Di­rec­tor re­flects on an­nual Train­ing Camp con­fer­ence

Cecil Whig - - RELIGION - By STEPHEN BASHT

Spe­cial to the Whig

On Satur­day, Sept. 24th, 75 men con­verged on Re­store Church in Havre de Grace from as far away as Philadel­phia and Bal­ti­more to be chal­lenged and equipped to live life as strong Bi­b­li­cal men.

The Fourth An­nual Train­ing Camp (TC) Men’s Con­fer­ence be­gan at 8 a.m. with a free break­fast pro­vided by the ladies of the Train­ing Camp team and con­cluded at 2 p.m. with Dar­rell “Coach D” An­drews giv­ing the “Fi­nal Mark­ing Or­ders,” to “Spir­i­tu­ally dom­i­nate your sit­u­a­tion, rather than have the sit­u­a­tion dom­i­nate you!” The day was full of wor­ship, praise, fel­low­ship and teach­ing, all geared to­ward reach­ing, con­nect­ing and dis­ci­pling men. They forged re­la­tion­ships with one an­other and with Je­sus Christ!

Train­ing Camp was born out of the need for re­vival in Ce­cil County and the be­lief that it had to start with men. In the past the event was held in Ris­ing Sun, but this year, be­cause of the gen­eros­ity of Re­store Church and Pas­tor Jessie Bousa, the event was moved to Havre de Grace.

Every man who at­tended TC re­ceived ma­te­ri­als and the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with other men in a 6-week follow-up study based on a book­let by Man in the Mir­ror called “Lead­ing a Mis­sion-Driven Life.” The goal is to con­nect with other men, and have the Word of God trans- form their lives. In the past, events had no follow-up, so men were left ask­ing what was next. By of­fer­ing them fol­lowup stud­ies through­out the county, we have the op­por­tu­nity to cap­ture the mo­men­tum we cre­ated with the con­fer­ence.

The high­light of the day was key­note speaker Gary Cobb, for­mer NFL line­backer for the Philadel­phia Ea­gles. Cobb con­tin­u­ally asked men to look in­side them­selves and eval­u­ate their pri­or­i­ties. He asked them: “What is truly im­por­tant?” He also used in­spir­ing foot­ball ver­nac­u­lar to chal­lenge men to stand in the “gap” in the power of the Holy Spirit, to be the men of God we were cre­ated to be.

Cobb also tack­led some of the di­vi­sive ten­sion that ex­ists in our coun­try. He boldly chal­lenged men as be­liev­ers of Je­sus Christ to be the an­swer, to be in­stru­ments of unity and stand to­gether in faith. His chal­lenge: “Satan is run­ning the ball down our throats, who is gonna stand up and stop it?”

The men left well-fed, in­spired and chal­lenged. Ev­ery­one is look­ing for­ward to Train­ing Camp 2017!

Stephen Basht is the area di­rec­tor for the Susque­hanna and Delaware coali­tion for men’s dis­ci­ple­ship for Man in the Mir­ror Min­istries.

Notes from the Faith is a reg­u­lar col­umn writ­ten by mem­bers of the lo­cal faith com­mu­nity. Have an idea for a col­umn that high­lights your church or faith gath­er­ing? Email ac­cent@ce­cil­whig.com. Open to all. Limit for all sub­mis­sions is 400 words.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF STEPHEN BASHT

The fourth an­nual Train­ing Camp con­fer­ence this past week­end chal­lenged men to be agents of good in their com­mu­ni­ties.

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