by Lisa Tome
Men from teens to senior citizens came from three states on Saturday, Sept. 14 for the first ever Janes United Methodist Church Training Camp.
"We're thankful for the turn out and the fellowship," said Rob Jugler from New Beginnings Christian Fellowship in North East. Jugler was one of the organizers of this event.
The goal of the Training Camp was to reach men from all denominations and to "equip and inspire them to grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus." Other goals set prior to the event included to make God more "visible and available", reaching men who are earnestly seeking God, equipping men to live as disciples, and inspiring men to make disciples in order to strengthen the kingdom of God.
Speaker Darrell Andrews, who is "America's Passion Coach", told the audience their playbook for life is The Holy Bible.
"God wants us in this training camp so we can let the world know who we are," said Andrews.
Rod Hairston, who is chaplain for the Baltimore Ravens, a teaching pastor and life coach, and founder of the Messiah Community Church in Owings Mills was another featured speaker. Brett Rush, a worship leader and pastor at Shiloh Tabernacle in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, rounded out the line up.
Rob Billingham and Steve Basht who attended a similar national program in 2010, brought the idea of hosting a Training Camp to Rising Sun. Billingham said that the turnout means it will be held again next year, also in September. The following year, the hope is to host events for men twice a year, in both spring and fall.
"Another 50 or so people wanted to be here but couldn't. God is good," said Billingham.
In addition to the speakers, a number of vendors turned out at the event. The vendors included churches and organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes.