Emmy Shares Spiritual Growth at Camp
Happens with Staff and Campers
“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’
Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’” –Isaiah 6:8
I grew up in a Christian home. My mom and dad have always shown my siblings and me what a relationship with Jesus was like. To love, give, serve, and commit your life to Him. When I was young, my father co-founded Refuge of Hope, one of the largest men’s homeless shelters in the Canton area. I consider myself very lucky for my upbringing!
In middle school, I made faith my own. I started attending youth group, reading the Bible, and going on mission trips. I knew faith wasn’t just something you watched others do.
Now, as an adult, I’m fortunate that my faith and job go hand-in-hand.
No matter where you are in your journey with God, Camp Echoing Hills allows you to develop, foster, and grow in your relationship with Him. We start every morning with a devotion, attend chapel services at night, and pray with and for one another. On Thursdays, we enjoy time together on Cross Hill. Evenings at Cross Hill begin with a hayride where all can enjoy God’s glory in nature as we drive around with the sun setting. Once on the hill, we have time for conversation, worship, music, and a campfire.
Over the past two years I have witnessed campers growing closer to God. I love seeing those we serve reading from the Bible, raising their hands during worship, and freely expressing themselves during devotions. Last summer, several individuals chose to be baptized!
I have also noticed my fellow counselors growing in their faith. I think that is possible because we are encouraged to do devotions together, reading His word as a community. It is great to see new habits forming and the positive change that comes with that.
Changes have happened in me too! Camp Echoing Hills has taught me to look for God in everything – nature, a camper’s smile, and nights on Cross Hill. The camp has made me a better Christian.
Are you considering applying to be a summer camp counselor? Do you find yourself going back and forth on the decision? I will say this – give it to God. Pray, ask for direction, and ask to hear his response. Be sure to listen – He will respond! And, if this is the path He is taking you on, be prepared to have a summer of fun and growth in your faith!