Falls Creek Baptist Indian Assembly — or “Indian Falls Creek” (IFC) as it is often called — has become one of the most uniquely impactful events in the country, since the annual family camp gathering was established in Oklahoma in 1947.
The 2019 IFC, which took place July 28-Aug. 1 at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, was as impactful as ever, with more than 2,600 campers attending, who represented more than 25 tribes and more than 250 churches.
“Indian Falls Creek is a widely anticipated annual tradition for many churches and members,” said Victor Cope, executive director of the IFC board of directors.
“Indian Falls Creek was established with a spiritual purpose,” he added. “One of the founding documents reads, ‘The objective of this assembly in its annual meeting shall be to foster and promote Christian training, inspiration, fellowship, evangelism and missionary zeal among the Indians in their Baptist church life.'”
According to Cope and IFC leaders, the 2019 encampment achieved those purposes and more, with activities ranging from recreation, crafts, teaching times, worship services, a blood drive, a health fair, Bible studies, as well as a camp VBS for children.
Each day offered unique moments for campers to engage with God and one another. There were morning classes to provide Bible study and discipleship training. There were afternoon activities designed to encourage fellowship and family fun, and all campers gathered for daily morning and evening worship services.
Serving as camp pastor was retired Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony Jordan, who preached in each of the evening worship services which took place in Falls Creek’s RA Young Tabernacle. Jordan emphasized the importance of sharing “your testimony.”
“Every Christ-follower has a story to share. There are people here this week that need the Gospel, that need to hear your testimony. God can use your story to help change a life,” Jordan said.
On Monday evening, Jordan, preaching out of Philippians 4, proclaimed the peace we can have in Jesus Christ.
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Source: Baptist Press