“I have found there are three great stages in every work of God; first it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.”
Have FAITH, God Provides
Before camp last summer, we were as always, just a few short on men counselors. Having the usual faith, I put the plea out by email and social media ”Please, we need more male counselors in order to let more campers come to camp.” As always, our people responded. One of our female counselors recruited a guy she knew from college, as she thought he would be perfect. Sure enough, we had a great interview, training session, and all the background info checked-out ok. Through all of that, I didn’t get a chance to ask him about his college major! Of course I always pray before matching up the counselors and campers, and God always orchestrates these things for the best regardless.
One of the campers assigned to the new counselor was a severe diabetic. In fact, our nurse had looked over the registration forms and expressed her concern regarding his ability to come to camp that week.
It turns out that this new counselor was in a nursing program. He had plenty of experience and was diligent about getting the camper to the nurse to get his blood tested three times a day. The counselor made sure that the boy did not eat the wrong foods and that he adhered to all of his dietary restrictions as well.
It ended up being a perfect team because God was in control. The two hit it off and were the best of buddies!
Alice Harper, Director RFK camp Lovejoy, GA
Faith continues on in Brunswick, GA
Our work in orphan ministry is a treasure. It’s an honor to have our lives intersect with the children we serve and be used for God’s purposes. When we decided to launch camp we expected nothing less. God does not disappoint when we align our desires with HIS, and so far it’s been a sweet journey. Not sweet as in light, fluffy, and easy but rather ‘sweet’ as in something to savor, a gift given in kindness. You see, this past year has been the hardest in my adult life. I’ve struggled in my physical body, which overtime, took a toll on my mind and spirit. I’m usually able to go … and dream … and do, but not this year. I wrestled with God, I’ve been mad at Him, I questioned why He would call us to this new ministry and not allow me to feel better. But then I was reminded of a sweet truth I heard from my pastor years ago.
My husband and I could launch a pretty darn good summer camp, as we have the abilities, the relationships in the community, and the experience. However, Jesus doesn’t desire a pretty darn good summer camp. He desires a better than we can even fathom – not of this world summer camp. And for that, He needed to empty me. And guess what friends? In my weakness, I have seen His strength and heart for this ministry more than ever, for the kids who will be coming to camp this summer!
You Father the orphan
Your kindness makes us whole
You shoulder our weakness
And Your strength becomes our own
This is a year that I won’t soon forget, as His provision has blown me away and I know it’s absolutely nothing of me and that makes it sweet. And while I’m getting answers and should be feeling better soon, I know my strength is from Him alone. Onward friends!
Ally Christianson, Director RFK camp, Brunswick, GA