Camp Grace Team Updates
On Wednesday morning we taught 172 second to fifth graders, divided into 5 classes, at Rosenwalt Elementary School. We taught
continually that morning from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Thirty-five of these students made professions of faith and others stayed afterward
to ask questions. What a blessing to share God's Word and plan of salvation with these students. We passed out over 50 New Testaments
and CCC Bridge tracts that day. During the afternoon, we worked on the campus of Camp Grace. We continued to repair the mini golf course,
raked, removed leaves, and did other tasks as needed.
On Thursday, we had a girl's day to minister that consisted of Mrs. Cannon, Meghan, Jess, and I. We went out to teach a released
time class at a Christian School. At first, I thought well this really is not going to be to exciting since they have this every week.
I was wrong; they were all so excited because we were singing songs with them. I was playing the guitar, we had a good time with them,
and it was a blessing to be ministering to them. Afterwards we were told that they didn't get to sing much during their chapel times
which made us really thankful that we were used by God in that way. After we left the school, we decided we were going to go out and
get some dessert (which the guys never knew we did that). It was a really good day for me just to be spending time with the girls on
the team. After we got back, we found the guys working really hard to finish off the putt-putt golf course that day. It was probably
one of the best days that they had that week because of all their sicknesses. Mr. Cannon said they really got into a rhythm and worked
well together. It was neat to see how we all worked together and were able to minister and be a blessing to the people we surrounded.
I am thankful to God for being able to go on this trip.
This trip was much like every other trip the college makes available for students to experience the work of ministry. We gave up
spring break and were stretched to wake up early, stay up late, and do hard physical labor. One unexpected aspect of this trip we
all learned from was to share. This was helped most by Brendan. He got sick on Monday and decided to share it with all of us on
Tuesday. Headaches, fevers, and coughs however did not stop us. After a late start, due to our sickness, the guys picked it up on
Thursday while the girls taught a lesson away from camp. Thankfully, the job was finished on Friday for a nice peaceful evening.
On Friday, a group went to teach a lesson at a public school and God used it greatly as about 110 kids heard the Gospel. It was a
great week of working, learning from each other and a good time to be alone and reflect on things. Two of my favorite times in the
week happened with the paintball games and the sharing of testimonies around the campfire.
The group left Camp Grace at 8:15 a.m. this morning. It was a beautiful day to travel. They had a great week, and they finished what
they came to do. They would appreciate our prayers today.
Yesterday the team taught 175 students and 6 classes. Today they taught two classes of about 110 students. They also finished the putt-putt golf course today.
Coming on this trip was nothing that I thought it would be, it is much much more. It amazes me to see how God took nine college
students and put us together to work as a team for a week doing miscellaneous projects such as fixing up a miniature golf course and
staining benches around the camp. We also had the opportunity to go into one of the local public schools and do what is called
"release time". Release time is a time where kids get to come onto a rolling chapel trailer and learn more about Jesus Christ.
Both these projects take a lot of preparation and team effort to complete. I am so thankful and blessed with the team that
I have had the opportunity to work with. This trip has stretched some of us out of our comfort zones but for the good. Every
day our group strives to do our best in serving the Lord and see where He leads us for that day with the different projects
and people we face.
When I found out about this trip, I was not sure about going. I thought that we would only be working with our group. We have
nine college students who before this trip did not talk to each other. We have been forced to work and live together which has
been fun. We have gotten to know each other and grow closer. Throughout the time here, we have been working on many random
projects such as fixing up a miniature golf course, staining benches, and taking lumber over for a climbing wall. Also, we
work on what is called Release Time at different public elementary schools. That is where we go to different schools and
teach a Bible lesson to children who may not get the opportunity to go to church and hear about God. After we are done
working, we will try to do something together such as a bon fire, playing games, or just talking. I have also learned that
to accomplish goals, you have to work together, because many things you can not do on your own. I have grown and been
stretched, and I am glad that I decided to come on this trip. I have made some friendships that I will keep long
after the trip ends.
I had no plans to go on this trip until I realized I had no way home for Spring Break. That said, I can't imagine a better
way to be spending it. I had no idea what I would be doing until I got here. I asked the Cannons on the way, and they told
me they didn't even know. We knew we would be helping fix up a miniature golf course and teaching some public schools kids
about Jesus. After that, we were living on a prayer. Thankfully, the camp had much more planned for us. We've been busy doing
various projects around the campus and have had as much fun as a few college students with spare golf carts and a lack of
supervision can. We've been blessed to see God's hand on us, and we have been able to pull these projects through fairly quickly.
When it came time for my own group to teach a Released Time class, I felt decently prepared to do my part. I wasn't; these second
and third grade kids were more attentive to our lessons than I've been in most chapels this entire year. I'm in awe of how God will
convict people in the most unique and subtle ways. To say we serve an awesome God is a complete understatement. His work is
blossoming at Camp Grace, and we've been privileged to be a part of it.