Here to Serve Christ
a Guest Blog by Fiber
Going into the summer of 2021, many unknowns made the next 10 weeks seem fairly daunting. Having grown up at Camp Widjiitiwin, hearing that our camp would not be able to run with campers this year due to COVID-19 was heartbreaking. That being said, seeing how God has used all of us here on staff under these circumstances has been an experience that I will never forget.
One of the primary things that Camp Widjiitiwin offered this summer was a chance for families to come and stay on-site. They were able to participate in adventures like rock climbing, archery, RC car racing, and much more! Due to these unique experiences, parents and children who might have been hesitant about Camp Widjiitiwin’s regular overnight camp were able to experience camp together. Seeing the growth in people, not only individually, but also as a family has been so encouraging this summer.
Throughout the eight weeks that we have been at camp so far, seeing each of our staff member’s strong hearts and will to serve God has been an incredible refresher of why we are here.
From tarping a leaking roof, to working as a team and picking up responsibilities when people are down, the Widjiitiwin staff has been willing to take anything thrown at them. In Mark 8:34, as Jesus is traveling with his disciples he speaks to a crowd and says; “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me”. This verse has been a good reminder this summer as to how everyone, whether they are here at camp, or on an adventure at home, we are here to serve Christ.
One of the highlights of my time here at Camp Widjiitiwin was getting the opportunity to go to Camp Capstone on August 19th. On a regular year, Capstone Bible Church was one of the partnership groups that would come to camp for a week. Because of COVID, this wasn’t able to happen, but God provided an opportunity for Widjiitiwin staff to travel and bring camp to Capstone! After a quieter summer, this year where we didn’t get to watch the campers learn and grow throughout the weeks, going to Capstone was like a light at the end of a tunnel. Seeing the campers from past years, and possible new campers for next year, was a reminder of how special camp really is that we get to impact all of these lives.
At Capstone, we had the chance to do Widjiitiwin classics such as the games Chaos and Widjiitiwin basketball, and we had a silly campfire. The staff were able to sit in on the huddle groups after chapel, where we got to talk more in-depth about trusting in God with the campers.
All of these experiences this summer at Widjiitiwin have reminded me so much of God’s love for us. I think that knowing the power of God’s love is so important, especially when seeking to share it with others. A good reminder of how to love others for me this summer has been 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” Although the camp was not able to run as it has in the past, God still provided for us and gave us the chance to reach out to children and their families to show His love.
Over the eight summers I have been at Camp Widjiitiwin, both as a camper and as staff, even today, God never fails to show me ways to grow in my faith, and share it with others here. This summer, God has guided me through many tests and trials, but more importantly, He has shown me the importance of the mission we have here at Camp Widjiitiwin. We are ambassadors for Christ, and through God, we are here to reach into the lives of the campers that come and introduce them to a life they may have never known otherwise.