How good it felt to be back at camp this past week! After a summer off, it was a joy to drive down that 15mph gravel road to the wood dining hall and walk around the beautiful property.
One by one the staff arrived and began to bond over jungle speed and ultimate frisbee, washing dishes and cleaning cabins, jumping off cliffs and hauling logs. We gave candy to campers, and we listened to each others' testimonies. We heard a talk on bitterness and were warned not to let any little thing divide us. The director and his wife demonstrated proper and improper ways to hug. We watched The Pineapple Story, and a sermon about meditating on small chunks of God's Word - one verse a week.
I learned more about humility, and enjoyed seeing how beautifully God is working in my life and those around me.
A few firsts this year:
cooking for 100 people all at once
entering the "tower" and climbing to the fifth floor
climbing back up from the lake via the rope
waltzing with a girl in the dishpit
walking Emmaus-style when it wasn't Emmaus
getting lost in the woods
eating surprisingly delicious microwavable potato chips made from only potatos and salt
drinking chai tea
Next week will be the first week of official campers, and we're praying for 100. Please pray for us to be yielded vessels pouring God's love into the heart of every 7- to 14-year-old girl who comes to camp!