So last summer I landed a job at this really cool place that grew to become my home for 8 weeks. Even on a hundred acres of beauty, it didn’t take long to become familiar with the layout. I traversed creeks and hills and did nature scavenger hunts and slept out in a tree-house and swam in a pond and played in a mud pit. I slept safely in a shelter with the sounds of crickets lulling me to sleep every night. And I got to know some wonderful people who would become like family to me. New kids would come every week – each one of them bringing something special to the group of girls I was responsible for having fun with (not usually a hard task). We laughed together, cried together, smeared paint and shaving cream on each other and washed paint and shaving cream OFF of each other, swam in the pond together, cooked meals over the fire together, and got to know other groups of kids together.
But you know what the coolest thing is about this place I worked at? Jesus is there. Now I know Jesus is everywhere and that’s one of the things I love most about Him. But Jesus is very present, active, and moving at this place. I could see Him in the activities we did. I could see Him in the smiles of the kids as they accomplished things they did not know they were capable of. I could see Him in the learning that took place. I could see Jesus every day in a thousand different ways. And that is what made this place so alive and inviting and fun! We serve an awesome God and when we worship Him together, well, a summer can’t get much better than that!
Welcome to Bethany Birches Camp! Get ready to join the fun!