Many things going through my mind at the moment. First, I miss my girls. They are at church camp with over 1,000 students from our church there. They are investing their lives in God and in the lives of others. When we moved to Tennessee our goal was to make sure we attended the church of our choice in the same town we lived in and the girls went to school with the same kids. My second goal was to find a church that had kidz choirs. Many of you know and some of you don’t, that I have directed/coordinated kidz choirs for about 18 years before I moved here….two musicals a year (I love those times). Well the girls fell in love with Long Hollow Baptist Church and at the time Long Hollow did not have a kids choir program. Another church in town did, but I felt God calling us to Long Hollow….again to follow the first goal…kids that go to Long Hollow and our school. I was resolving that God had closed the Chapter of directing choirs in my life and I was OK with that. Took me awhile, but I was OK.
Oh, and on the camp note….did you know to BEWARE of the nachos at camp. Evidently the camp nurse had Heather text me and tell me to make her an appointment for the dentist….that she chipped a tooth on the nachos…lol…what??!!
I am excited to hear about their camp week. Camp was so important to me as a young person. I attended GA (Girls in Action)/Acteen Camp every summer. What is GA and Acteen’s? It was a mission group for girls in church and was all about serving and missions. In Indiana, they offered one week of tent camping and another week of cabin camping and our church would pick one one year and do the other the next year. I still remember the week of tenting camping in the rain..uggghhh…I believe I came home mildewed myself!! I still remember Mrs. Gillespie, “mother mission” and a wealth of stories she shared. I still remember songs from camp. I still remember meeting others from other churches and becoming friends, and the last night around the campfire singing “Pass It On,” a perfect song to pass our love of Jesus on, being very tearful because we were leaving new friends.
After years of going to camp as a child and middle schooler, I didn’t have a chance to do that again until my College years when I went to Florida to be a camp counselor at GA/Acteen camp for seven weeks in a row. For when I was 13 years old my family with three other families agreed to plant a church in our area. We did not have another Southern Baptist Church in the tri-city area in northwest Indiana. I went kicking and screaming because I had to leave my friends in my church. I went through four years of NO camp, NO Christian friends. It was hard on my little immature life…lol. The church didn’t grow much until after I left at age 18 to go to college. I literally RAN to Southwest Baptist University to find me some Christian friends!! I hungered for kindred spirits that loved my God….and I found them! My girls are spoiled; they can actually get smothered in Christian friends here. And I LOVE IT for them!! I pray for wisdom for them, for clear vision, in a world out there, that is very non-Christian.
Ok….skip six days from when I started this blog.
The girls came home for a day and the left again to serve in at Kidz Camp! A first for both of them. Don ended up needing to go pick up Heather on Thursday because she was running a fever. I think she slept for two days solid and trying to recuperate today. She has lost her voice in this process…NOT a bad thing…lol.
I find it truly fun for God to bring all my past camp experiences to mind while the girls were at their Student Camp. When the girls returned, Holly Ann shared that God has called her into the ministry!! I truly am NOT surprised by this! She has one of the most amazing hearts I have ever known, and cares deeply for people. I am excited to see where God leads her. She has already begun thinking about how to encourage and reach her Soccer team this year. GO GOD!!
I wish I was more disciplined to write things more often so my blog moments are not so scattered in one post…maybe I will get the hang of this soon J.