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What's On Your Mind?

Posted by Dan Bolin on March 22, 2017 @ 10:11
 
“The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.” 

Charles H. Spurgeon
 
 
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I was sitting at an airport reading a very interesting book. Engrossed in the authors’ thoughts and wrestling with new arguments and perspectives, I almost missed my flight.

Fortunately, I heard the gate agent’s final call and boarded just in time. 

My mind was so preoccupied with what I was reading that I was oblivious to everything else going on around me. With my mind set on the book, everything else became inconsequential.

What captures your attention? What absorbs your heart and mind? What engages you so that everything else seems trivial? Paul says, “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1b-2)

This world is very important. God wants us to live well and influence others with His love and truth. But earth is not our focus. Our hearts and minds should be captured by things above, and focused on the One who is seated at the right hand of God. 
 
 
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PRAYER REQUESTS
 

CCI-Ukraine is a recognized authority on camping in Ukraine and has been invited to speak at a Baptist youth conference, March 31-April 1 in Lviv, Ukraine, that will bring together up to a thousand young people. This is a great opportunity to expand the boundaries of CCI-Ukraine and promote Christian camping as an effective tool for evangelism, Christian education and leadership development. Please pray for the team as they are getting ready to make this opportunity instrumental for Church growth and for building up CCI-Ukraine.   

CCI-Mexico asks for prayer for their north sectional conference June 2-4 in Chihuahua. This is the second year they are doing sectional conferences, and is the first one in the north of the country. They are also working in the transition from an operative board to a policy board, which includes the hiring of a new executive director and lots of work just understanding what this means. They trust God is guiding them this way, but ask for prayer for His direction in every step they take. 

Camps in Canada are in the process of hiring their staff for the spring and summer. Pray with us that God directs men and women with a heart for Christ and for ministry to our camps. Pray that our positions will be filled with qualified, quality people.

CCI-Latin America will be offering an all-day training event in Tegugicalpa Honduras in “purpose-driven recreation” on April 1. They are expecting leaders from churches, businesses (Human Resource Dept), and youth ministries to learn how to use CCI-Latin America’s Game Encyclopedia (1000+ fully illustrated games) and training activities.
 
CCI-Albania (RrKK) is making plans for a conference at ERSEKA May 4-7 with Shaun Thompson speaking. The Theme is "EMBRACE THE CHALLENGE" of Christian Camping, seeing “challenge” as a positive learning and development experience. Pray for good networking, worship and Bible teaching, for a good attendance and great blessings, and for the steering group of Asim, Anila & Ann as they organize the details and invite leaders to come.
 
Pray for CCI-Spain:
  • Praise the Lord for new camp members to the CCI-Spain association. These new ministries are excited and will be a great addition to the fellowship of camps in Spain. Pray for those who are interested that if the Lord wills they will become part of the movement as well.
  • Pray for the new board of Directors of CCI-Spain. They are a godly group of men and women and CCCI-Spain is thrilled to see what God is doing and will do through them in the coming years. 
  • Please pray for each camp and camp program that God, the Creator of all things, will give very creative ideas to reach the people in Spain with the Gospel and see them grow in Him.
  • Ask the Lord to bless the spring programs each center has organized the God will get glory to His name through it all.

CCCA would appreciate prayers for their spring The Power of Camp campaign. This is one of their initiatives to raise the awareness and esteem for Christian camping. Through social media and other various media outlets, they want to see more and more kids get to camp. Pray for opportunities through media outlets and also our efforts at “inreach” with church’s and children’s and youth ministries. CCCA is also wrapping up our Sectional season gatherings around the country with just a few more to go. Pray that those who attend will leave encouraged and equipped in their ministries. Also, many of the CCCA camps are in the midst of the hiring process for summer staff. Pray that God brings the right individuals and makes the hiring process smooth and quick for each of these camps. A common theme for camp staffing needs is male camp counselors.
 
Please pray for CCSA and the preparations happening now for South Africa’s National Day of Prayer on April 22 in Bloemfontein. Please pray also for the CCSA Conference planning. Their theme is Faith Activated. Pray for regional meetings to be held in second quarter and for much needed rain in Cape Province. Finally, please pray for the wellbeing of CCSA Members.
 
 
CALENDAR
 

2017
 
CCI-Latin America - April 1 - Purpose-Driven Recreation training event - Honduras
CCI-Romania - April 7-9 - National Conference
CCI-Ukraine - April 21-23 - Staff Training Workshop
CCI-Ukraine - April 30 - May 2 - Staff Training Workshop
CCI-Albania - May 4-7 - Annual RrKK Conference - Erseka
CCI-Ukraine - May 6-9 - Staff Training Workshop
CCI-Latin America and CCI-Brazil - May 15-19 - Joint Convention - Iguazu Falls, Brazil
CCI-Mexico - June 2-4 - North Sectional Conference - Chihuahua
CCSA - June 6-9 - Annual Conference - Heron Bridge
CCI-West Africa - June 12-16 - Training Event -Accra Ghana
CCI-West Africa - June 17-18 - Consultation - Freetown, Sierra Leone
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-Netherlands - Nov 7 - Semi-Annual General Assembly
CCNZ - Nov 17 - AGM - Aucklands
CCI-Mexico - Nov 17-20 - National Conference - Tabasco
CCCA - Dec 4-7 - Annual Conference - The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs, CO
 
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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