Snapshot of Summer and “How does Camp help others?”

This is my final post for the summer. It’s hard to believe it has already come to an end. Once again I have so many reasons to be thankful and praise God.

It’s been good to have some time to reflect and I think what stands out to me most about this summer more than what I’m taking away is what I feel like I was able to give. I might not have learned specific lessons from God and grown in any way that I can clearly identify, but I think I did move closer to discovering what drudgery is in a job and how it is a necessary part of every task of eternal purpose. So although I would often find myself lamenting staring at a computer screen for hours in the basement, I also discovered this less-than-enjoyable aspect of creating a DVD to be well…the only way to create a DVD! And through this DVD I was able to give the campers something valuable. I was the only staff member who had a job that could be shared with campers and oh what joy it was to be able to share. By giving the campers the opportunity and tools to film their experiences and record their counselors sharing things that count, and then preserving this all on a DVD that they could take home, I was able to give them the means to take a positive “snapshot” or piece away from camp. It gave them the power to capture both the fun and the life-impacting stories and truths that had changed them, giving them perhaps multiple snapshots to retain a very live memory of what for many is a fleeting mountaintop experience. I hope by having invested themselves in the video process that took to create the DVD and having earnestly desired to instill camp on camera, that in re-watching the work of their own hands again and again these campers (as well as the ones who didn’t film)  can be reminded of what God taught them that week and of the staff that they were surrounded with that inspired them to live a life following Jesus, and that they can find a way forward from this experience.

In this clip the staff talk about how BBC facilitates this intimacy with God. (note: this is unedited footage that I quickly pulled together, but still wanted to share). I hope these words, expressed by perhaps the most genuine, God-fearing staff that I have ever had the privilege to work with, will direct others to this community where barriers are torn down and love overcomes.

until next year!