This year I had the privilege of going to Project 61 for the second time. As expected, I had an amazing and very busy time. I got to work with the 9-11 year old boys, which is my favorite group. It was great to see some of the same kids joining in from last year.
Though the boys could be quite hostile with each other, they were eager to play all the sports to the best of their ability and to listen to the stories and memory verses throughout the day.
I was surprised how much the kids’ attitudes improved when they started playing their first sport of the day. It seemed like every morning there was one kid who really didn’t look like he wanted to be there, but when you handed him a basketball his attitude would improve and later on in the day he would participate in Scripture memory and story time very well.
It was really neat to see how Springs of Grace Bible Church combined sports with the idea of living and playing for Christ. They shared the Gospel in a way that the inner-city kids could relate to.
I also enjoyed the preaching that took place at night after the camp. I walked away from Project 61 convicted about how evangelism should play out in my life.
Isaiah 61:10-11 talks about how beautiful and precious God’s gift of salvation and eternal life is. Isaiah wrote, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.”
I was very encouraged and convicted by this passage throughout my week in Tulsa. Isaiah compared the gift of salvation that God put on us to a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and that is just an imperfect glimpse of how beautiful God’s grace is. During the week I was convicted because I know how blessed I am to be clothed in God’s righteousness, but I was not letting that knowledge overflow into rejoicing and praise which ultimately leads to the proclamation of Jesus.
Matthew Henry commented on the last couple verses in this passage saying, “They shall spread far, and spring forth before all the nations; the great salvation shall be published and proclaimed to all the world and the ends of the earth shall see it.”
That is how Matthew Henry described a flourishing church and a strong Christian. Project 61 is a great way to fulfill what we have been commanded to do, and I came out of the camp with a better understanding of why Christians share the Gospel and how I can evangelize in my daily life as well.