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Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday

Stories from Camp

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Well, it has happened again! I’ve hit another busy season at work and chose to recruit help with my weekly post. This time I don’t feel so guilty about it…. (Though I did only ask one day in advance. That was a little unfair!) I recruited my husband to write. He worked with our 9-year-old son, and this is what they came up with. I am so thankful for my husband’s time and his passion for ministry, and thrilled for my son to have the opportunity to share his experience. Enjoy!!

Recently my wife and I had the opportunity to be chairpersons for a gala event for our nearby Lutheran church camp. What a daunting and exciting experience for us!

This camp holds a very special place in each of our hearts. This is the summer camp that we attended when we were children, up through high school. So many amazing and joy-filled memories were created on the grounds of this amazing place “set apart.” Then, in our college aged years, we both spent our summers working at the camp as counselors, site managers, in the kitchen, and administrative duties. It was these summers of working at camp that we met, became friends, and fell in love. It’s where we made life-long friendships with others, and deepened our relationships with God. (Click here to learn more about Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries and Carol Joy Holling Camp)

Now, our children are at the age where they can start to attend camp. This summer, our daughter will experience camp first-hand as she goes for an overnight with my wife, and our son will stay for a whole week, living in a platform tent, singing songs, hiking, swimming, and participating in high ropes activities and Bible study. It is awesome to see my own kids falling in love with a place that means so much for us. Our son writes this about his experience at camp:

The first time I went to summer camp I was super scared because that was the first time I had been away for a week without my mom or dad. The camp is called Carol Joy Holling camp. It was hard to say goodbye. I was scared no one would take care of me.

Now my mom and dad used to work at this summer camp. They met there. This is why I go there. Also, other people from my church go there.

When I started having fun I forgot how scared I was when I got to summer camp. At Carol Joy Holling there are two zip lines, one for younger kids and a bigger one for older kids. This time I was really scared because I was going to go down the zip line. But it was fun!!! Other activities I love are swimming, Frisbee, working with animals, and morning worship services and learning about God. Now I can’t wait to go to camp!

God led me through not having a parent close and being scared. This camp is fun!

One of our favorite things about camp is how it has the ability to transform the lives of the campers and staff. The camp has a special fund set-up to make funds available to ensure that any child that wants to come to camp, has the ability, regardless of their ability to pay. So, when we were contacted about helping to chair a gala fundraising event to help support this campership fund, we of course we said yes. (Click here for more information about the Heart of Camp Gala)

This got me thinking about the promises my wife and I made at our own kids’ baptisms, as well as any time there is a baptism for someone else at our church. We promise to live with them among God’s faithful people, to teach them the Lord’s prayer and the Ten Commandments, nurture them in faith and prayer so that these individuals can learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care of other and world God made, and work for justice and peace (from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Augsburg Fortress, 2006).

It is our responsibility to pass on what we understand and know about God and his unfailing love for us, and the grace he lovingly gives you and me daily. It is up to all of us to continue to show God’s love through meaningful experiences and interactions with each other. Camps like ours help take on these responsibilities and give us the opportunities to share God with our children, and so many others that need to continually hear his story and know how they fit into it.

Check out this video about the impact that camp has!

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