Oi’s Camp Widjiitiwin Testimony
Camp came into my life in a time that I was really struggling. When I moved from Australia I was very angry and bitter towards my father and towards God. The friendship group that I was involved in was unhealthy and left me lonely. I was that lukewarm Christian kid who went to church on a Sunday and youth on a Friday then lived my life completely contrary to the Gospel throughout the week.
I came to camp as a volunteer through Capstone Community Bible Church for a week and was thrown into the deep end as a cabin leader, not really knowing what that meant, what my role was or how camp even worked. However as an energetic and loud teenage boy I instantly fell in love with the constant sports and activities, the silly campfires and the freedom to get dirty and to be loud. But even more so the chapel services, testimony times, worship nights, staff devotions, Bible studies, cabin devotions, one on one time with mature Christians and the opportunity to share the Gospel to campers.
I left my first two summers at camp as a volunteer with the understanding that God works all things for the good of those who love Him as it says in Romans 8:28. God revealed to me He had a plan and purpose for me here in Canada that I wasn’t alone in this walk despite losing my church family in Australia.
After those weeks going into grade 12 at school I had a plan to get my act together. First off I knew that I was 1000% coming back to camp the following summer, I was going to become more involved at youth and church, I was going to cut off those friends who were leading my astray, I was going to study hard, get into a good business school and eventually provide for myself and my family. But isn’t it crazy how God’s plan is exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever hope and imagine as it says in Ephesians 3:20.
So I came back to summer in 2018, as a SALT cabin leader for half the summer, then when it ended as a regular cabin leader. God completely flipped my plans. He revealed to me that I am most satisfied in life when I chase after Him with everything that I have and when I share the Gospel to the people around me, when I build up and disciple the next generation. He was teaching me as it says in Psalm 73:26, that my flesh and my heart may fail, but He is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. I learnt that in Matthew 6:33 to seek first the kingdom of God and all these things (clothing, food etc.) will be added unto you. In essence, I knew that God was calling me to do ministry and wanted me to trust in Him to provide for me, to no longer rely on my own strength and to trust wholly and fully in Him.
So I came home from the summer, dropped out of the Schulich School of Business, and within days He provided me with a job, and then a couple weeks later He provided me with an Internship running Senior and Junior High ministries at my church, with many of the youth involved at camp.
So I am back yet again, this time, by God’s grace to be the guys chief cabin leader. God has granted me the opportunity to mentor, guide and empower the cabin leaders that they may experience Him and this camp the way that I have and that they may plant Gospel seeds amongst the campers.
Jesus Christ has truly turned my life around through Camp Widjiitiwin. I am but one of the hundreds of staff and campers that camp has met God here at Camp Widjiitiwin. This is truly His camp and I am humbled to be a part of it, to be called a worker in His kingdom.