My favorite week of camp this past summer was during youth mission camp. I worked at a battered women’s shelter and hosted a day camp with some campers and two other staff members. During that week, the girl camper, that was helping me at day camp, grew close to the kids. This surprised her because she always struggles with being judgmental towards others but that week God transformed that area of her life and gave her love for those kids. God did change her from the ‘Inside Out.’
I’m a lifeguard and sometimes that makes it difficult to talk to my campers and build relationships with them. It was the second or third week and there was a little girl afraid to jump off the diving board. She sat and talked with me for awhile and we got to talk about how it’s okay to be afraid sometimes but fear can keep you from doing some amazing things. After a little time passed, she decided she’d try the diving board and she ended you loving it. It was awesome to see her overcome her fear!
One week I had a camper who was in 1st grade and she was one of my lost campers. I felt really bad because by Thursday I hadn’t had an opportunity to talk to her. I’d shared my testimony at devotions, but I wanted to talk to her more.
At Rec she fell down and scraped her knee so I took her to the Rec shed and Matt put a Band-Aid on her knee. Walking back, I asked her what she had learned in Bible study that morning. I knew she had heard the gospel that morning so I asked if she had learned about Jesus dying on the cross. She said, “Yes.” But, by then we had rejoined the group and I was feeling depressed at what I thought was another missed opportunity.
BUT, Thursday night she came downstairs and I had the opportunity to talk to her about why she responded to the invitation. As I listened to her, I realized she knew what Jesus had done for her! It was great to talk to her about Jesus and know she is now my sister-in-Christ!