Traveling to Camp Joy
I want to first say thank you to everyone who has prayed for me as I began my summer ministry this past week. My sister, who is also working at Camp Joy, and I departed from our house around 8:30 in the morning Tuesday. As we entered the traffic of Chicago, the weather changed from a gorgeous sunny day to a drizzly pouring rain. An hour drive turned into 3.5 hour drive due to many minor accidents and Memorial day traffic. The Lord kept us safe throughout the journey, for which I am extremely grateful.
The summer staff arrived throughout Wednesday afternoon. After taking a tour around Camp Joy and eating a delicious meal, our Camp Director, Pastor Moore, preached on “Planting Trees for Others to Sit Under.” I have the opportunity to show Jesus to many people I have never met. I may never fully know until heaven what the Lord does through me, yet I can—by God’s grace—daily plant godly trees.
The next day brought a boatload of information as we waded through basic camp rules, Camp Joy’s philosophy of ministry, and summer staff responsibilities. Thursday evening, we had the privilege to hear Evangelist Bobby Bosler preach. A part of Minutemen Ministries, he travels in the spring and summer leading the The War and The Cola-Clash, a exciting evangelist teen outreach. The Lord led Mr. Bosler to preach on Joshua 7, “Hidden Sin”. He pointed out in Joshua 1-6, the promise and precedent from God. However, in chapter seven, there was problem. God cannot work in a person’s life when there is hidden sin. I cannot be used of God in a powerful way if I have anything that is hindering my walk with Him. The message was a great encouragement to me as well as to the entire staff.
As of now, I am officially certified to administer CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and First Aid! On Friday, morning and afternoon, several individuals from the local EMT and police force certified all the counselors and key individuals on staff. For 8 hours we learned how to apply first aid for a cut, stings, heat stroke, heart attack, use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and give correct CPR to adults, children, and infants. If any are wondering, I made sure to handle “my baby” very carefully! I am grateful for the training and I pray that I will not have to use this knowledge this summer.
A Christ-like Example
As team captain of the red team, the Lord led me to John 13:15 as our team verse for the summer. “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” Would you pray that I and those here on staff would be not just a good example, but a Christ-like example? The Lord has brought together an amazing group of young people from literally around the world who have surrendered their summer so the families and young people attending Camp Joy can have a extraordinary time and be impacted and changed by the Word of God.
I have one more week of Training before we start into an officially week of camp. Thank you for your continued prayers!
PLEASE PRAY ABOUT SUPPORTING ME THIS SUMMER!