Hello everybody! 🙂 Nice to talk to you all again.
First things first, the Internet was down for the good first part of this week, and then we were really busy, so this is the first time since the Internet being back up that I’ve had time to sit down and type this.
This week was REALLY busy. First week of Camp Leo, which was about 60 kids and 40 staff members, plus about 10 of us Buck Creek staff. Camp Leo, for those of you don’t know, which I would assume would be a lot of you, is a camp for diabetic kids, to try and give them the experience being away from home at a summer camp, and yet helping them stay on track with their diabetes, and also, for the younger kids, teach them how to learn to portion their meals, making sure they match the amount of insulin with the amount of carbs they will eat for lunch. They bring in their own counselors, a HUGE medical staff, about 5 campers per nurse/doctor, and some recreational staff. We, Camp Berachah, provide some rec staff, and kitchen and housing. All staff are volunteers, and most are diabetic. While Camp Leo is not a Christian camp, there are some Christians in the staff, and one of them was the kitchen helper that Camp Leo provided for us. Her camp name is Chopper, which ties in to her job, which is mainly chopping up anything that we need chopped, like fruit or veggies, to help provide more time for meal prep for the rest of us. Most, if not all, of the CL staff are very willing to help if you ask nicely.
Because of the amount of dishes from CL, the amount of time in the kitchen increases, and the breaks between shifts are shorter. We started our shifts of days off, and mine was actually today, hence the time to type this all out. 😉 There wasn’t much time for activities during free time, and most of my free time involved naps or laundry. I did get to meet more of the CL staff, including a couple of counselors, Elmo and Baloo (from the Jungle Book). Elmo apparently can perform the annoying red puppet’s laugh, but thankfully he’s never done in my hearing. Other than that, he’s a really nice guy, I’m pretty sure he’s my age, and he loves working with kids. Oh yeah, and he reminds my of my mom, because he doesn’t quit something just because he failed the first time. This I saw when he tried to climb the hard aisle of the rock wall, and finally made it to the top after about 8-9 failed attempts. Baloo is a very nice talkative 19-year old guy, who also loves kids. He loves to swim, and definitely loves laser tag. I could tell he didn’t like having to skip on playing laser tag because he had to be the counselor waiting for the kids at the starting place, but he had a good attitude. Unfortunately I didn’t get to know any of the female counselors very well, as it always seemed like I had to work when they were doing rock wall or laser tag.
I did however, get closer to one of our female staff, our lifeguard for this week, Lilo. (Think Lilo and Stitch). She is a sweet gal who recently moved from the Philipines, and is both still discovering American culture and growing in her faith. If you could pray for her, that would be great, as she struggles with random bouts of depression. She (and I) don’t yet know why, and they only seem to last for a few hours.
Unfortunately, I ran into some tension problems with one of the other staff. I had been asking the Lord for help with being patient, and, being the Wise One that He is, He has given me plenty of opportunities to exercise being patient. I thought I had been doing well, and then I missed one day of Bible reading and messed up pretty good by not handling a situation well. I have since apologized and been forgiven, but of course am now dealing with the consequences.
Also during this time, I have developed a cold. It started with a slightly sore throat on Wednesday, grew to a stuffy nose and tiredness yesterday(Thursday) and today is going away, but still have a stuffy nose. Thankfully God has managed to give me a “second wind” during my shifts at work, and I of course had today off, which has helped greatly. As well as this, tomorrow is a light day, where we only feed CL staff, and then Sunday I have the day off as well. Having a cold could not have come at a better time, in my opinion so far. 🙂 God is good, and His timing is perfect.
It has been wonderful to see His timing in hindsight, watching how He led me through certain spiritual subjects and life lessons before working here, and now being able to use what I’ve learned so far to help or advise others here at camp. It is easier here, without distractions, to read my Bible every day, and yet I’ve still missed a few. Those days are actually the days when it is harder for me to treat others well, and how God calls us to treat them. This is an interesting time for me spiritually, and I am truly excited to learn what He has in store for me the rest of the summer.
Now for a confession: I have NO clue what I’ll be doing after August. No clue. At all. And this is both freeing and weighs me down. But somehow, the knowledge of me having no idea what I’ll be doing is helping, I think, to draw me closer to Him, and yes, there’s a wee bit of excitement to see where God is leading me.
This post was a wee bit more personal than the others, but it’s what’s on my heart right now. 🙂 I miss you all, and love you, my precious family, both immediate and Brothers and Sisters In Christ.
Quick prayer request: One of my friend’s younger sisters is going through a tough time right now. This is what my friend posted; PLEASE pray for Katelyn. She went to the clinic and the Dr. there sent her to the ER immediately for further testing. She has high white blood cell count, bladder & kidney infections. Please, share with your friends so as many people as possible can be praying for her. Update from her mother:
Just wanted to put out a quick update because you all have been so awesome with your kind words and offered prayers. It blesses my heart SO much to see you all care enough to take a moment to pray for my children. the body of Christ is a beautiful thing Katelyn is doing SOOO much better. she is perky today, even ate breakfast, finally her fever is down without tylenol and motrin. her meds are wor…king. the hospital called this morning to check on her (totally impressed with Legacy and their ER pediatric staff) and to say that her cultures still haven’t come back so we don’t know any new news on her kidneys, but she LOOKS so much better and is smiley and wants to play that I know she is doing well. and she’s keeping food down. she lost 10% of her body weight in just this short time, we think it may have been festering for a couple of weeks which explains the random fevers. anyways, just wanted to let you know that she is on the mend and to thank you all again for being such beautiful caring friends.
Thanks for reading my post, and for praying for little Katelyn.