This summer’s theme verse was Psalm 61:2, “Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.” Campers were able to relate to this theme, and to the rock-climbing metaphors summer staff used in daily Bible study times: looking at what climbing rope can teach us about staying connected to Jesus, for example, or drawing connections between a safety harness and the way we can find security in Christ.
Even as our summer staff were teaching the campers to rely on God the Rock, they themselves were living evidence that God does provide for our needs. Registrations rolled in swiftly this spring, but what looked like it would be record-breaking attendance early on soon ran into a complication: we had more campers eager to come than we had staff in place to watch over them.
With a deep desire to get kids off the waitlists and into camp, program director Dean Williams spent many hours reaching out to potential staff members – and rejoicing when young people responded to God’s call to serve. Week by week, those who God had tapped on the shoulder stepped up, and the staffing gaps were filled. Dozens of campers who started on a waitlist were able to attend camp, bringing our overall camp attendance for the year to a healthy 465 – just 1 camper short of tying our ten-year high in 2016!
How wonderful it is to witness God’s provision for our summer camp ministry, and what a privilege to serve our great God.