Peak Week 2020
Back in November I (Juli) was approached by the Children’s Pastor of another local church, Restoration Church, to see if I would be interested in collaborating with other churches to put together a summer camp for pre-teens. As the year started and this pandemic arrived, we saw how difficult it could be to make definite decisions without knowing if the camp could even happen. However, we decided to keep moving forward with planning the specifics and praying, while also promoting it among our churches.
A week before camp started, the husband of one of the camp director became sick with Covid-19 and the position of camp director was moved to the Pastor of Magnolia Cowboy Church. She did an amazing job with the transition and there was a lot of grace in regards to making things happen. Finally, the day came and we went to camp, both Nathaniel and myself. The theme of the camp was “Reset, Refresh, and Recalibrate” which was based on 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Overall, we had an amazing time! I was there to help in whatever was necessary; taking pictures, encouraging the kids to do a very silly dance, as well as encouraging the children one on one. We hosted 115 pre-teen campers, and throughout the camp, 10 of them gave their lives to Jesus! Praise the Lord! Unfortunately, towards the end of the camp, Nathaniel broke his collar bone during one of the activities, but was still able to encounter Jesus personally and see him at work through his camp leaders. Here are his own words about his time at the camp. “I was able to conquer my fears (he had an accomplishment list) and made me more connected with God”. He also experienced God’s protection, because while in camp, one of the leaders in his cabin came down with a fever due to Covid-19, and to this day, he is still fine. He felt God was actively protecting him through that.
As the camp came to a close, it beautiful to look back and see what it looks like for the body of Christ to serve together in unity. God's goodness was prevalent throughout the camp, even during the difficult moments we had to overcome. I am very thankful to everyone who contributes to our ministry that allowed for Nathaniel and myself to be a part of this beautiful work of God in our community.