Friday, July 25, 2014

Voice of Truth : An Experience That Will Live On……...

An Ending but Far from Over


This summer has been an incredible time here at Grace Adventures. We have had record numbers of campers attending our camps this year and we are seeing the effects of that, changed lives.

Everything we do here at Grace Adventures, we do to impact people with Jesus Christ. That includes Summer Camps, our Retreats, and Training experiences for groups that come onto our campus but it also includes our Summer Staff. Our motto for our Summer Staff is that "Staff training is all summer long". Ask any one of our staff and they will blurt out that response. While our counselors and staff do go through an intensive period of "staff training" to get them ready for their roles during the summer, the training happens throughout the entire summer as they plan, teach, and interact with campers and grow themselves in the process.

Last week we said Good-Bye to a handful of our Summer Staff. With many of our summer programs coming to a close, our staff starts to trickle out from here. Sami is one of our counselors that had her summer end, but her work to share her story, continually trust and obey God, and impact her community is just beginning.

Here is a link to her Blog post, as well as simply scroll to the bottom. Voice of Truth : An Experience That Will Live On……...

An Experience That Will Live On……...


Words cannot describe the summer God has blessed me with. It has been the best summer of my life. This summer God called me to camp, to Grace Adventures as a counselor. Going into the summer there, I was super anxious. I didn't know what to expect because I never had been a counselor before. I also was nervous because I had to lead Bible studies, cabin time, meet parents and ask kids questions about their relationship with God. At times I thought "I don't think I can do this." "Is this really part of God's plan?" "Am I supposed to be working here this summer?" "Can I really lead someone to Christ?" Every single one of those questions were answered this summer. God taught me so much this summer and I want to take some time to reflect on what He's taught me and the amazing ways He's worked this summer. 


1. God's taught me to fully rely on Him.
We can't do it in our own. We need God's help, his guidance, His wisdom and His strength.  


But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ's power may rest on me. -2 Corinthians 12:9 


For when we are weak He is STRONG. He is all we need. 


2. God taught me to trust Him. 


Going into camp I was super nervous. The first two weeks I was wondering "Am I really supposed to be here this summer?" Part of our theme this year (The Reel Deal) we talked about how we are all part of God's great story/movie. At times, we might only see the little pictures or part of the picture, but God, He see's the big picture and we have to trust Him with that because He knows what's best for us and He loves us so much. 


For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in that secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be - Psalm 139:13-16

3. God is faithful
"Will I be able to lead a kid to Christ?" "Can I really do that?" As I was getting ready for camp, this is the question that constanlty was going through my mind. Going into the summer, my hope and my prayer was that if it was God's will that He'd use me and give me the opportunity to lead one person to Christ this summer. I'm truly humbled that this summer, God gave me the opportunity to lead 7 young girls to Christ all between the ages of 7 and 11 years old. To Him be the glory! 


I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to His service. - 1 Timothy 1:12 

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