We have gotten into the rhythm of the schedule at camp and things are going well. We are having so much fun because the activities are endless. As long as you can stay awake there is plenty to do. Pastor Craig even got to show off his mad kick-ball skills. The fact that he did not remember to pack shoes and is living in sandals may have been a bad choice, especially when playing kickball. He may have tweeked an ankle, but hey, pain is temporary and glory is forever!
We have had the privilege of celebrating the birthdays of Miss Melinda Rosario and Emily Parker at camp. They had the male counseling staff circle around them to sing the “happy birthday” song. It was uncomfortably loooong for the ladies in the middle. Funny for us to watch. We are also celebrating “Joy Hibshman appreciation day”. I’m not sure why, but these are the fun things that happen at camp.
On top of all the fun is chapel, worship time, the speaker Wayne, “Word Time (morning group devotions) and break-out sessions. This is the most valuable time at camp. We really get to slow down long enough to dialogue about what’s going on in our lives. We get to be open about what is holding us back from being ready for the more God has for our lives. Our fearless leaders; Melinda Rosario, Joanna Maart, Mark Wakefield and Pastor Craig are enjoying the process these breakout and discussion times become. We have been in 2 Corinthians 4 for our morning word time. What a great passage to read and talk through together.
The worship band has been fantastic. Their hearts for leading in worship and not just playing music is evident. They add a lot to the chapel services.
Wayne, the speaker for the week, has been doing a good job of keeping one theme clear. His progression throughout the week has been good and understandable for our students. The students really seem to enjoy his speaking.
A few classic things we get to experience at middle school camp are:
– boys running out of clean shirts by Wednesday night. Just turn them inside out and your good.
– meals in a crowded dinning hall
– running everywhere for no reason
– trip to the drugstore for meds and softer tissues
– late night trips to the nurse because students did not take their night meds at dinner
– broken glasses; repaired with super glue
– cleaning up the effects of sickness
– preventing a domino effect due to said sickness
– afternoon anti-siesta time. Who needs to rest during the day?
– plenty of “natural gas” emitted from the boys cabin. Girls don’t do thatJ
– Countless times being asked, “what time is it?” and “what’s next” as we stand next to a schedule on the wall.
It’s a good thing these experiences are counter balanced by things like:
– camp staff pulling me aside to compliment our students who have helped out with various things.
– seeing students singing out together
– seeing students reading the Bible and discussing it together
– lots of laughter and smiles
– the look on kids faces when the are on a tube behind the boat or on the extreme swing
It’s awesome. The tiredness is worth it. At least I am saying that nowJ
I hope you are enjoying the pictures and highlights. I am having computer issues but hopefully a few more posts will make it online.
Well that’s the short report for today. We are alive and well. There is enough food and we haven’t lost power this year. BONUS!