What does it mean to be a servant leader and how is that modeled? CDA student Fisher Koons shares his story of how he learned to depend on God this summer and believe that He doesn't make mistakes.
This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to serve as a counselor at a summer camp called Camp Blessing. Camp Blessing is a faith-based summer camp for individuals with all types of special needs. This camp allows these kids and adults to do things that they normally cannot physically do, such as zip lining, horseback riding, and archery. There is an unexplainable love at this camp, and it is one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced. Numerous CDA students serve at Camp Blessing and have been for several years. I learned about Camp Blessing through them and immediately wanted to volunteer after hearing stories about all of the fun they had with their campers.
Camp Blessing is a phenomenal way to serve, get outside of your comfort zone, and glorify God while having a blast at the same time. Serving at Camp Blessing is a huge commitment and responsibility because you have to care for another person for a week, but let me tell you, it is well worth it. Matthew 25:40 says, "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me'."
During my week at Camp Blessing, I had the privilege to serve a man named Omar. He was not only my camper for the week, but he was my friend. We did absolutely everything together, and it was beyond humbling to see what he goes through every single day. Taking care of someone who cannot care for themselves taught me to be humble, gentle, responsible, kind, and dependable. All week, I had to completely rely on The Lord and not lean on my own understanding. From day one, it was obvious that God had paired me perfectly with Omar.
When his parents were dropping him off, I had a conversation with his mother about different things that would help me throughout the week. I asked her if there were any specific things that Omar loves or that I could use to calm him down in the case of a meltdown. She told me that he absolutely loves music especially the guitar. What's funny is that I was the only counselor in the camp to bring a guitar. God doesn't make mistakes.
I will never forget the week I had with Omar, and I will always be grateful for all that I learned. Whether it was getting down with Omar at the dance party or praying over him before he went to bed, I loved every minute of it. Camp Blessing is always short on barnstormers (13-15 years old) and counselors (16-26 years old), so if you are interested, please don't hesitate to talk to someone who has been before. Before I arrived, I was scared and nervous, but the staff there taught me everything I needed to know and prepared me for every situation. Camp Blessing is a wonderful ministry that cares for the least of these with love, and taking part in that is a beautiful thing.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to my story!