And that is a challenge.
Prayer would be good, not just for me, but for all of us counselors.
Counseling on the Island is the hardest thing that you can think of for ministry. But it is also the most rewarding. Kids come from all over, the city streets, smoking and drinking, from farms, dancing and partying, from pastors families, going through the motions and pretending. But they all leave with one thing. Knowing the love of Christ. No matter what your back ground is, you can find rest in Him.
And as a counselor, I will be dealing with all those different kids, different backgrounds, different situations at home, but my number one job is to love the Lord my God with all my strength, heart, mind and soul. It is ONLY then that I can do ANYTHING for God. I can be the "best" counselor and hate God, and accomplish nothing eternally; or I can be a "bad" counselor but love God and have miracles happen! Not that you have to be a "bad" counselor to get stuff done for God, but to put it into perspective.
This past two weeks we have gone through training courses, (first aid, counselor behavior, expectations) working on the Island as a unit (a group of guys or girls that through the summer will all counsel together) getting the camp ready for June 26th, and running through the rallies that we will be doing this summer.
It is a great time, but it is also really tiring. I am tired even now, and we don't officially start until tomorrow, when the campers first arrive!
It can be a really hard time, but if you trust God and really allow Him to work in your life, then He will do great things!
This summer is also really good, because my brothers have joined me on the Island, one is a boat boy, he past the test! And the other one will be working in the kitchen as food prep. Adele is also here in New York, but at the Ranch working as a Wrangler (working with horses). Pray for my parents, they are probably pretty lonely at home!
Until my next day off!