Last year, I had Grace Covenant for my church during the last week of camp and I had the privilege of serving them again this summer. Those girls are so amazing and I’m so glad to have gotten to know them even better. On Tuesday, I gave my testimony in chapel and didn’t think much of anything about it. Then on Thursday night, I was waiting on the kids to come downstairs when one of the counselors from Grace Covenant pulled me over and asked me to talk with one of the girls, so I did. She said she had decided to follow Jesus that she understood what it meant now, but she wanted to ask about my testimony. She had lost her grandmother this past year (which was the same time my grandmother had died) and she was wanted assurance that God hadn’t left her side. That broke my heart because I had been in that boat, too. It was just awesome to see how God works things out and pieces things together. That couldn’t have happened by itself, it was a God moment.
One week I had mountain boards as my afternoon activity and there were only 6 kids that wanted to try it. The first 5 went really smooth and the last kid came up to the smaller hill and I helped him get on his board. Right before I gave him a push to go down the hill, he said, I’m not ready and I don’t want to do it.”
I stood with him a few minutes trying to encourage him. Even the kids and other staffers started chanting his name. He still wasn’t sure about it so I asked him if he wanted to pray about it, he said, “Yes.” We stood and prayed that God would calm his nerves and that He would help him get down the mountain. As soon as we finished praying, he said, “Let’s do it and I gave him a little push and he started down the hill. It was really great that a short little prayer could encourage him enough to face his fear.