My story begins in a south-eastern city at the border of Quebec/Maine (St-George de Beauce, Que.), where my father was the pastor of the local Baptist church.
In the late 70’s, my family would vacation at MBC and this is how I first heard of Camp Widjiitiwin. I already had multiple camp experiences in Quebec in my native language, where I committed my life to Christ at the age of 5. My parents, always encouraging us to be independent and thought it would be a good idea for my sister and I to attend Camp Widjiitiwin. Being solely francophone, this was a true adventure for my sister and I… and our poor counsellors! Even though there was a language barrier, our week at camp was memorable – we never felt that we were not included in any activities or groups and we loved it so much that we came back the following year and brought along a church friend.
The Lord led my father to start a new church plant on the south shore of Montreal where I had the opportunity to do my entire high school years in English. I then felt more equipped to serve at Camp Widjiitiwin and was positioned in the kitchen for 2 years before becoming counsellor in my final year.
I made many great friendships over the 3 years at camp. One in particular was my kitchen mate. We became friends at the beginning of my first summer and quickly developed a very strong bond. Interesting enough, I found out years later that her parents offered my parents lodging in their home while visiting their church for financial support in the 60’s. Our parents were friends without our knowledge! I eventually made the move to Ontario where our friendship has continued well into our adult years starting with being bridesmaids in each other’s wedding.
Although we live a distance away from each other, I thank God for bringing her into my life. I consider her friendship a gift from God that picks up again as soon as we see each other, as though no time has passed.
I’m forever grateful for my time spent at Camp Widjiitiwin, the name alone well describes my camp experience… “FELLOWSHIP” with God and others.
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9