God is on the Move at NorthBay YFCamps
Today, over 350 campers and leaders are departing after an amazing week at NorthBay high school YFCamp. Located along the shore of Chesapeake Bay, the NorthBay property is beautiful and full of so many activities for campers and leaders, including a water zip line, a scream swing, and a ropes course. It was so fun to see students and their leaders interact with one another as they took risks and tried new things. Each night, campers heard a message from Dave Ramseyer and worshipped with the band Seven Glory. During club, I ran the PowerPoint slides in the back of the room. I love this job because I am able to see all of the campers as they worship. As the week went on, it was amazing to see students open up and become receptive to the music and messages. It is so powerful to watch students and leaders worship alongside one another and raise their hands in praise. Campers who had hardened hearts and were far from God upon arrival to camp came to know Him this week. Many students gave their lives to Christ for the first time, and I cannot wait for us to count the exact number of commitments!
This week was especially awesome for me because my YFC chapter from home was here and I was able to connect with the campers and leaders. It was great to see some familiar faces and spend time with them at meals and during free time. One night during free time, I sat down and had ice cream with one of the campers from my area. Her leader wanted us to connect because of common ground we share in some of our life experiences. We sat and talked, and really connected in a short period of time. We then went on the scream swing together and had so much fun! This hour and a half period of time was the highlight of my week. I am so thankful that God allowed our paths to cross and provided time for us to share some of life together. I cannot wait to connect with her again when we get back home. This experience opened my eyes to how passionate I am about high school students and connecting with them. I continue to become more and more passionate about Youth for Christ’s mission of reaching young people, and I look forward to starting to work with high school students as a volunteer at Campus Life and my church.
In less than 24 hours, campers will be arriving for middle school camp here at NorthBay! I must admit, I am a bit tired, but I know that the Lord will be our strength this week! I cannot wait to see how He moves!