Growing in the Lord at Youth Weeks

by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., Executive Director-Treasurer


Friday, June 16, 2017

When the days get longer and warmer, I become more and more grateful for God’s gift of the seasons — for the upcoming beginning of summer, and for all of the exciting activities that come with the changing of the seasons. It is around this time of year that I also feel especially grateful for BeDoTell Summer Youth Weeks at Fort Caswell.

Year after year, youth from all over the state make their way to beautiful Fort Caswell to participate in Summer Youth Weeks. These weeks, orchestrated by the convention’s own 

Dr. Merrie Johnson, have long been an incredible highlight of the summer.

During Youth Weeks, students participate in personal and group Bible studies and times of worship and fellowship, all in addition to typical camp activities. Students also spend time packaging food for those less fortunate in Haiti. I am always so impressed by the way the Lord has given these students His servant’s heart. What a testament to the Lord’s character and great love!

I hope that you will be encouraged by the way that God works in the lives of these young people. Since 2001 alone, a recorded 6,016 students accepted God’s gift of salvation during Youth Weeks at Caswell, 43,925 rededicated their lives to Christ, and 3,441 answered a call to ministry. In addition, these students have packaged a total of 1.5 million meals for Haiti.

I truly believe that the Lord blesses Summer Youth Weeks at Fort Caswell — the way that these students’ hearts turn to Him every year is absolutely incredible. Often, Youth Weeks are a sending point for students — many camp attendees go on to become strong Christians who serve in our churches, and many of them also develop a missional outlook on life, seeing their lives lived in response to a calling and their surroundings as their mission field. These young people are going into college prepared to live the gospel and to be a witness for Christ wherever they go. I cannot think of a better way to help these students become disciple-makers for God’s glory.

I would like to ask you to keep the students and the leadership in your prayers in the upcoming weeks and months, as BeDoTell Youth Weeks begin June 12. Every year, the Lord works in miraculous ways and calls students closer to Him during the camp weeks. It is my hope that more students than ever will understand the fullness of the Father’s love for them this summer while at Caswell as they grow in the knowledge of His love and grace.

I wish that every NC Baptist pastor and every youth leader from our churches would experience what happens during these BeDoTell weeks at Caswell. If your youth have never attended our BeDoTell weeks, I challenge you as a pastor or as a church youth leader to visit and observe just one full day of camp and see if you will not want to bring your students next summer.

”Remember now your Creator in the days of thy youth, before the difficult days come…”  Ecclesiastes 12:1