The best moment of the summer occurred on Youth Week. Aaron was part of the church I was responsible for and part of the mission team I was on. I had been with Aaron’s church multiple years and had seen him grow. He always gravitated towards me and looked up to me so I felt like I was his role model. We worked hard together and talked about God all week. Then the final night, Aaron, went forward, made a decision for God, to go into full time ministry. As he came downstairs, he came straight for me and I got to talk with him. I could see that the Lord most definitely was calling him into ministry that night as I talked to him and later at devotions. You could see the Lord had given him the ability to extract information from the Word and convey that to others in an exciting way. It has been such a privilege to watch Aaron grow and listen to God over the years.
My best moment, this past summer, was when I had East Bend Baptist Church’s children. The church had two campers who were not suppose to come because they were in the middle of a ball tournament. But God arranged for them to come to South Mountain in the middle of the camp week. What an amazing thing watching Jesus work in their hearts during the last part of the week and seeing them ask Him to be their Savior and Lord. It was so neat how God orchestrated their week and gave those two campers an awesome experience.
One night after the talent show, a camper came up to me and asked, “Why do you smile like that?”
“It’s just how God made me.” I said. I was honestly prepared for him to make fun of me because of my smile.
My smile has always been something I’ve been insecure about.
But he just looked at me, smiled, and said, “I like it!”
Sometimes in the middle of ministry, God gives a brief moment to remind us of how much His loves us. Sometimes he does it through a camper speaking His words.