It has been a great first three weeks of Camp Hope! Jesus has made a way for us to open our doors for over 40 children every weekday from 8am-5pm. It has been a time of going deeper with the Lord, and learning about the hope we have in Jesus! We have seen into the lives of so many precious families. Children are coming into our home and learning how to be who Jesus created them to be, in an atmosphere of safety and love. We are so thankful! We are praying for souls to be saved and for the Prince of Peace to reign in every home.
One of my favorite aspects of Camp Hope is seeing the Lord love each child and volunteer in the way that they need love. During our second week of camp, two children were signed in later than usual, and immediately told me that no one would wake up to bring them to camp. You could hear the frustration in their voices. I asked them if they were hungry because we had moved on from breakfast time. They both responded with a quick ‘YES!’ I was able to give them each a granola bar and juice, to which one of the children said, “Jesus loves us!” They were so excited that we would still give them food past ‘breakfast time’, and I was thankful for a sweet time when the Lord allowed those little ones to feel special and to be cared for. We are praying for campers, missionaries, interns, and volunteers alike to experience the overwhelming love of Jesus this summer! Would you pray for us as we enter the next 5 weeks of Camp Hope?
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18 ESV
“We have structure, we have rules, we have a safe place, we have love, and most importantly we have the Holy Spirit. We also have a camp full of children that have never known any of these things, some days you see them soaking the truth in like little sponges, other days you wonder if they’ve heard anything at all. Today was one of those days…during craft time they made rainbows to represent promise and then asked them what question they wanted to ask God…one child asked God why the Holy Spirit was his friend? And the Holy Spirit answered, because you’re special…He quietly wrote the answer on his paper and I looked over at just the right moment. My attention had been on a child that was not behaving well, and in that moment Jesus reminded me that He works in unseen ways, and today I had the privilege to see one way He is working in that child’s life…I can have faith that He is working despite our feelings.” –Katelyn, WWG Summer Intern