Friday, June 14, 2013

Greater Than: Reflections

This past week at middle school camp provided so many poignant reminders of why I work in
ministry and how much I have enjoyed working with youth in particular. I'm still sorting through many of my thoughts (even though with an exhaustion addled brain.) I'm sure there will be other highlights to share, but here are few that stand out in brief retrospect:

  • A conversation with guys in the canteen line about being careful who you follow--the same guys who were completely disengaged in chapel, but now listening intently as we just talked
  • Praying for my camp staff each day & sharing with them God's challenge to not grow weary of doing good work for the harvest is coming and then experiencing that harvest over the next 24 hours
  • Talking with one our young men who was overcome with emotion as he gave his life to Christ 
  • Calling parents to let them know their child has decided to follow Jesus-can't call with any better news than that
  • Simple, positive touches for campers each day--high fives, hugs, pats on the back, and verbal affirmation--just to let them know we care
  • Watching our incredible staff dance, play, sing, laugh, and cry with campers
  • Seeing 10 young people commit their lives to Christ and follow through in baptism
  • The gratefulness of parents for a week of Kingdom investment..

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