The camps are completely run by Kenyan pastors and teachers (who take on the role of directors and counselors), and we were able to spend time at each of the five camps on the island sharing our testimonies, speaking about the theme, and encouraging the teachers.
God used a summer camp ministry back home in Raleigh to completely change Emily and I's lives and draw us to Himself, so we were incredibly thankful to have the opportunity to participate in a similar ministry in Kenya as well.
Emily wrote about all that God has taught her through this journey and as she read her words to me last night, I was almost in tears. I'm so proud to call her my best friend and I'm thankful to have experienced everyday with her. Here you go:
"Like most high school seniors, I found myself faced with the question of 'What comes next?'. College seemed like the obvious choice, but it did not feel right to me. As I spent the summer after graduation praying about what God would have me do, a reoccuring theme began to emerge: give Jesus to others. He opened doors for an opportunity to serve Him in missions abroad on a full time basis through an internship with Bayleaf Baptist Church. The beauty of His provision and timing proved perfect. My first year after graduation was spent in training through various jobs, Bible studies, short term mission trips, and opportunities to share Christ with friends and campers while on Summer Staff at New Life Camp. I came to truly understand the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and the blessing in having a relationship with Him.
As a group of the girls we bonded with sang to us on our last day on the island, "We say goodbye, but not forever. We know that one day we shall meet once again." I'm so excited to go home to America tomorrow and I will be excited to return to Kenya in February. However, I am mostly excited for the day when all Christians of every age and every country are united forever to worship our Savior. I am excited for the day when I get to live with all my Kenyan AND American brothers and sisters in a perfect place in the presence of our Lord. I'm excited to look at these sweet Kenyan campers and say hello.