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Falls Creek is summer tradition

Anthony Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, writes about the Falls Creek summer camps for young people.
BY ANTHONY JORDAN Published: July 21, 2012

Since the first summer assembly led by J.B. Rounds and W.D. Moorer, Falls Creek has been the destination for thousands of young people.

In 1917, a little more than 200 campers gathered for the first camp in the Arbuckle Mountains. Sleeping in tents and cooking over an open fire, these pioneers came to meet in the presence of God. Their desire in that first camp was to see people come to faith in Christ, and to see young people hear the call of God to missions and ministry.

From this humble beginning, Falls Creek has seen exponential growth. While the number of participants has dramatically changed — there were 57,465 last year during the youth weeks — the purpose and focus have not changed. Every week of the summer youth camp, the Word of God is proclaimed and demands of the Gospel presented. Young people are called to unreserved repentance and faith in the Savior, and campers are challenged to renew and refresh their walk with Christ.

Placed before young people each week of camp is the call to missions and ministry. God has used these times across the years to call out thousands of young people to missions and ministry.

Because Falls Creek is so much a part of Oklahoma Baptist (and Oklahoma) culture, it can be taken for granted. But the secret of Falls Creek lies in the enormous preparation by camp staff and leaders in the local church. Prayer has been and will remain the unseen dynamic of the Falls Creek experience. There is power in the thousands of individuals who focus prayer for the youth who attend as well as those who lead.

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