Camp Reflections from Oasis Children’s Developer, Brenda:
As I sit and write this at my computer, I am struck by how quiet it is. You see, we just returned from a week at Kids Across America Kamp, and I am already missing all of the joyful noise – kids laughing & cheering, playing in the pool, singing & bopping to loud Christian hip hop music, and just being silly! Even eating a meal in the dining hall is full of fun – with non-stop music, chanting, and line dancing!
God truly blessed us with a fantastic week! This year, thanks to the generosity of our many faithful supporters, we were able to take 29 young people, ranging in age from 10 – 18, and 5 adults. The weather in the Ozarks was a perfect 70° – 80°, and everyone stayed healthy and safe.
This summer’s camp theme was “Rooted,” based on Colossians 2:6-7
All week long we were inspired by that scripture, and learned about ways to live and grow spiritually while being rooted in Christ. For me, being with the youth all week and experiencing camp through their eyes truly recharged and encouraged me. I loved watching the wonder and delight on their faces as they got to experience new things and conquer challenges that they didn’t think they could ever accomplish.
There were so many wonderful moments, but some of the highlights for me were:
– When one of the kids was pretty homesick on the first night, but the next day he told me that he decided to take his counselor’s advice and just try to make the best of it and enjoy all the fun activities. He had a smile on his face for the entire rest of the week and at the closing ceremony he was presented with one of the top awards at camp – the “Barnabas Award” for being an encourager to his cabin mates!
– Watching another camper enjoy tubing on the lake. She had never been on a boat or a lake before, and said the lake water felt pretty good, even though she didn’t want to think too much about what else might be in the water with her!
– Witnessing the transition from terrified to proud as one of the girls conquered her fear of heights by not giving up on the treetops challenge course, even when it started to rain! She was so proud of herself when she finished it!
– Cross Talk – On the night of Cross Talk, an emotional evening that includes a life-like reenactment of the crucifixion, and a call for campers to commit or rededicate their lives to Christ, 3 of our teen campers gave their lives to Christ, and 7 rededicated themselves. It was a beautiful evening filled with encouragement, tears and prayers, and what made it even more special was seeing the other campers in our group circle around these young people to hug and congratulate them.
These are just a few of the many amazing and special moments that we experienced at camp all week, and I am humbled that I was able to be there to witness God at work transforming lives. Thank you so much to all of the many people who supported this trip with prayers and donations – we truly appreciate your investment and love!
If you have a heart for kids and are interested in plugging into one of our numerous programs for elementary or high school children, please contact Brenda or Martell for more information.
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