Saturday, July 23, 2011

Camp 3: English Camp

A major shift in gears!  We went from working with orphan children who don't speak the same language, to working with some of the most brilliant young adults in Ukraine.
After 4 long days of pre camp, the students arrived for a week of inductive Bible studies, outdoor challenges, specialized workshops, and fun activities.
I co-lead 4 girls through a Bible study each morning.  We studied a different passage of scripture each day, encouraging the students to look at the Word and discover its truth for themselves.  These were precious mornings as we shared our personal stories and our lives in light of the gospel.
I also taught a jazz dance workshop, which was loads of fun!  Each day we spent 2 hrs learning about the history of jazz and famous dancers, and then learned basic jazz steps which we combined into short routines.  I loved watching the students express themselves through movement, and getting to know them better through dance.

On a personal level, I struggled during this camp.  I felt literally burdened with longing for the new students I met and my friends from last year to have relationship with Jesus.  The previous orphan camps sobered me.  I didn't just want to add numbers to the "saved list."  I loved these people, and wanted the best for them, and the best is Jesus.  I was also tired, didn't want to fight through each day anymore, didn't want to open up and build new relationships with people anymore.  Hebrews 12 was well read in my Bible. 
This brought a lot of dirt in my life to the surface.  Daven reminded me of Psalm 127:1, "Unless the Lord builds the house, the workers labor in vain." and that worth is found in the Lord.  It's hard for me not to find my worth in other people, so this was the reminder I needed.  God worked out much in me through this camp, and set me free from things I didn't even know had bound me.
My favorite aspect of English camp was the deep conversations I had with many of the students.  Please pray God will work in their lives!


Thursday, July 21, 2011


When you find yourself
In some far off place
And it causes you to rethink some things
You start to sense that slowly
You're becoming someone else
And then you find yourself

When you make new friends in a brand new town

And you start to think about settlin' down
The things that would have been lost on you
Are now clear as a bell
And you find yourself
Yeah that's when you find yourself

Where you go through life

So sure of where you’re headin'
And you wind up lost and it's
The best thing that could have happened
‘Cause sometimes when you lose your way it's really just as well
Because you find yourself
Yeah that’s when you find yourself

-Find Yourself by Brad Paisley