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L. has always loved to sing and act and has never been shy or quiet. Last year, however, she had her first small relationship with a boy who Í am learning wanted more than she thankfully would do. She lost a lot of weight, lost all her color, stopped singing at home or wanting to do much of anything. We lost our L. When I came to pick her up at camp she was back-- jumping off the walls, singing, eating chocolate (which was her favorite, and she hadn't had in month). She was singing and praising God, and I owe all that to AIR and you all. I got the greatest gift by sending her there-- I got my daughter back.
Now, S. was often easy to anger and struggled with severe mood swings. AIR opened her right up-- she sings in public-- performed at church-- and claims her God-given talents with smiles of joy. She wants to grow up and pursue ministry-- MINISTRY-- this coming from a kid who freaked out every time we prayed out loud. Now she leads the most beautiful prayers at supper.
Camp changed our lives, their lives, and all the lives of those they come in contact with. Almost every day they said they can't wait to go back and that it was their favorite memory thus far in their lives-- WOW!!!!! I am so grateful to Little Grassy and that our church helped make it possible.
Thanks to all of the folks at East Bay who made my grand girls first camping experience totally delightful. They were full of chatter on the way out of the camp, and then, my husband said, total silence ! They were sound asleep and slept alll the way to Williamsville when Papa woke them up to get something to eat. AWESOME experience for girls who really needed a positive in their lives. BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YOU! !
Our camping ministry is one of (if not THE) strongest evangelism tool reaching our children and youth. Spending time surrounded by God's creation in all that is said and done, awakens and rekindles the Spirit within. Thanks be to God for all the faithful volunteers and staff over the years. You have truly been the heart of Jesus, changing our world!
One camper told me that camp had changed her forever. Her grandparents shared that this was true. The young lady had a positive attitude about most everything and even seemed to enjoy the time spent with her parents and grandparents!
A summer staff member began the summer thinking he would never work with children younger than high school. During summer camp he was "stretched" and his faith was strengthened. He began the summer loving God, but viewing the church in a more negative light. He answered God's call to ordained ministry this summer and credits his camp experience for his more positive view of the church. He said, "I saw what church is supposed to be like at camp."
I went to camp as a child and my kids went to camp. We all enjoyed it! Camp allows people to take a look at their faith as they soak up the glory of nature that God has created, without the distractions at home.