Brook Seekins: Week 2 of Camp

The Camp Staff

“When things seem to be going badly, you know that Satan is just trying to prevent ministry from happening and that good things lie ahead.”   That’s a quote from an evangelist at church today.  He as talking about a recent ministry trip that he had been on but it rings true of our last week of camp as well.
We traveled a couple hours away to the village of Ilango.  I admit that it wasn’t one of the best weeks of camp ever.  We had only half the expected number of kids.  And of those kids many were not feeling well the first couple days.  That meant that there wasn’t the typical excitement level that we are used to.  Some of the other kids came to camp with some proud hearts and their counselors had to be extra patient with them.   This meant that the staff, who were already tired from week 1, had to work extra hard to remain energetic for camp.  On top of it, I am still down with a chest cold and some other counselors are under the weather.  We were definitely ready for our two-day rest this weekend.
  Through all of it, we must praise the Lord for bearing fruit. 
The host church did a remarkable job in hosting camp. Both men and women were present starting at 5 am to carry firewood, water, cook, clean, etc… and the work did not end until after 9 pm each night. Then they would join us in our evening service and even sing as a choir. In the history of camp we have never seen such sacrifice on the part of the host church.  They even pulled together to build an addition at the pastor’s house in three days so that it would be ready for all the camp staff to stay in.
*In the Gospel class
8 campers came to know the Lord.  Others learned to share their personal testimonies.
*We also saw some of the kids who came to camp with “cocky” attitudes make
heart changes. When confronted they confessed that they were being rebellious and by the end of the week they were first in line for many activities and ministries.
Ironically. the pastor preached about Galatians 6:9 this morning and it was an encouragement to our weary souls.
Galatians 6:9-10: And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
So as we travel to our third week of camp in the Rukwa Valley keep praying.  We hope to have at least 60 kids in attendance. 
Pray for the kids’ hearts, the counselors’ energy, attitudes, and for our health.
In Him,

p.s. I put more camp pictures up on my blog so check it out.

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