100 years of Falls Creek sparks summer-long celebration
DAVIS, Okla. (BP) -- The 100th summer is underway for the youth weeks at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Centers.
Jason Langley, director of conference centers for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), was pleased with the June 5-9 kickoff at the camp. Each year Falls Creek provides new attractions while offering the same opportunity to encounter Christ.
"We want to make sure that people are safe, that they have a good time, and we want to make sure that they hear the Gospel," Langley said.
"They (the staff) are driven by making sure that kids hear the Gospel, so they have worked tirelessly to get everything functional from the new Icee stands, to getting electricity to where it needs to be, to coffee machines where they need to go, to getting product and shelving for the gift shop to be put together."
"It's just a reminder of how great the staff is, working to have everything ready for camp," he said. "We have 'set the table,' so that people can meet the Lord and have that experience many have had over the years."
Jordan encourages campers to 'tell their story'
Anthony Jordan, BGCO executive director-treasurer, made sure people had the opportunity to experience Christ as he was Falls Creek's opening week speaker for the summer. On opening night, he challenged everyone sitting in the Tabernacle to share how they became a follower of Christ.
"Dr. Jordan gave the vision for this place almost 20 years ago." Langley said, "To see the completion of that (vision) and then get up and share the Gospel in this place during a 100-year celebration is a fulfillment of legacy."
Sharing the Gospel is what Jordan did every night during the first youth week. On June 6, the first night that Falls Creek offered a formal invitation for campers to make public decisions, Jordan spoke on the parable of the sower in Luke 8.
He referenced how some in the crowd that night would reflect what the parable described as hard soil. "Tonight, there are people here who hear the Gospel," Jordan said. "It will land on your heart, but it's going to bounce off. Some will ignore what the preacher is saying tonight."
He addressed campers directly about what Satan wanted for them. "There is a spiritual warfare going on in your very soul," Jordan said. "Because Satan wants to blind you to the Gospel. He wants to cause you to turn away from the Gospel, and here's the reason why.
"Because Satan does not want you to believe in Jesus Christ, and he does not want you to be saved."
During that first invitational time, 271 campers made decisions for Christ, including 140 professions of faith, nine assurances of salvation, 101 recommitments to Christ, 11 special needs/other decisions and 10 committing to ministry. Each summer in recent years, there are typically more than 6,000 decisions -- from the eight weeks of youth camp -- and between 2,000 and 2,500 professions of faith each summer, Falls Creek reported. Falls Creek is tracking the number of decisions for 2017 online and showing evening services livestream throughout the summer at https://skopos.org/fallscreek/livestream/.
In the midst of the 100th anniversary year of the camp, anticipation continues to grow for a major celebration on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-3. The celebration will center around two events, a Saturday evening youth concert and a Sunday evening classic worship service. For more information go to www.fallscreek.org/100.
In connection with its 100th anniversary in 2017, Falls Creek also has released a hardback, full-color book titled "100 Years of Falls Creek: A Legacy of Faith." The newly released book shares the story if Falls Creek. For more information, go to www.fallscreek.org/book.