I have no idea how you fly by so quickly, but here we are and you’re over yet again.
You are absolute madness in my life. Madness in the best way possible.
For three and a half months I live in a cabin on a lake surrounded by college students and middle school campers.
It’s absolutely insane.
12 teenagers combined to live under one roof with a couple of college students serving as mom, dad, friend, coach, counselor, disciplinarian, pastor and so much more.
Kampers learning new and improving in old sports and activities, conquering fears at the ropes course and blob tower, developing confidence in self and the ability to make friends all while having the time of their lives just getting to be kids.
Staff living life selflessly, most of which for the first time life’s not all about them, as they try to love, protect and help restore 13 years of damage all while wrestling with their own confidence and identity issues.
And somehow somebody thought it was a good idea for me to oversee this operation.
I can’t even begin to put summer into words. What the Lord does in hearts at kamp is impossible to fully explain. The world is secondary, distractions are few, people are priority and truth and the Gospel are king.
God is no different on the pea gravel of Lampe, MO than He is anywhere else, but life is just simple there. Space is created for people to hear and see the Lord do what only He can do because we are expectant and believe He will.
And He does and lives are changed for eternity. Not because of Kanakuk. Not because of the people. Lives are changed because people run smack into the truth of Jesus.
Every year you end, I look back blown away by how the Lord chose to show up. This year I may be more thankful than ever.
The Lord did more than I could have ever even imagined at every level. Kampers. Staff. My own heart. Thankful that He alone deserves the glory because I can’t even begin to take credit for the stories I watched happen and the lessons I learned.
Are you insane? Of course. Are you hard? YES. Are you worth it? Absolutely.
Cheers to another great one of you,