SMBC has definitely been a life changing experience. It gave me my first job; which taught me about work, life and everything in between. Camp has given me a family of friends who I can trust and on count on for everything. And most important, working at South Mountain Baptist Camp has given me a closer relationship with my Lord Jesus Christ.
I am 10 times the man I would be without camp. It has driven me to hate sin rather than give into it. Camp has inspired me to love God more than I ever thought possible.
Camp started off as usual this summer: a report that the sound wasn’t working at the chapel. I went to chapel early, turned everything on, and noticed a boy sitting with his counselor. I asked if he wanted to check the microphones for me, he did, and everything worked.
I asked him about his first day at camp, expecting the excited response nearly all of our other campers would have given. He was different. He did not want to come to camp; his mom signed him up without telling him. After he found out about it, he had planned to run away from his Nana before she could drop him off at church. That didn’t work out, so he was here but he did not like it.
I asked if I could tell him about some of the things we were going to do at camp. He shrugged and said, “Okay”.
I went over the plan for each day. He started to look interested and his eyes got brighter with the description of each day. Finally, he asked what we would do Friday. “You get to go home on Friday.”
His mouth dropped, “No! What time?”
“A little before lunch…we have breakfast, pack up, and go to chapel, then we go home.”
Again, he replied, “No!” I encouraged him not to worry about that and enjoy his time at South Mountain.
This young man ended up having a great week at camp. At the end of the week he gave his life to the Lord, and we pray he will never be the same!
What a great way to start the summer. God is faithful. He can even use annoying little things like temperamental sound equipment to set up meetings between Himself and hungry souls. This was an encouragement to me to look for God’s opportunities in the everyday “inconveniences” that pop up from time to time.