Camping, and Working, and Camping, Oh My!

When I started this summer, I knew one thing was certain: I was going to be extremely busy. I would be at camp working three weeks and as a camper one week; and when I wasn’t at camp, I would be babysitting.

The first week of camp was a media week. I’ve been working in the media assistant position for years, and it was an easy week, for the most part. Week 2, I was a junior counselor.

Now, to understand the enormity of that statement, you have to know that I haven’t been in a cabin since my first summer working. This is my fourth summer. The one time I was in a cabin was as a Counselor in Training, before I became ill and consequently couldn’t be in cabins,

So, my first experience as an official junior counselor was in my last summer working. And goodness, was it an experience. I had eight girls in my cabin, and it was a struggle-filled week. None of them seemed interested in learning about God or faith. There was extreme spiritual warfare going on. The singleĀ great bright spot was one of them accepting God for the first time.

Only a few weeks later, I was put in a cabin again, with one of my closest friends as my senior. This week seemed to go exponentially better. Every girl already had a relationship with Christ, and the vast majority were hungry for God and for growth. It went superbly. Much of the week was encouraging them to join the same program I am in at camp. All but two are applying.

And then this past week, I was a camper. The second I walked in the door, I sensed something was off. And it was that moment that I decided I didn’t want to be at camp. I was thrilled to be there for chapel, but that was all. God put it on my heart that I was to be ministering to the other girls in my cabin, whether I wanted to be there or not. Just because I wasn’t staff didn’t mean I wasn’t still a servant of God.

Long story short, our cabin went into a time of extreme spiritual warfare towards the end of the week. I told you I sensed something off when I came inside the cabin–and that “off” thing was the devil in the spiritual realm. Our girls banded together to pray into the lives of one of our sisters-in-Christ, and it was powerful.

Then I came home and crashed.

Camp was an adventure this summer, but I certainly grew.

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Hello. It’s Me.

You’ve been wondering if after all this time, I’d post a blog.

Well, here I am. Where did I go? Many, many places. First of all, I had to send my school laptop back and wait a month for the new one to arrive, so I’ve been without a computer for over a month. Second, I got a job. (I know, guys, I’m getting so old.) And third, when I wasn’t at my job, I was at camp working, so. Busy summer.

What has happened in these two months? Oh, dear. Well, I discovered Minecraft. And yes, I knew what Minecraft was, but I was one of those people who was like, “Ermahgoodness, Minecraft is a waste of time, why you so obsessed, do something productive.” I’d wanted my friend to teach me how to play creative mode for years, but he never did. Turns out, the little guy I babysit really likes to play. And now, so do I.

I was in a cabin at camp for the first time in three years. With my illness, I hadn’t been counseling since my first summer at camp. Not knowing if I could be there for my campers when I needed to, I was afraid to try. But this summer, they really needed an upper level in cabins, and they asked me to at least try it. I did, and man, was that a crazy experience! I worked two junior high weeks, and I had the same age group both times. I love all of my girls so much, and it was great to see one accept Christ for the first time, and for others to apply for the very program I’m in at camp.

I completely remodeled my room. It was a crazy mess. The amount of floor space that you could walk was ridiculously small. But after moving a bookcase downstairs–don’t worry, I kept the books in my room–and finally getting rid of my hundred-year-old bedframe, I haveĀ space. I can film videos for my senior project, it’s crazy.

Speaking of filming, I filmed a video for my project and discovered two important things. 1) I can do this. 2) I need an outline. It took about four hours to edit that thing together, and I don’t want to do that again.

I’m excited to be back up and running. Hopefully, the postings will be consistent. I have one more week of camp, another weekend, and my job, still. We’ll see if I can keep up with it all.

Hello from the other side…

See ya later.