As the first week of camp draws near, our summer staff has prepared to serve campers in the most all-encompassing way possible. We learned about risk management, anti-racism, and became CPR, First Aid, lifeguard, and high ropes certified. We learned how to create inclusive communities centered in the love of Jesus and became a wonderful community of our own. We learned how to build up campers’ faith and foster their leadership and service skills. Because of this preparation, we are all anticipating another safe, exciting, and faith-filled summer!
In 1 Corinthians chapter 12 we hear, “There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink. So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts.”
These verses from 1 Corinthians are very poignant to me, and to the other staff members, because it reminds us that no job is less important than the next. Of course, there are counselors to guide campers, but there are so many other jobs here at camp that serve extremely important functions. The kitchen staff makes sure that we have delicious, well prepared food to eat every day. The maintenance staff ensures that Stony Lake’s facilities are clean and functional. Each and every person working here this summer has a valuable purpose– just like how the body needs an ear just as much as it needs a foot.
One of our Day Camp Team Leaders, Sam Helzer, spoke on this topic, “The day camp ministry is so important because I think being able to go directly to people’s churches, their safe place and their comfort zone, enables kids to open up even more!”
Another moving thought about camp’s all-embracing ministry comes from Eli Rhodenhiser, Kitchen Staff, “We are treating campers as Jesus would and that makes all of our jobs incredibly important. That makes it worth working really hard in the kitchen.
With this, we are reminded that every job here at camp is an integral part of the work of LWM, that is, helping every member of the community see Christ in themselves and each other.
“God placed each part in the body just as he wanted it to be” (1 Corinthians 12:18)