Life Stories

When Students Encounter God

worship service at high school summer camp milestone church

Seeing real life-change in the next generation is what it’s all about! The investments we make in their lives today impact their family, school, the rest of their life, and all eternity. We’re so grateful for your generosity, Milestone Church. It gives us the opportunity to create experiences where students encounter God in ways that mark them forever. Last week at Rev Camp, 311 Milestone high school students and 38 small group leaders joined up with nearly 1,000 students from across the country for 5 days of full-on chasing after God.

Your generosity creates experiences where students encounter God in ways that mark them forever.

Small group leaders witnessed students giving their lives to Christ, declaring victory over addictions, finding freedom from guilt, shame, and loneliness, overcoming abuse and family struggles, receiving physical healing, and being empowered by the Holy Spirit! Here is just a snapshot of the stories from this incredible week:

“One of my students was ready to give up on life. She felt alone, like no one would care if she was missing. In group time she opened up about this all and the other girls came around her and embraced her, expressing how important she is in their lives. We declared victory over the spirit in Jesus’ name and prayed hope over her. Wednesday night she was a completely different person – hands out during worship in full surrender, and a big smile on her face. She expressed the freedom she felt from the negative thoughts, and that she is no longer alone because she knows her identity is now in Christ alone.”


Kaeden came to camp struggling with severe depression and anxiety. Coming from a broken family, he desperately needed God’s healing. During the week he encountered God in incredible ways, experiencing real healing from the depression and anxiety. Kaeden’s life was impacted in such a great way, that he began witnessing to others at camp. Filled with the Holy Spirit, he was boldly speaking and praying over other students.

Jake wasn’t sure why he signed up to go to camp. He felt far from God and that his faith was numb. At Rev Camp he heard God speaking to him through other students and leaders, who encouraged him to step up and be the leader God is calling him to be. “I feel like God’s pushing me to get out of my comfort zone and to be bold and own my faith. I’ve decided to stop being afraid and to defeat my temptations.”

“One student in my group was closed off from the very start. She didn’t want to be there, and you could tell she was going through a lot. Despite having loving parents she struggles with her identity (physically, spiritually, emotionally), and that she has been self-harming because she feels so deeply lonely and empty. After our group laid hands on her and prayed, she broke down in tears. She prayed for God to heal her heart, and His Spirit to fill her. She asked Him for forgiveness, and to help her forgive herself. At the end of the week she said for the first time she doesn’t just think God is real, she KNOWS God is real, and that her faith is too.”

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  • Pastor Tim
    July 18, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Wow! What incredible stories. I love seeing how God is impacting our young people, how they are being filled with the Holy Spirit and encountering God! This is what changes lives!

  • Stephanie
    July 19, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    My son is about to head to college and Rev camp was just what he needed to help with the transition; He heard from God on a calling on his life, and has a new aspect on his next chapter. Thank you a Pastor Jesse and the entire Pastoral Team who gave these kids a week they will remember!!

  • Melissa Canas
    July 23, 2018 at 8:17 am

    I am so thankful for a church that invests in our youth. Thankful that God wants to invest in our youth and still changes lives! He is the Miracle Worker!

  • Lorraine Thomas
    July 24, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    The stories still keep coming! I love hearing all that God did in and through these students at Rev Camp this summer. As a mom, I am blown away by the intensionality God has over this generation. I am thrilled and excited! Jesus is alive ya’ll. He lives and breathe’s and moves in and through our kids! Proud momma and very very thankful for Milestone Church and the Student ministry team!