Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Teen Camp

Teen Camp in Kermit, West Virginia...


Right now I find myself in Kermit, West Virginia where the population is 199. (Not 199,000…just 199.) The weather has been perfect; the mountainous climate leaves a hint of coolness even during sunny days. We’re not sleeping in tents, though great food and fellowship makes it feel like a camping trip. And it’s so quiet and peaceful, with the added ambiance of an occasional pick-up truck driving by with country music playing on the radio.

This morning I had such a great time with God, just resting in His presence and basking in His beautiful creation. I felt such assurance that I was right where He wanted me to be. That was such an encouragement because a day prior, I’d been feeling torn about not going to China this summer. But it’s amazing that as I follow God’s leading, my emotions and needed peace follow in time.

I’ve loved my role as a team leader; the team here is great, and we’ve bonded so closely already. They are hard workers and get on so well together. I’ve enjoyed looking for ways to support them and be their guide while also jumping into ministry opportunities whenever I can. Like today at Teen Camp…

The church we are supporting hosts free summer camps for youth in the area, and this week of camp is for teenagers (‘Teen Camp.’) It just takes one look at the kids to realize many of them are from tough situations and one conversation with to know your observations are true.

Some of the stories I’ve heard have been so personal and heart-breaking that it’s hard to believe the words are coming from 10, 12, and 14 year olds. Their wounded hearts come alive at our attention, and we speak to them of Jesus while also having tons of fun (it was shaving cream waffle ball this afternoon.) My heart aches for them, and I can’t even wait until tomorrow when they come again and I can spend more time with them.

Please be praying for the rest of our time here. There is still so much to be done…

Love and hugs,
Kristen.

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  1. It sounds like you're having a wonderful and blessed week. Miss you, the dad :-)

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