Hello my faithful friends and patient readers! It has been far too long since I’ve put thought to keystroke here. I’m excited to finally have time and mental energy left in the tank to jot you a quick update from Michigan.
I thought that, once Summer Family Camp was over, things would start to slow down here at Life Action Camp. But wow, I had no idea the scope of what would come my way. The camp management team has given me the new title of Project Manager–a position completely new to the camp, myself included. So in the midst of our various fall events and retreats, I’m working nonstop to observe, learn, dialogue, brainstorm, research, develop, innovate, and implement new organizational ideas and/or processes. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a job so much… or been so exhausted!
One of my biggest projects is media development. I’ve just received a very cool dual platform laptop to enable me to engage in graphic design, procedure development, administrative tasks, and on and on. As a result, a chunk of my time each week is spent taking online training courses so that I can learn several new and powerful programs (to both the camp and myself). This is all with the hopes that I can help utilize our media and technology in such a way that it propels the Gospel forward and isn’t a distraction and/or a hindrance.
I’m also serving on the CREW (our young adult volunteer program) Management Team, helping to standardize and streamline our policies, procedures, and communication. This is, by far, my favorite part of camp. There’s just nothing like serving, training, counseling, teaching, and building up the next generation of God’s Kingdom! Over the last couple months, we’ve taken a fine-toothed comb to our application process and refined a lot of our procedures. We’re also spending a lot of energy planning out the many CREW activities and weekly teaching sessions that are geared specifically to these young adults.
It’s really quite remarkable what it takes to pull off ten straight weeks of Christ centered family camp with 13 full-time staff and 60+ young volunteers! I am so excited to be in the midst of God’s work here and already can’t wait to see what we’re able to accomplish during the winter months as we prepare for another incredible summer watching God transform lives, prepare and equip families, and strengthen His Church!