Here I am: Recapping the Week

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We officially end another incredible week at camp! This week has been absolutely incredible; from the evening services, to night games, to everything in between, we all had a blast!

E-Rock and The Rippers led us in worship all week and we learned a special song in Creole, one of the official Haitian languages, led by Emily Heckman. This song became a camp favorite and everyone seemed to pick up the tune and even the words very quickly. Our evangelist, Jeremy, night after night brought the Word of God to life and challenged us to dive deeper into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

There were several lives changed this week, including my own. I found each night I was encouraged and also convicted in different aspects of my life and I think it is safe to say, the rest of the staff and all the campers feel the same way.

We also had a bunch of fun games and activities throughout the week! From a classic game of pirates, to 8-way soccer, to traveling all around camp after “the plane crash” trying to find the doctor and convince the spoilers to let you go with impeccable acting skills, every day was filled with laughter and building memories.

Here is a slideshow recapping our week together, hope you enjoy it!

Challenge Course, Rocks, and Crafts

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Today was everyone’s favorite, sleep-in day! Instead of going to classes in the morning, we ventured around camp in three groups: one went to the tabernacle, one to the craft shop, and one to the challenge course.

While at the challenge course, I was struck by the way everyone worked together and spoke words of encouragement to their group mates. One particular obstacle, Woosey, where the campers would partner off and attempt to walk on a balance beam as the beams spread farther and farther apart. Meanwhile, the rest of their team acted as spotters and were their to catch them if they fell off the beam.

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As I was watching this challenge and listening to the group talk through who was walking across, who was spotting, I saw a picture of the Body of Christ. Many times in life, we are forced to walk on a beam that spreads us thin and we must rely on their friends to support and guide us through life.

In the tabernacle, the campers took the rocks that they have been writing on all week and carried them to the path by the chapel by the stream and lined the pathway with them, letting the work Christ has done this week.

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At the craft shop, the campers made Mosaics and created an art piece that represented what God did in their life this week at camp.

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We’re Building a Monument

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The very first night of camp during service, we were introduced to a project that was going to take place all week. In the front of the stage was a pile of rocks with several sharpie markers; the instructions were simply, yet profound. As God speaks to us, camper or staff, we were to write the message on a rock and then to pile the rocks together and tangibly see throughout the week how many lives are being changed. You can go and write anytime of the day, it is not limited to service, but an on-going project throughout the day. A couple of the hopes behind this idea is to have a visual of what God is doing throughout the week at camp, but also to help us remember what God spoke to us by writing it down.

It’s Thursday afternoon and our monument is still growing each day. Watching God work each day and transform hearts is one of my favorite aspects of camp, but watching the monument grow bigger and bigger every day is simply amazing.

There is no denying God is doing big things this summer and this week at camp!