Epic 2015 –God’s Power and Love on Full Display

Twenty-one students now have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!  The high school ministry’s annual trip to Spring Hill Camps, Indiana, was an incredible week. Over 700 students attended Epic 2015. God’s power and love were on full display during this week of fellowship and fun.

“I'm struck by how clearly God answered our prayers for Epic this year,” said Nick Hetrick, leader of North CT. “Epic is unique because students are focused on spiritual things and away from most distractions for a whole week. Hearing a high-quality teaching each night and discussing biblical content each morning heightens their spiritual awareness and opens opportunities for God to move powerfully. That sense of focus is especially important for non-Christians who are open to starting a relationship with God. We asked that many non-Christians would come on the trip and that God would reveal himself to those people. His answer was to lead 21 people to receive Christ! What makes that answered prayer even more exciting is that, in many cases, other students played a direct role in leading their friends to Christ. Thank God for how he uses Epic to give believing students a chance to do significant ministry and also to transfer non-Christians from the dominion of darkness to the kingdom of his son.”

The topic of the week was the Proverbs. Students read every morning from authors such as Ajith Fernando and Watchman Nee, and would hear a teaching every night on the Proverbs from some of the best teachers in our fellowship.

“It was nice to have some of the top teachers in the church give very detailed teachings,” says Trevor Rich, a student in the high school ministry. “I was able to get a fresh perspective on the Proverbs.”

Despite a forecast of rain for the whole week, the rain was minimal and the weather was great. Hetrick notes, “Going into the week, the forecast looked grim, calling for rain just about every day. While we still would have had fun if it rained a lot, we asked God to give us good weather so we could enjoy being outside and take advantage of Spring Hill's awesome facilities. God answered by giving us plenty of sunshine all week. In fact, the only times it rained for any significant time were during one morning's devotional readings and on another day during a massive paint war--which actually made that event more fun. As God continued to answer our prayers about the weather, I was reminded of Jesus’ assurance that God is eager to give good gifts to his children and that we should ask him to do it.” 

The high school ministry would like to extend a very large ‘thank you’ to the entire adult ministry, specifically those who contributed to Epic by donating money or praying for the camp. Through this trip, hundreds of students were able to experience the love of Christ, fellowship with their friends, and come to new understandings of God. Without the adult ministry’s contributions, Epic would not have been such a success!