Ephesians 5:8- “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.”
Ever since I was 12 years of age, I have been attending church camps, lockins, and retreats. They all have been very memorable moments in my life, but I would have to say that this camp has made a permanent mark.
Earlier this summer, I embarked on something truly from God. Instead of me being a camper, I was a rookie counselor at Kids Across America. KAA is a Christian Sports camp for inner- city youth based in Golden, Missouri, and is underneath the popular Kanakuk Kamps. KAA has been around since 1978, but did not officially open until 1991. Why I just found out about this? I don’t know.
Initially, I was very fearful about the whole experience. Knowing that fear is not from the Lord, I had to seriously trust in Him, and take a leap of faith. I felt blind in the whole situation, even though I could see clearly. I prayed continuously, sought spiritual guidance, and just got into my word to see the answer clearly.
God made a way for me to go, and even with that, my nerves kicked in. What if I didn’t do this job properly? What if I would not be accepted with open arms? What if I didn’t showcase Christ properly? A bunch of questions and doubts arose in my mind. They had to be crushed immediately.
Once I arrived in Missouri, I felt a feeling of relief. After everything was said and done, I had finally made it. I found some sense of peace from it all. Surrounded by all of the other college students, from across the nation, we were in the middle of nowhere, literally. Grass everywhere, and the heat hitting you from every side. I loved it!
I won’t go into too many details of what occurred, but I will shed some light on what I learned while I was at Camp. Yes, it’s spelled with a K.
Romans 12: 4-8: “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”
Romans 12 sheds some light on what it means to be apart of the body of Christ. At kamp, we all had different positions. From being apart of transportation, registration, a counselor, maintenance, leadership, or a cook, we all played an important role. We served Christ, showcased His love, and shared the Gospel, to kids that have properly never heard.
For me, it meant looking beyond the title of an individual, and seeing everyone as sons and daughters of the Lord. Looking past everything, and loving them beyond their sins or circumstances. The whole experience from camp helped me rejoice in my trials, as it says in James 1: 2-4, and to be content in Him. (1 Tim. 6:6)
I am so grateful for the whole experience, and being isolated from society, to see God clearly. He opened my eyes to see His beauty, not only in people, but in the things that He has created. The Lord said that He looked at what He had created, and it was good. When was the last time that you just gazed at the beauty of God’s creation, and said that it was good?
In all of this, my only hope is that, through the Holy Spirit, I was able to impact young lives, as they have impacted me. May another one be added to the Kingdom. For His Glory alone!