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Not Your Own Doing

Posted by Dan Bolin on OA10er @ 10:31
“Never think that you can live to God by your own power or strength; but always look to and rely on him for assistance, yea, for all strength and grace.”

David Brainerd, missionary
Several years ago, I was invited to speak at the chapel service for the Cleveland Indians (a major league baseball team) before their Sunday afternoon game with the Texas Rangers.

Knowing nothing of their spiritual condition or religious background, I chose to speak about God’s grace. I told them that fans would cheer or boo them depending upon their performance. However, God looks at them differently. Even if they struck out every time they came to bat (a bad thing in baseball), God would not love them less. And even if they hit a home run every time (a very good thing), God would not love them more.

His grace is rooted in Christ’s death on the cross and His victory over sin and death, not our performance.    

The person and work of Jesus (not the person and work of any of the rest of us) is key. Paul reminds the Ephesians – and us – that we can do nothing to earn our salvation; it is a gift freely given and received: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) 

When you strike out, trust God. When you hit a home run, thank God. Swing for the fence, and relax in the grace God provides.  
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CCI-Canada asks for prayer that God will provide wisdom to camp leaders in their interaction with staff and with the general public.


CCI-UK asks for prayer to find the perfect replacement for Linda, their Finance Officer, who left last week. They are thankful for Karen, who is standing in, but need a permanent replacement who will fit in with the team and help the ministry continue to deliver for its members. They are also thankful for excellent board meetings this week, both of CCI-UK and CSCBG, our buying group. And finally, they ask for protection, great weather and God encounters for all those young people going on Christian camps over the summer, which start in the next few weeks.

The new board of directors of CCI-Spain is taking over their responsibilities. Please pray for wisdom as they guide the ministry into the future and all God has for His camps in Spain. Government paperwork is always complicated. Ask the Lord to guide Manuel as he finishes up some very needed work with the Government for CCI-Spain. Ask the Lord to take it smoothly through to the end. Pray for the camp leaders in Spain who are enthused about CCI, but have not become members as yet, that they would take steps toward membership.

Please pray for the 
CC-New Zealand national conference taking place on July 31 - August 3 at Totara Springs Conference Center. Pray for the preparations happening now for this event and that all the details will be remembered and taken care of. Pray for the speakers, that the Lord will teach them what to say and give them joy as they teach. And for all who attend - for safe travel, good fellowship and connection, encouragement, inspiration and refreshment


Please pray for the Board of Directors of CCI-Worldwide as they search for the next International Director of CCI. Pray for wisdom, discernment, unity and direction as they work to fill this position with God's choice for the next years of ministry. Pray for sensitivity and obedience in the heart of the one the Lord is calling to step into CCI leadership. And pray for current CCI International Director Dan Bolin as he seeks to finish strong and end this season of ministry well.


Christian Camping Community Malaysia ask that you join them in praying for events in October or November to share the benefits of Christian camps and using of Christian venues. Please pray that God will guide them every step of the way.   

Please pray for discussions about a consultation and sharing meeting in Budapest, Hungary. Conversations are at an early stage about bringing camping leaders together in September to meet and perhaps develop a network. 

CCSA asks for continued prayer for the Western Cape Province as some areas have had rain, but much more is needed. Also pray for families that lost their homes in a furious fire in the Knysna area. Lastly, please pray for the CCSA newly elected Executive team.


At least three camps in British Columbia are currently evacuated due to wild fires: Lake of the Trees near 100 Mile House is a small One Hope Canada (formerly known as Canadian Sunday School Mission) camp; Camp Tulahead, a non-denominational camp near Princeton; and RockRidge Canyon, a brand new Young Life of Canada property near Princeton. Please pray for safety and the preservation of their facilities.



Emily Hunter, the daughter-in-law of Gregg and Penny Hunter, has suffered a serious neurological challenge over the past week. She is home from the hospital and is improved but still in need of prayer. Several possible causes have been eliminated but tests are continuing. Please pray for a speedy and full recovery. 

CCNZ - July 30 - Directors Manager Training - Pacific Park
CCNZ - July 31 - August 3 - Conference - Totara Springs Conference Center
CVA-Australia – July 31-Aug 2 – Leaders Forum 17
CCI-East Africa - Sept 4-8 - Annual training - AIC Diguna Nairob
CCI-East Africa - Oct 12 - Safety trainingi
CCI-Netherlands - Nov 7 - Semi-Annual General Assembly
CCNZ - Nov 17 - AGM - Aucklands
CCI-Mexico - Nov 17-20 - National Conference - Tabasco
CCI-Canada - Nov 27-29 - Leadership Summit
CCCA - Dec 4-7 - Annual Conference - The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs, CO


CCI-Spain Jan 17-21 - National Conference - Siete Robles

CCI-Romania - Nov 21-22 - Director's Institute - "And Now What"
Please let us know if I have missed any important dates.
If you would like to be added to our mailing to circulate prayer requests, email dan@cciworldwide.org.Thank you for taking time to read and pray for these items. May God bless you for your support of CCI-Worldwide.  
Dan Bolin| CCI Worldwide | P.O. Box 9508 | Tyler, Texas | 75711 | 
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