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My biggest memory at Faith Week was the year Charlie Hall was doing a concert. It was the summer of 1998.  Halfway through the concert, we wanted more of God’s presence.  Charlie Hall is an incredible man and worship leader, but that night we were hungry for so much more.  During our tabernacle time, this is where each church gathers together individuallyto debrief each night, there was a moment when our youth pastor just started crying out to God because we were hungry for more.The next thing I know, I look over and all of us were on our faces and we’re just crying out to God.  The Spirit of God was all over us. We were praying things that just didn’t fit the norm for a church service.  It was just the most incredible experience that I’ve ever had in my life. And what’s great, these guys that have grown up with me, guys that I went to school with and friends from that youth group, we still talk about that to this day and that was 15 years ago.  So it’s one of those deals that you look back and remember that time in the valley when God Read more…

Growing up, I went to church at Eastwood and loved going to Faith Week.  As a youth it was a time in my life that each year was a new spiritual awakening for me.  There were many different things the Lord showed me each time. I would go to Faith Week and that would propel me into the next thing that God had for me.  I love to worship the Lord.  I love to be in his presence and of course Faith Week has always been a great place for that to come to pass. Faith Week has continued to have a lasting impression in my life and I continue to worship the Lord. I have been leading worship for years and I love being surrounded by others that are wanting to be in His presence.  It’s just such a sweet, sweet presence of the Lord whenever many of us come together especially as youth, there’s an innocence that each one has and it’s just really a special time. Sarah Stephenson

I remember a significant moment was when I was in the sanctuary at Faith Week. It was at a time of my life where I was conflicted and trying to figure out if I was called in to the ministry. I remember the guest speaker, Brad (who didn’t know me), came up and tapped me on the shoulder saying, “Hey, I just want you to know that you’ve been marked by the Lord.”  That statement was the Lord speaking to me. It confirmed in me the fact that I was chosen and called out by the Lord to do a ministry. Ever since then, I’ve been pursuing that call. So it was really significant. Faith Week is an atmosphere that eliminates distraction.  In the world today, we have so much distraction that hindrance the ability for you to sit and be with the Lord.  The best thing about Faith Week is you’re there for solid week, pretty much distraction free and getting poured into.  People are loving on you and presenting truth, and hopefully you yourself are pursuing truth at the same time. I know that in this world where there’s not a lot of people walking out what it Read more…

I received Christ while I was at Faith Week.  In ninth grade, the entire week I could hear the Lord speaking to me in a way that I’ve never heard before. I had grown up in the church since I was really little.  My grandmother always took me to church and it was justroutine.  That week I could hear the Lord telling me how much He’s done for me solely and how He would be with me just because He loved me that much.  Friday night after the service, we went to our tabernacle time. My older brother was there and everybody we were singing songs and we were praising God and people were giving testimonies. My mother came over to me and knelt down beside me and asking what was going on.  Obviously there was a different look on my face and I said Jesus done so much for me that I can never repay Him. That was the day I decided to give my life to the Lord. Today, I’m a parent.  I’m looking to leave a legacy behind, a legacy for my daughter and my son to grow up in the Lord, just as Jesus did whenever Read more…

I’m not going to tell you that Faith Week is a one-stop shop for the ultimate discipleship.  But scripture says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”  And that’s something that happens at Faith Week.  For one week there’s a lot of tasting going on.  There’s a feast of the word and seeing that He is good. There’s something instilled in one week. When truth is instilled, the Holy Spirit does His job to bring forth fruitfulness. And that is a great investment into any young person. This week is worth looking at your summer schedule and budget and saying, “Well, we got this and we got this but we need to invest the kingdom of God into our kids.”  Parents, it’s worth the investment into the life of your student. I remember when I went through a time in my life while growing where I was hearing about Jesus week in and weekout,in Sunday school, listening to the sermon on Sunday and everything.  But I came to the point where I had to ask hard questions. God isn’t scared of the hard questions.  I asked, “God if you’re really real and you exist prove it to me.”  God not Read more…

One summer, a ministry partner of mine who would paint during the worship came to Faith Week.  The painting was inspired by the Lord as much as the worship. I can remember talking about what the Lord has accomplished us. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”2 Corinthians 5:21. He became filth and sin.  Why?  So he could eliminate it’seffect on what He loves most…His creation.  Oh the Lord had our attention!  I remember turning around and seeing what the painter had painted.  She painted the picture of a door and it had a crown hanging on the doorknob. It had a red blood handprint symbolizing Christ had gone through the door and became what cripples us…sin. Then he rescued me.  He went in a door that I hide behind and brought me out. I think for anybody between the ages of 13 to 18, in that middle school or high school range, the real draw to Faith Week is “experience.”  It’s that word “experience”, trust me you will experience the Lord.  It’s like no other camp. There’s a lot of camps you can go Read more…

I grew up at Eastwood and went to Faith Week for several years.  Faith Week was very life changing for me.  It was there I would say I first knew the presence of God in a very strong way.  The preaching and the teaching that I received help mold and shape my life as a youth, especially with getting a deeper understanding of the word of God. There was something very specific God had created me for and it was at Faith Week I felt God’s call to the ministry and missions.  From there I had a strong sense of God’s leadership in my life.  I went to work with international missions organizations for over 15 years and I got to travel the world. I saw God move in a powerful way as people were saved and lives were changed. I’ve seen God’s Kingdom established across the world. Now the Lord has sent me back home to Eastwood as the worship pastor. Faith Week continues to be one of the most coveted times for us as a church. We get to focus on youth and impart and pour in back to their lives Godly things. We let God really move Read more…

There’s so many distractions and so much technology and social media that we say they need a break from all of that to refocus on Jesus. So Faith Week is an intense week, there’s no cellphones, there’s no MP3 players, no iPods, iPads, computers for the kids and they refocus on Jesus plus there’s a lot of positive peer pressure. So there’s a little push back from some of the kids because they’re so used to being connected to social media.  We just believe it’s good.  We know it’s a great week and everything is geared towards students, music, and bible messages.  Yeah the food is great.  The recreation is great.  So overall we know it’s a time to refocus and come back and focus on Christ. There’s a lot of campers, a lot of options, there’s a lot of people doing great stuff but I would say our track record over 30 years of doing this is positive.  We’re going to make it a positive experience for the kids and they need it.  You know they need it.  It’s life changing.  My son who had made a profession at Faith, a church was really transformed a few years ago Read more…