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A spiritual ‘trifecta’

Lieutenant Stephen Mayes, Stapleton (Staten Island), N.Y., Corps officer, said he was “humbled” when he was asked to lead a Bible study on the beach at this year’s camp meetings.

Aspiritualtrifecta_ins“It was a privilege because I’m a younger officer,” says Mayes, who found Jesus Christ through the ministry of Camp SWONEKY in Oregonia, Ohio. “And some of the officers who have done it in the past are some of my heroes in a way.”

On the first day, Mayes looked around and saw about 130 people in beach chairs or standing, waiting to hear him teach on the Holy Spirit. The former youth outreach specialist and officer since 2011 said the “public proclamation of the Gospel” was somewhat unexpected.

“I knew we were going to have a lot of Salvationists, but I wasn’t expecting other folks to listen in and to join us,” he says. “That’s now been something in the back to my mind, even as I’m teaching. That is a blessing to me to be a part of that.”

At the same time each morning in the Pavilion, Colonels Janet and Richard Munn led a Bible study and drew crowds of more than 100.

Mayes said it was a blessing to know that, between the two Bible studies, more than 200 people were hearing the Gospel.

“I love the beach. I love the Word. I love fellowship,” he says. “You put all those three things together and you’ve got the perfect trifecta.”

by Robert Mitchell

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