Just got this email from my boss here at Saddleback, Kurt Johnston:
Hey incredible HSM team!
Just wanted to let you know that I will be praying for you as you head off to camp on Monday. As the parent of two campers, I am so very thankful for the time, effort and prayers that have gone into this camp!
I’m sure Josh has already given you plenty of “Pep Talks” concerning camp, but I can’t pass up the opportunity to share a few brief thoughts with you:
- Lives get changed at camp! For some students, this will be the week they meet Jesus for the first time. For others, it will be the week the decide to take him seriously. For some it will be the week they feel called into a life of ministry. God will use this week at camp….the silly games, the chapels, the cabin talks….all of it to impact HSM students in a significant way.
- Leaders are what make the magic happen! Pour into the incredible men and women who are giving up vacation and family time to be counselors. Look for ways to encourage them, to lighten their load, and to spur them on. If not for them, camp couldn’t happen.
- Camp is for the camper! This is a phrase the junior high team has heard me say over and over and over again. It’s just a simple reminder that camp isn’t about you, your comfort, your preferences, your “rights” etc. Everything about camp is for the camper. Look for ways to serve our students in unique ways. Look for opportunities to sacrifice something for the benefit of a camper. Look for a chance to do something that makes a student say, “wow…I can’t believe a leader just did that for me”.
- You are a leader….so lead well. As wonderful as camp is (for all the reasons listed above, and more), it is also an opportunity for poor leadership, unwise decisions, bickering, and recklessness to bubble up. Lead well this weekend so you set the best stage possible for the Holy Spirit to show up in the lives of our students.
I am praying for you….see ya on Monday morning!
Just the encouragement we needed! In the home stretch now … summer camp here we come!