God is doing a good work in and through our team! It’s been really amazing to watch the unity of purpose and camaraderie that has been growing since we have been here!
We all start our day pretty early, but enjoying the beauty of this place and some quiet moments with the Lord. After breakfast and a team devotional, we loaded up the bus for the long journey to Ruby Ranch. After a quick set up, we were excited to see the kids arriving for our second day of camp. We got right to it with Bible, arts/crafts, English, adventure/ballet and sports. The campers were much more relaxed and eager to participate. Even working with our language differences, we continue to build relationships and trust.
And our team continues to diligently perform in each of their areas and responsibilities. This is always such a joy for me to see our team at work – using their God given passion and abilities to facilitate camp! It’s a great picture of the body of Christ at work. It’s also such a joy to share this experience with my family (minus our little guy). Watching my wife serve on our team and Jake and Cole has been a blessing. All of them have jumped right in to get a taste of what I get to experience so often serving here!
After enjoying lunch, I again had the opportunity to share from God’s Word. We looked a little more in depth at some of the struggles they face and tried to challenge them to think about their future self. No one plans to wreck their lives, but many do by failing to ask one important question, “What is the wise thing to do?” We tried to apply this question to many scenarios and challenge them toward Godly wisdom.
Camp seems to go quickly, so we always invite the campers to hang out with us longer. Some of the team continue to invest in relationships through fun while other started the work. We were working on two projects – continuing to build the zip line and our newest venture was landscaping. We were able to purchase some beautiful plants to add color and life around the Rancho.
Many of us were up with the sun at we worked at the Ranch right up to sunset. So it was a long day and a long bus ride home. Praise God for a great dinner and then it was off to team time and small group time. We continue to explore what it means to really grow in our faith through spiritual disciplines.
Thanks for following our mission and most importantly for your prayer support. It is needed and felt!