Summer Camp and Changed Lives
by Grace Fox
I was eight years old when I attended a week-long church summer camp for the first time. Sharing a rustic cabin with nine other girls my age was only half the fun.
Every morning before breakfast we swept and decorated our space (with dandelions mostly) in hopes of winning a chocolate bar for the best-kept cabin. We played baseball, ping-pong, and round-robin tetherball. We swam in an outdoor pool with the occasional garter snake. And we attended chapel every morning and evening.
The summer I turned twelve, my counselor was a missionary gal on home assignment. She’d served in Ecuador for two decades and had countless bedtime stories to tell. I listened, intrigued, and God used them to call me to career missions.
Summer camp changed my life. It taught me how to quickly make new friends, cope with homesickness, develop sportsmanship, and face my fear of spiders and snakes. It taught me to enjoy creation and worship the Creator. Best, it put me on the path to His purpose for my life. Who would have thought that something so much fun could have so much eternal impact?
Grace Fox is an international speaker and the author of nine books including Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation. She is a member of the writing team for “First 5,” a Bible study app produced by Proverbs 31 Ministries. www.gracefox.com; www.fb.com/gracefox.author