August 29, 2011
Hello from the Mountain Top!
With the summer wrapping up, the sounds of camp have faded with the laughter of children and the sounds of plain fun slipping into the background. The air has taken on the feeling of fall and the trees have begun to change. We were extremely blessed with the opportunity to reach out to approximately 1000 children this summer and we had 45+ professions of faith!!! Praise God! Working in the kitchen all summer was definitely a challenge, a blessing, a seemingly never ending adventure, and a time of learning. Cooking for close to 300 or so people a week and running a crew of 8 in a kitchen that reached blistering temperatures is something completely new to me. It is intimidating to think that all the girls that are working with you are watching you and trying to mirror what you are doing. It challenged me to seek God and pour myself into these teens as I work with them day in and day out. I can honestly say that the only way I do what I do is through Jesus Christ! I praise Him daily for giving the strength to keep going forward.
During the summer I was able to counsel for our Buckaroo camp for 6-9 year olds. Buckaroo camp is a two day camp that allows for the younger kids to be able to have a chance at camp without staying for a week. Even though it was a short couple days I had a blast running around doing games, pony rides, and teaching songs to them.
Last week we had our Camp Apprenticeship Ministry Program graduation! All of our apprentice graduates have gone on to the new adventures that God has called them to and it is really awesome to see where God is taking them. In case you don’t remember the CAMP program is for college level students to come and dedicate 1 year of their life to Christ and learn to serve through camping ministry. Our new set of apprentices comes in the 9th of September and we have about 30 of them coming. I am excited and looking forward to what is going to happen this year. We have people from all over the US and one girl from Germany! I will be living in a house with 5 other single staff girls and will hopefully be put with a staff family to be a Jr. Advisor for the year.
Thank you, Jesus, for providing a car for me!! Last week He blessed me with a ’98 Mazda!! It was totally a God thing as my parents found it at a yard sale and due to some minor dents in it they lowered the price drastically! J Mom and Dad brought it up Saturday and it was a blessing to see them and learn to drive stick. Being able to see my parents was so refreshing and fun.