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9/28/06-Tyler

Local Camps React To Documentary "Jesus Camp"

At the Kids On Fire summer camp in North Dakota, every waking moment is focused on Christian values.

Camp founder Becky Fischer says, "I want to see young people who are as committed to the cause of Jesus Christ as the young people are to the cause of Islam."

Instead of swimming and horseback riding children as young as six speak in tongues and pray over a cut-out of President Bush.

Mario Zandstra is the head of Pine Cove Christian Camp here in East Texas. With more than 800 acres and 40 thousand campers every year, it's one of the largest in the nation. He says the Jesus Camp is radically different than what kids experience here.

"That's not to say that I'm trying to judge them, in any way, shape, or form, but our goal here is for them to meet Jesus Christ. We are not trying to espouse a political agenda or a denominational agenda," says Zandstra.

Every day at Pine Cove, there's time for Bible study and praise and worship, but here, they focus on building relationships with other Christians through recreation and fellowship.

"Part of what we want them to do, is have a reationship with their counselor. We want those kids to have a relationship with that counselor, and ultimately for that counselor to talk to these kids about Jesus Christ," says Zandstra.

In spite of the fact that Kids On Fire is not representative of all Christian camps, many evangelicals are hoping their message will spread as the movie goes nationwide.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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