"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But, let him ask in faith, nothing wavering, For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." James 1:5-6
- My friend Neomi who was there did a remarkable service for me. She contacted all 6 of my children, 5 of my grandchildren and talked to my husband and had them write me letters! She gave me some each day while we were at camp. (In other words, she made me cry everyday!) I will cherish those letters for the rest of my life!
- We had some really awesome wilderness survival people at camp who taught so well that the girls were completely mesmerized at every class I witnessed. We all learned new skills.
- The girls had no cell service or electronics. They interacted with each other and with nature in a way that city girls ever get a chance to do! It was awesome. There was a creek running through camp from which many crawdads were captured!
- There were wonderful spiritual experiences throughout the week for everyone, besides my own personal answers to prayer. One of my favorite moments was listening to my group of girls leading the rest of the camp in hymns as we prepared for a spiritual trek through the forest. They sounded beautiful and as we were the last group to leave on the trek, they told me about special memories that they have had with some of those hymns that we had sung. I felt honored to be with them at that moment. Then the trek itself was so great, as we trekked and stopped at sites where people portrayed characters from the scriptures and history who had faith in prayer and the answers they received. I was amazed by it all and so touched by the Spirit.
- In our church, we address one another as "Sister". So, as I served in this assignment over these 16-18 year old girls, I grew to love them so much and every time they needed something, they would call, "Sister Reynolds?" And I just loved to hear them call me like that and know that they were trusting me to help them. It made me remember two things. 1st: We come to love who we serve. 2nd: Our Heavenly Father loves for us to call on him.
- The food was really, really good. There wasn't even a kitchen so our cooks had to use grills, camp stoves and all kinds of improvised ways of cooking and they did a fantastic job! What an act of service on their parts.
Even if you don't have the opportunity to go to a church camp like I have, there are a lot of lessons to learn by being in the great outdoors and by turning our thoughts to our Heavenly Father who blessed us with the beauties of this earth. I hope you can take the time to get out in it, turn off the electronics and just commune with the Spirit and with your loved ones and remember what is really important in life!
P.S. The camp bags I made were a hit!