To me, Camp Widjiitiwin has always been home; it is a source of comfort, reliability, honesty and a place for growth. Growing up at a trailer in Muskoka Bible Centre, I have been able to see camp change over time and always admired the staff that have worked there over the years. In 2015, I participated in the 3-week SALT program, and from that summer forward I have been happily serving on the staff team. The amount of love that I have for this camp and the ministry is unexplainable. Camp Widjiitiwin is a fundamental part of my life and testimony. Each year I am exposed to a new way of loving Jesus and understanding His love from me. I am extremely thankful for the friendships that God has placed in my life at camp. I know these friendships will last a lifetime. The camp community has increased my understanding and love for God. It has increased my passion for ministry and has given me confidence in trusting God’s goodness—even when it’s hard. I have seen God take crazy situations that I never thought I could overcome and turn them into something beautiful for His glory.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I have learned how vital community is.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “let us consider how to stir up one another in love and works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day draw near.”
I don’t know about you, but being at home a lot this year has felt pretty lonely. I miss going to church every Sunday and being in the community with my friends and family. This verse reminds me to love those around me and check in on those who have made an impact in my life. Even though we cannot be in a physical community right now, loving one another is essential now for us as we wait for the days we can be with each other again.
For the past 2 summers, Widjiitiwin has not been able to function the way it has in the past. I was able to serve on the Widjiitiwin team during e-camp 2020, and I’m here again this summer. As I wait on the beginning of summer, the property, which is usually filled with joyful, energetic campers, is now much quieter. My heart aches to see camp filled once again with campers and staff. I am looking forward to the day that camp can be a big community again—and a place of joy and belonging. Until then, I pray for the hearts of those campers and staff that are longing to be back at Camp Widjiitiwin. I rejoice in the goodness of God as he has allowed the camp to stay open the past 2 summers, but I am looking forward to seeing the fields full of campers one day soon.
Remember, you are loved and the staff at Camp Widjiitiwin miss you all dearly. Do not lose contact with the community of Christian believers around you. Maintaining connection and building a community in love is vital for the Christian faith.