I got called out for sounding like a “support letter” when I wrote an e-mail to my Taylor friends about what has been happening at Day Camps this summer. I’m struggling with how to describe it effectively. How do you capture a summer of God-breathed moments into words?
Someone else was able to capture a moment and send it to my inbox today. Check out the story below about my brother, Jonathan (a counselor on my team) and the impact he has had on the life of child from inner city Grand Rapids!
When I went to Burton afterwards, “Manuel” was still there and his counselor, Jonathon, was wrestling with him, teasing him, hugging him….all the things a kid should be doing with a dad. This kid was laughing like I had never seen. “Manuel” is one of our high focus kids at Burton with a ton of difficult home life issues. How thrilling to see him being loved on and having such a good time.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, April, for working so hard to get our Burton kids to SpringHill Camps this summer. No doubt every minute was worth it and our time was spent as God wanted us to. Please pass this gratitude along to each one of your staff members. It’s obvious they have huge hearts for bringing the love of Jesus to these kids. They were truly phenomenal!
I read the full e-mail to my staff this evening. Later, while we were planning dinner for the next few nights, Natalie and Naomi (counselors) approached me. I thought they were going to have special food requests, but their only plea was that we eat as cheaply as possible the next few nights so that we could free up more money for scholarships. They had realized when I was paying for dinner tonight (Panera for 20- the only time we have “eaten out” all summer) that the cost of our food was almost enough to fully scholarship a kid to camp.
Wow. I continue to be in awe of this experience and this team the Lord has entrusted to me.
And lest this sound like a support letter, let me tell you that I am exhausted with the responsibility of it all (and especially my expense reports). 🙂