It is so clearly God’s heart that everyone should come to know him. He commands us in the Bible to be a Church that goes to the nations to declare his glory. This looks different for every person and in every situation. At some points this could mean evangelizing to your family, your neighborhood, or even going out into world and finding those who have yet to hear the good news of Jesus. I feel incredibly blessed this summer to be able to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to the young people of Ohio through serving at Beulah Beach Camp.
Summer camp, with all its crazy dances, authentic times of worship, and warm campfires has run through my veins since before I was born. In fact, the first time I came to Beulah Beach was in my mom’s stomach to family camp months before I was even born. Beulah sits on the shores of Vermilion, Ohio and is only an hour away from my house. Somehow, every summer I have ended up back here. It started as coming for weeks with my family which led to week long overnight camps. Then at age 14 I started to volunteer on staff leading to joining the summer-long staff after I graduated high school. And I sit here now with Lake Erie in front of me preparing for my second summer on leadership here. I owe so much of who I am to this place and I feel so blessed to be able to give back even just a little by being on staff. It is at this camp where I have seen my faith grow, felt the call to missions, made countless friends and had countless bellyaches from too much laughter.
Now I’m back to continue in ministry as we seek to take the experience of camp on the road to different Churches all around Ohio. We get the unique experience of partnering with various churches in the area to give kids who might not otherwise have been able to go to camp the chance to experience it and reach them with the Gospel. My team and I are really excited to get the summer started and see the many ways that God is going to work in the lives of kids this summer. We are asking God for big things and trusting that many lives will be eternally affected. I am especially looking forward to putting the many lessons I learned this past year into practice. It will be great to serve with the extended family of Christ this summer, but continue to share in the prayers and workings of the Church as a whole.