Back in the homeland

Well, we’re back in the good old US of A.  We got in right around noon yesterday, and I know that most of us were fighting to stay awake till 9ish last night.  I figured out that I had been awake for about 26 hours when I went to bed, and for me, I only slept about 15 minutes while traveling.  So it was a long day for sure.

But yes, we’re back now.  And I’m finally getting a chance to reflect on the whole experience.  And what an experience it was.  I had the privilege of being a part of the first youth camp team this year, and that in itself ended up being very challenging, very draining, but still rewarding.  We were affectionately titled the “guinea pigs” by the people that sent us, since New Heights has never sent a team to run a youth camp, and even more than that, the Bible school has never even tried doing the camp before.  So we knew that challenges were ahead of us, we just didn’t know WHAT challenges.

The camp, in the end, was a success.  The students loved it, and almost all of them said they’d like to come back next year.  I remember one student saying, “my parents made me come to this camp, and I didn’t want to.  But now I don’t want to leave.”  It’s comments like that which made our long days, late nights and early mornings worth it.  Speaking of that, a typical day for most of us camp team members looked like this:
Wake up somewhere between 6-6:30
Leaders meeting at 7:30
Breakfast at 8
English conversation groups from 9-11
Team building games from 11-12
Lunch from 12-1
“Free time” from 1-2:30
Rec from 2:30-4:30
“Free time” from 4:30-6
Dinner at 6
Main program at 8
Night activity at 9ish
Go to bed between 1-1:30am
Start over at 6am

I put free time in quotes because that was free time for the students.  For us it was prime work time.  We were so wrapped up in making sure things were prepared for that night.  I don’t want to make the schedule sound like it was a bad thing, though.  We were certainly busy, and it was certainly VERY tiring, but we had fun with it.

I don’t want to go too long with this blog, but I just want to say thank you for all the prayers that went into this camp.  I know that I saw God at work in many ways last week at camp, and I know my other camp teammates did too.  It was an incredibly challenging experience for all of us, and in different ways for everybody.  But I know that all of us are so glad that we were part of it.  The six of us became family to each other over the past two weeks, and I’m so thankful for each of my teammates.  I look forward to seeing God at work at this camp in years to come.

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