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WSC for Communities – Girl World

“I taught Girl World as a skill and one of my Safari campers was deaf. She loved being in Girl World and wanted to do everything from making tutus to painting her nails. She bought in quickly and loved being a princess of the King of Kings. On Salon Day, I have the girls fill out a card that says “I have a beautiful _____.” They filled in something they think is beautiful about them. Later I went back and wrote more on their cards. On Friday in front of all the girls, families and friends I handed back their cards and they read it out loud to the group. When it was her turn, she stood confidently and signed what was written on her card: “I have beautiful hair, and a beautiful heart. I am a daughter of the King.” Tears came to my eyes as well as her mom’s eyes and all the volunteers. It was the most beautiful reading I had seen all summer. I realized then how important the truths we taught in Girl World were, and why telling these little girls that they are beautiful and loved by God is so important.”

WSC for Communities – Wacky Science

“On Tuesday at the end of Wacky Science skill I led my Devo with my campers, and we talked about the effects of sin by using Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” I went over that only perfection can get into heaven, so without having God on the throne of our heart, no one can go to heaven. Immediately after, I had an Ocean camper talk to me one-on-one and want to ask God to be his King. This was so amazing because all of this happened on Tuesday before we even did our formal Gospel presentation on Wednesday. This will be something I will never forget because it was the first time I had opportunity to be a part of a camper making his decision of faith before. It was also the first time I had a salvation because of my Wacky Science devotion. It reminded me that every single day is a Gospel-centered day, and that we have the joy to share God’s love with these campers in every interaction we have with them.”

WSC for Communities – Chick-Fil-A Friday Family Fun Day

“There was a Safari camper that I had just randomly talked to at various times throughout the week, so on Chick-fil-A Friday Family Fun Day, I decided to sit with him and his family for lunch. He was an incredible camper and had so much wisdom as a ten year old about the Lord and the Bible. While we were talking with his family I asked him what he learned during this week, and he said, “Well, I know a lot about the Bible.” I said, “Okay, well what is something the Lord taught you this week that was new, or something you needed to apply to your life?” I had never so bluntly asked a camper what God was teaching them, and it was so incredible to hear what he had to say. He said, “Well, the Lord is really teaching me a lot about my pride and working on me with that.” I then started to share with him how I was going through the same thing and how I was realizing how little things I think or do, stem from a deep root of pride. Then his dad chimed in and talked about how pride is so crazy because it’s the root of most of our sins and all because of one decision made with Adam and Eve. All three of us talked about it for a solid ten minutes, and it was incredible. Personally, this rocked my world because I have always loved Chick-fil-A Friday Family Fun Days and talking to parents; but to have three “generations,” an adult, a young adult, and a camper all talking about pride and what the Lord was teaching us was true community. That’s what this is all about.

WSC for Communities – Team Time

“I was blessed to have this camper in my team time. He came from a broken home and so he was given a camp scholarship and shuttled to camp everyday by his foster home. I immediately connected with him as it was evident that he loved people, he had a great sense of humor, and he wasn’t afraid to ask questions, especially on Wednesday when I presented the Gospel to him. I was saddened to hear that he had not received God’s gift of eternal life and he did not want to talk to anyone about it. The next day, with hope reawakened, I asked him if he did want to talk to someone about making a decision, because he said he had changed his mind. “Yes!” he answered. Overjoyed, I directed him to a volunteer who was able to lead him to Christ. It was amazing to see this camper, who had already experienced so much pain in his life, come to Jesus and be assured that he will never ever again be alone or forsaken. Before he left camp on Friday, he thanked me and told me that he loved me. He went on to say that the WinShape Bible he received at camp was the greatest thing he ever owned. Moments like those prove that the Gospel is alive and that the unfailing love of Jesus Christ is evident. I am so very blessed to say that this camper is my new brother in Christ.”

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