Persevere – Fight The Good Fight Trailer

It’s such a pleasure to have the opportunity once again to explore Ascend Camp’s theme of “Fight The Good Fight” and try to come up with a visual interpretation of it.

I love the Psalms of David, especially his lamentations. His clamor digs deep into what his heart feels; loneliness, desperation, weakness, we see a heart at the brink of breaking apart, but is always followed by a blessed assurance that God will keep it together. I don’t know about you, but there are days I feel the same way.

About a year ago I was going through a painful season in my life. My faith and my growth were steady and strong, but many circumstances beyond my control were tearing me up inside. I had many long sessions of prayer, begging for my faith to be stronger so I wouldn’t hurt as much. Like David, I enjoy writing, it’s how I can put my thoughts and feelings together and bring them up in prayer. That’s when I wrote the narration that you hear on this new video.


When Ascend Camp asked me to do a couple of videos for them I knew I wanted to use what I had written that day. But I wanted to build up to it, which is why I decided to produce the teaser first. Now that camp is just a couple of weeks away, we thought it would be a good time to build up the anticipation for it.

I named this poem “Persevere.” I thought of three types of people who need to continually persevere in order to master their talent.

The Artist

Painters, writers, photographers, all of those who try to express their creative side one way or another need to nurture their talent day in and say out in order to find their voice as an artist. Those who make a living out of it know about some of the obstacles and sacrifices they have to make in order to continue nurturing that talent. It’s a fight that takes perseverance.20160601_SC_02998

The Musician

Like the artist, those who pursue a life in music have to give hours each day in order to master their instrument. It’s not just about hitting the notes at the right time, or singing some lyrics at a catchy tempo, but being able to express yourself through sound and lyrics. It takes a lot of work, a lot of discipline, and sometimes a lot of heartache.IMG_2420

The Athlete

The amount of discipline an athlete has to have has always astounded me. Rain or shine you see them out there nurturing their passion, shaping their minds and bodies to be as good as they can be.20160601_SC_03004

All of us can relate to these 3 in one way or another. We all have found ourselves in moments where perseverance will lead us to growth. Will teach us wisdom. Will keep us on our feet as we finish this race and fight the fight of faith.

Packing List


  • One Suitcase
  • One Carry-On
  • Sleeping Bag & Pillow
  • Beach Towel
  • Bath Towel & Washcloth
  • Toiletries: shampoo, soap, toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Bible
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Light jacket & warm clothes for the evening
  • Athletic & water shoes
  • Team competition clothes (able to get dirty)
  • Modest swimsuit (one-piece for girls)
  • Spending money for snack shop & travel


  • Cell phone
  • Audio players & gaming devices
  • Any electronic device (other than digital camera)
  • Knives or weapons of any kind
  • Drugs, alcohol or tobacco of any kind
  • Fireworks and/or explosives

Please Note

If any of the prohibited items are found, they will be confiscated. This will incur punitive consequences and result in being sent home at your parents’ expense.

Fight The Good Fight Teaser – Behind The Scenes

How do we successfully fight the fight of faith? That’s a question that’s been present on my mind for a long time, especially this past year. So when Ascend Camp contacted me to help them out, not only was I excited, but intrigued and challenged by this year’s theme “Fight The Good Fight.”

When we hear the phrase “Fight The Good Fight.” it’s easy to think of images of actual fighting; boxing, martial arts, gladiators, but I wanted to portray something else since most, if not all, of the “fights” we face in our lives are internal. That was the thought process behind this little teaser, we all wake up and have to face the challenges of the day. Many times we don’t really have all the answers, only questions, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just a part of this “fight.”



I’m looking forward to Ascend Camp this summer, not only because I’ll get to capture some of the great games and activities Ascend has planned for everyone this summer, but also because I get the opportunity to learn and share about some of the many stories and lessons about Fighting The Good Fight.