From the Summer Staff: Faith

“Asbury Hills brought me my people. My people that will support me and push me closer to the Lord each and every day, and for that I am forever thankful.”
–Faith O.

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Faith was a counselor for Summer 2018 at Asbury Hills. She not only traveled to a different state to spend the summer at camp but stepped way out of her comfort zone and served as a counselor.

We got a chance to hear first hand from Faith about her experience as a summer staffer at Asbury Hills. Her story is an amazing one so feel free to keep reading to hear from Faith!

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Pictured:
Trevor, Perry, Ridge (top)
Meriwether, Faith, Addie (bottom)

“When I first went to write this, I realized how hard it is to put into words my experience at Asbury Hills this past summer. When asked to describe my experience at camp, my mind races to a million different places. How do you describe something that is so indescribable?

This summer, I was so blessed to receive the opportunity to work at Asbury Hills as a summer camp counselor. I had first heard about Asbury through someone who was a counselor for multiple summers a couple of years ago. He told so many fun stories that he experienced and talked about how much camp meant to him, and I desired that same experience. I knew that I needed more. More than my typical summer job working at a restaurant. More than staying home in Florida. More than the plan that I had created for myself. I needed an experience that would push me in my faith, help me grow as a leader and transform me, and camp did exactly that. When I first even thought about the idea of working at Asbury Hills, I really doubted myself. I doubted my ability as a counselor and my personal faith. I was scared to travel hundreds of miles away from my home. I didn’t think that I would have what it would take to pour into campers. I was so scared of the unknown. Despite my doubts, I knew that God was calling me to more. God called me to push myself out of my comfort zone, and I am forever grateful that He did.

I saw camp as an experience that I could use to serve the Lord and pour my heart into campers. Working at camp not only did these things, but also helped to reveal the Lord’s faithfulness. This summer really revealed to me that the Lord has plans for me that are SO much greater than my own. This is something that I had always heard of in church growing up, but I never truly experienced. The idea of letting myself go and letting God take control of my life was something that was honestly very foreign and scary to me. How could I trust a plan that is so unknown? I know first-hand that once you truly and whole-heartedly put your trust in the Lord and His plan for your life, you begin to grow into the person that He has called you to be. Throughout the summer, God revealed time and time again His love and faithfulness. Through the good days and the bad days, God’s presence was always so visible. His love was made evident through the campers that He placed in my life and the experiences that would bring me both joy and sadness. Through the devotion times with my campers, God revealed Himself through my vulnerability. I have struggled in the past with being open and honest about things that I have experienced throughout my lifetime. I was pushed to be open and vulnerable about myself and soon came to realize that the experiences that I shared related to my campers. This vulnerability was shown solely through God’s presence.

Working at Asbury Hills brought me more joy than I thought I would ever experience. This might surprise people because I am not known for loving the outdoors, but it’s so true! Camp brought me so many amazing experiences and lifelong friendships that I know I will have forever. Asbury Hills brought me my people. My people that will support me and push me closer to the Lord each and every day, and for that I am forever thankful.

Being on staff at Asbury Hills was such an incredible and growing experience for me. Having the opportunity to help campers grow in their relationship with the Lord while also growing in my own faith is such a moving experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I have no doubt in my mind that the Lord sent me to South Carolina to work as a summer camp counselor. If you have any thought going through your mind about possibly applying to work at camp, whether it be a counselor or not, I strongly recommend that you just do it (insert Shia LaBeouf here.) Push yourself out of your comfort zone and into the unknown and see what God does through you.

Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God already has His plan ready for you. Fully put your trust in Him and see how He will transform you and use you to further His kingdom.”

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We are still hiring for Summer 2019. If you know anyone looking for a summer job that will truly make an impact, send them our way! For more information about Summer Staff for Summer 2019, feel free to visit our website or contact our Summer Camp Director by emailing summercamp@asburyhills.org.

 

 

 

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