On Sunday 57 campers exploded on our Camp. Again there was the loud sounds of laughter and excitement as we all prepared for another fun week of Camp. I love the way that the presence of God explodes here each time the campers arrive! Our staff this week was ready to experience this sudden burst of energy, the shock waves and of course it came in many forms. This week we were blessed to have Bette Pring here again and her love for worship was at the forefront. We praised the Lord in song and had great teaching about the garden that God desires to cultivate in our lives. She also prepared us as staff as we ready ourselves to once again leave the ’bubble’ of Pagweak and return into the world. Again making sure we cultivate our gardens, our heart and soul. Thank you Bette!
We had a great week with the campers as they participated in all our activities - from kayaking to swimming, rock wall to archery and crafts to indoor games, it certainly was a busy week! The campers also were busy preparing to sing for a small concert that was held for parents and others who came to hear them sing praises and dance showing how much they truly love God. There was an ‘explosion’ of lifting the name of the Lord! The Psalmist says in Psalm 100, ‘Shout to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.’ What an explosion of joy in the voices and feet of these young campers!
Camp is all about challenges as well. This week we had a young camper here with a physical disability and we wondered what we could do to make his camp experience memorable? So instead of thinking we were limited, we asked him what he would like to accomplish. We asked him if he would like to go up on the rock wall and with a great smile on his face he said, ‘can I’? Our staff made this possible for him and that evening when I asked if he had climbed the wall, he looked at me with a great smile and said ‘Yes!’. He even had ’beach time’ with Bette by her cabin as he sat with his feet in a big bucket of water as the two of them shared thoughts about his disability. For him it was an explosion of love and accomplishment to be just like the rest of the campers. We also had a young boy here who spoke only Spanish but what a great blessing to see him run and play just like the other kids. Though it was hard to know what he was thinking, it was such a joy to see one of our counsellors just sitting on the picnic table eating hickory sticks with him and communicating back and forth!
Then there was the explosion of ‘new Life’ that only Jesus Christ can bring into our hearts that was evident. 12 new souls were added this week to the awesome Kingdom of God. One day campers were just coming to Jesus right in the middle of the afternoon!! The staff was so excited as they saw the power of Jesus exploding into the lives of these young campers! As Jesus exploded into the world at His birth He again was exploding and showing His power and energy of salvation. Not only was salvation seen this week but other campers drew closer to Jesus as well.
As the campers left we were all saddened as this was the last week of our ministry here this Summer. As parents took their children back out of camp we looked on in disbelief that our time here is over for another year. Next week I will touch on this with my final report as we look to see the greatness of God here. The great thing is that He does not stop exploding into the lives of these children or our lives if we let Him. Continue to pray for His exploding presence to be seen and experienced by our world!