Well, my internet and cell service has been very spotty this week, even as bad as the first year we came. I’m scared to see my data usage when the bill arrives (and parents, if you haven’t turned your kids’ data off, you may be surprised too!). However, all good news from camp.
It’s been a joy and privilege to work with these kids and other youth here at camp. I am continually impressed by our Redeemer kids. Yesterday, I witnessed their vounteerism, their servant-like hearts, their care for each other in multiple ways.
This morning, we’re hosting a field day for some adults with developmental delays, and it was our youth who volunteered first and have been working steadily the whole time. Maybe it’s showing pride instead of godly humility to brag, but hey, I calls em like I sees em, and I couldn’t be more overjoyed at their love, their compassion, and their steadiness.
Whenever you get this many kids together, there are going to be issues–medical problems, injuries, conflicts, and more. But overall, it’s been a smooth week with only a few problems. And as Pastor Chestnutt reminds us: up here at camp, in this warm loving Christian environment, this is the best place to have a problem because we’ll love and care for each other.
I think each of the kids has grown more independent during camp. They are required to live with strangers, manage themselves in their cabins, pick up after themselves, and stick to the schedule. They don’t have a mom or dad to make sure they brush their teeth (although I’ve given a few pointed reminders about that) and clean up their cabins. So it’s a lesson for both parents to let go, which is good and right. And also a lesson for kids to step up, manage themselves, and figure out what they need to do to take care of themselves.
Speaking of logistics, we are planning on getting on the road tomorrow between 6:30-7 a.m. As long as we don’t run into any traffic or weather, we should manage to get back between 6-7 p.m. I will text or call from the road. We will buy sandwiches along the road for dinner so the kids won’t be starving when we return.
I would love it if the kids can come back for church Sunday morning to greet the congregation which has been so supportive of this effort. Church is at 9:30 a.m.
On a personal note, even though the timing stinks (on many levels), Jacob and I will be hitting the road again on Sunday after church, heading out on our cross-country journey to California. I covet your prayers as we all set out on this uncharted course in our future and in Redeemer’s.
We never know what the Lord has in store for us around the bend, but we can rest assured that in His care, we will be loved and supported. I am blessed by each of these young people and it will break my heart to say goobye. But know that I hold you all in my heart. And…Jacob and I will be back briefly in August to get him and his vehicle from Elmhurst to Ohio Univ, and we’re hoping for another trip back soon. So really it’s not goodbye but the Lord be with you, and we’ll see you soon.