JP 2017 Update - Day 33
Last year, my childhood friend Jessica Dodson was the JP summer intern. She was the first woman to be the intern and she is going to be an Assistant Camp Director the last week of JP. I have been looking forward to staffing with her and seeing her again so much! In my exhaustion, I got it in my head that she was staffing THIS coming week, instead of next. Jessica and I haven't done something together since elementary school when we acolyted together for the 8:15 am service at MST. Needless to say, I am REALLY looking forward to working with her again next week!
Yesterday, I shut down our Macedonia UMC Camp and we officially opened Hunting Ridge. My week last week consisted mainly of Costco and Walmart runs, but I enjoyed every second with my 2 kitchen staffers, Virginia and Graham. They were so dedicated and full of life. I really could not have asked for a better kitchen staff! At every turn, they were willing to help and make my life so much easier as I did my own job as the intern, but also the personal grocery delivery for the cook. I am so proud of them.
Today was our first day of official camp at Hunting Ridge! Our ACD this week is Adam and he and I are already gonna be good buds. I was joking around in that dry sarcastic way I do, and he just caught right on and he and I were just vibing off of each other. This morning, he and I went to Walmart for the camp. While in the car, we started talking. He mentioned that he needed to go run another errand other than just Walmart. I asked what it was, he said he forgot his bible. I mentioned that I had brought 2 bibles and he asked what version, I said ESV. He was like that's the Extra Spiritual Version, I asked why he used that translation versus NIV or NRSV. Adam said he was reformed! The rest of the ride to Walmart we talked about different things about the JP programming that we didn't agree with which lead into a conversation about our lives and how we grew up. I jokingly started calling him best friend last night, but after today, we are definitely best buds.
The entire staff this for week 4, I am already excited about seeing and working with. They have already sought out relationships with me and made me feel a part of the team. My final week at Macedonia, I felt like a third class citizen. Last week's staff made a point to refer to me as "intern" and only called me by name three or four times over the course of the week. I didn't feel respected or as if I was an equal to the weekly staffers; which made me all the more wary to come into this new week at Hunting Ridge. My CD this week is Anna who was my ACD 2 weeks ago, and Adam is my ACD this week. During my CD and ACD luncheon on Friday, I was tired and not really looking forward to another week if I was going to be treated the way I was in the week prior. This week is week 4, and week 4 is already going to be great. The staffers are treating me as equals and involving me. Making a point to have conversations with me, a welcomed change from Week 3! Needless to say, I am looking forward to this coming week at Hunting Ridge.
Grace UMC is one of the churches that is attending JP this week (my former church where most of my children are). Most of them I haven't seen in months and the second I saw them I was so excited. I knew they were coming, but I didn't realize how much I missed them all. I am so grateful they are here and I get to spend some time with the teenagers who helped me realize God's call in my life.
Today at King's Cross, one of our elders, Silas, gave the sermon. My church is currently working through a series called Busyness: Biblically reclaiming our days with focus and meaning, a series I thought very applicably for myself. Going on Week 4 away from my family, I am growing tired of my long days and restless nights. My heart aches for my family and to just spend a relaxing 48 hours at home, knowing I won't have to go back to a group room or shared shower space. Silas then gave a sermon on how we are not going to be the absolute best at anything, but how we need to be living for God's purpose. I was getting re-energized for to finish out my final 2 weeks at Jeremiah Project, when Silas even mentioned Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Hearing Silas speak on this topic, I started thinking about how I was starting to make my work at JP about me; when in reality, the work I am doing is not for me in the least. My work, not only at JP, but any work I do, is for the Lord. I serve my Father at every turn of my life, nothing in my life is really about me. I always worry about what God's plan for my life is and my favorite verse is Jeremiah 33:3, which I am starting to say as a prayer and a reminder more and more, "Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known." I have such difficulty trusting in His plan for my life. The last several months, I have had to hear His words to me in this verse. I have specifically prayed for guidance and peace in my future and what God holds for my life. To bring this full circle, Silas' message really energized me to finish my final 2 weeks on JP!
You can listen to the sermon below or find it on the King's Cross website by clicking here.
Thank you for all the love, support, and prayers! I love you all!!