August 24, 2016
Every year I return from camp rejuvenated and tired all at the same time. I think a lot of our students feel the same way. It is hard to describe what happens at camp with the students and faculty, but it is a mountain top experience for most of us. While there is a lot of fun running around doing activities, competing in games and getting to know each other, for me the main focus is what happens for the students in their faith. Students and faculty have the chance to meet for worship six times in about 48 hours. God has an amazing way of using this time to help break down barriers and allow students to connect or reconnect with their faith.
This year our theme is “Building Up” from 1 Thessalonians 5:11. On Thursday morning at camp, Pastor Jamie talked about how we want to build each other up and walk alongside one another. But before we can encourage and build each other up we must understand our foundation. Our foundation has to be built in Jesus Christ. If Jesus is the foundation then we can securely build each other up and encourage each other along the way.
As I thought about this more since we returned, it reaffirmed for me the purpose of Valley Lutheran High School. In the span of our lives high school is a very short time period. Yet it somehow has the ability to be the time when a foundation is set for so many of us. At Valley our students and teachers certainly aren’t perfect; however, despite our imperfection we can help every young person build a perfect foundation, that of a belief in Jesus Christ. Just like camp to the school year, high school is just the start. I pray Valley Lutheran continues to help students build a foundation in Jesus Christ just as we have done for the past 35 years.
Mr. Robert Koehne