8/1/2008 - CrossPoint celebrates 13 years of Judson sponsorship
By Michael J. Brooks
Nearly 300 middle-schoolers and chaperones from four states attended CrossPoint Camp at Judson College last week.
CrossPoint is a sports camp sponsored by LifeWay Christian Ministries in Nashville, an agency of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Judson has hosted CrossPoint for the past 13 years, and this summer's event was the only one held in Alabama.
"We feel very welcomed at Judson," said camp director Katie Warren of Washington, Ga. "The facilities are very good and we have freedom to use what we need, including the gym at Marion Military Institute across town. Many of the church groups here this week have been before and they love coming back. Mr. Clements (Judson facilities director) and his staff are always helpful."
"We see great advantage for the college since we have enrolled students who first came to Judson as CrossPoint campers," Clements said.
Warren, serving her third summer at Judson, graduated from North Georgia College in 2006. She is moving to Ft. Worth later this month to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with her husband, Ryan, who served as camp pastor.
The Warrens and 19 other staffers comprised the team that conducted eight camps this summer throughout the nation.
CrossPoint offers instruction in 10 sports and gives campers opportunity to choose two for morning and afternoon training.
Warren explained that other classes are held for those not so athletically minded, including drama performance, painting and scrap booking.
Campers also attend daily Bible studies and nightly worship.
"This summer we've had a band for the first time," Warren said, "and this proved popular with the campers. The music is upbeat and spirited and the Bible messages are geared to the middle-schoolers."
Joan Ross, minister to children at First Baptist Church in Laurel, Miss., made her first trip to Judson for this year's camp, though her church has sent campers to Judson at least a dozen times, she said.
"CrossPoint teaches Christian values and sportsmanship, and everything is Christ-centered," she said. "Iím happy that one of our children became a Christian this week."
According to Warren there were 15 boys and girls who made decisions for Christ at the Judson event.
"It's really neat to see how God works," she said. "We prayed that God would be in control and speak to the boys and girls in every activity. Helping them learn about God's love for them and his plan for their lives is what it's all about."
* Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department