“Sometimes working at camp can be hard, but then I remember that I get to cheer for literally everything…even hand sanitizer!!” said “Belle of the Fall” or Marisa.

Hey y’all, Katy or “Bedazzle” here, and I couldn’t agree more with what Marisa told me earlier this week. Making camp happen can be hard, there are a lot of games to organize, a lot of campers to plan for, a lot of food to serve (and clean up), and countless details to consider. However, these things provide endless reasons to cheer, endless opportunities to celebrate and recognize our God who provided it all. At camp, we celebrate everything. We cheer for smallest things (like hand sanitizer) and we cheer for the biggest things, like campers deciding to follow Christ.

The Lord is a giver of good gifts, and here are a few gifts that I celebrated today:

-Waking up to the sound of roosters
-Sleeping in until 9am and having hot chocolate at breakfast
-Story time with Jack
-Creative minds that can think of games with limited resources
-Having my toes in the pool during a meeting to discuss logistics of our schedule
-Beautiful weather and staff volleyball games
-The leadership of Philip Coleman, a man of God who leads with clarity and consistency
-Two busses full of new campers who just arrived safely at camp
-Hamburgers, French fries and a coke for dinner
-Yelling the “Okay” cheer at least 24 times in the last 24 hours
-10,000+ steps on my Fitbit (yay!) because my job allows me to be active
-A partnership with our native team that has become a deep friendship
-A community of people who know Christ, and make Him known

We recognize God’s hand in ALL of this, and to Him be the glory! I am thankful that He has chosen and allowed us to be part of the work that He is doing through Christian camping in the Dominican Republic!