From the Summer Staff: Allie R.

“This summer, campers taught me more about worship than my ministry classes ever will.”

–Allie R.

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Allie is in the middle with her hand up.

You may recognize Allie from our videos and photos as the girl behind the keyboard and microphone. Allie served as the Worship Coordinator for Summer 2018 after serving on the worship team in Summer 2017.  We are so excited to feature Allie on our blog today and we know you are going to love what she has to say.

“This summer I had the pleasure of serving Asbury Hills as its Worship Coordinator. I saw this as an incredible opportunity to serve God, live out my life calling of music ministry, and spend another three months at my absolute favorite place on Earth.

I am a Christian Worship Major at Indiana Wesleyan University, and I was ecstatic to use all I was learning in my worship classes at school to lead the staff and campers at Asbury Hills in authentic, biblical worship.  I believe, however, that those campers left more of an impression on me as to what it means to authentically and whole heartily worship God, than I ever would have expected. Instead of teaching, I often found myself as the one learning.

During Week 8, a few new activities were added to the groups’ schedules to mix things up a bit. One of those activities was titled “Band Time”. During this time, we would typically write a short song with each group. These songs brought out a lot of silliness and laughter from both the campers and the band.

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One morning, as we met with an elementary group for Band Time, we realized this group was still in the middle of their morning devotion time. I sat down with the group and was surprised to hear the questions they were asking their counselors. Their devotion time, which typically lasts twenty minutes, lasted over an hour as these campers were trying to wrap their minds around a theology adults still don’t fully grasp. As they finished, we only had about thirty minutes left for Band Time. The band began to set up to write a song as we had with every other group but as we were getting into place, one girl asked this of us:

“Is it okay if we just worship together?”

Her question was quickly followed by affirmation from her fellow campers. We, of course, were not going to deny them the chance to worship together. I spent the next thirty minutes in one of the most spirit-filled, authentic, and powerful worship settings I had ever experienced. So powerful that some of the campers were moved to tears.

In Mark 10:14-15, Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly, I tell you, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

Through this experience, I truly believe I saw a glimpse into the Kingdom of God. Those campers will never know how much they taught me about worship, and my view on what it means to purely worship God will never be the same.

So to those campers: thank you for showing me that I will never be done learning how to worship, and please never lose the passion you have to ask the difficult questions and worship without concern of the world around you. You are binging the kingdom of God to Earth.”

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–Allie R.

Staff applications for Summer 2019 are live on our website. If you know someone looking to have a summer that will change their life, send them our way. All questions can be directed to Sarah Moseley, our Summer Camp Director.

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