The morning began with breakfast and Camp Gathering time. The speaker gave a message about seeing people for who they really are. He showed the campers a video of a young woman, Lizzie Velasquez giving her testimony about a disorder that doesn’t allow her to keep fat on her body. She spoke about a Video she discovered on YouTube that someone made of her, with only her picture, stating she was the “Ugliest Woman.” She spoke about her faith and how God showed her that her disorder was a blessing and everything she went through because of it made her stronger and led her to be a great speaker. The speaker reminded the campers of their royalty. He spoke about being sons and daughters to a king. He finished with a challenge, asking us to find what God’s purpose for us is and to maximize our potential in Christ.
After Camp Gathering time, the group cleaned up and went off to their work sites where they installed floors, painted, sanded, and spackled. The crew still seemed to be motivated, opting to work the full day, rather than the intended half day!
Knowing the group had worked extra hard, the kitchen crew added a dinner to the menu, making dinner on a Wednesday night, something not normally put into the schedule. After dinner, campers, staff and all went to Holden Beach. Being from Minnesota, many people in this group have either never gone to the beach or hadn’t been to one in a long time! It was a great experience for everyone!
Soon enough, time came for the campers to get some rest for their last day of work!
Breakfast was hot, and the campers were ready to go! Soon, fully fed and the building all clean, they began to head off for their final day of work for the week. The group worked all day, some of them right until 5 when dinner was supposed to be served! They finished spackling, laying down base floors, painting, and cleaning up the work site.
After dinner, it was Camp Gathering time. The Speaker’s theme for the night was “Courage and the Cross.” He began to give a detailed visual of how the crucifixion panned out. He wanted to create an image for the campers that helped them understand just how Courageous Jesus was; reassuring us that some of our decisions to be courageous, such as telling someone the truth when it’s really hard or leaving friendships that are hurting our spiritual growth are not even a glimpse of what Jesus had to face and be courageous for. The speaker reminded us of the irony of God’s creation. He explained how the thorns on a thorn bush were made to protect birds from prey, yet people made a crown of them as mockery to go on the head of the one who created the thorns. The explanation of this really seemed to sink into the campers. With a powerful message, it was time for the Thursday night Ice Cream social with the homeowners.
After many had exchanged addresses to send letters of thanks and encouragement, the campers had some time to themselves before heading off to bed, getting ready to leave in the morning,
The group rose early and ready to head off to the next part of their adventure. Being from Minnesota, they were sure to not miss out on other sites they could visit while traveling such a long way, so they made a stop at Myrtle Beach before going home! What a great end to a great week. And a fantastic end to an amazing summer of Work Camp. The spirit of the Lord truly showed through each of these campers, through their words, and service.
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