enthusiastic than ever about what God is doing in their community. By showing them the road to Camp Patmos, God made room for the church to expand their reach into their neighborhood. Their hope is that next year, they'll fill not one, but two buses with kids who might be able to meet Jesus for the first time.

    When one of the counselors asked the kids what Zion could do to continue encouraging them, one of the kids answered, "Please don't forget me."

    Please join us in remembering these kids in prayer as they grow in their new faith.

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