For the past four summers, campers have known me as “Rhino”, and staffs have known me as “Aunna” and you can call me whichever you want! I have this awesome chance to write a blog about who I am through Camp Widjiitiwin and what my upcoming year looks like and how this amazing camp has played a huge role in my life.

Camp has been one of the most influential places in my life, spiritually, mentally and of course physically. In a past blog I wrote about my experience in the salt program during the summer of 2013. The three summers after that, I had the chance to spend two full summers cabin leading, and my most recent summer was spent on the leadership team as Sports Area Head. This past summer, I had the opportunity to take a step back from the amazing chaos camp is and really focus on my spiritual journey and find places I needed to get stronger in. I had time to read my bible and make my relationship with God even stronger, and through that I had a very strong sense that I needed to do more with my life! Throughout the summer I had the chance to focus on building relationships with other staff that are based on Christ and fueled through talking and listening. I met some amazing people who showed me God’s love but also showed my how to love like God loves us; unconditionally and eternally. Since then I have been practicing that trying my best to be a light in my community.

Starting January 7th of 2017 I will be taking part in a discipleship training school located in Maui, Hawaii for a grand total of 6 months. I have never felt so sure of something so big in my life, and have been overwhelmed by the support from friends and especially my family. I will be spending three months in Maui where each week will be a different topic and each day will be spent with lectures and workshops. We go deep into what the bible contains and how to put the amazing things God said to use and to heart. The three months after that are spent doing outreach. Putting what I learned in Maui to use and show God’s love in some of the poorest countries. God has never made something so obvious with what I need to do with my life. Through having the funds I need before even flying out, to blessing me with an amazing support group that is already praying for me.

Camp Widjiitiwin showed me what being a true Christian is and how to spread God’s love even in the little things. For the past four summers, God has been preparing me for this and in 4 days I’ll be in Maui and starting this amazing journey. I just want to say a huge thank you to the camp, the director and assistant director for showing me that being a Christian can be fun and full of adventures. Without this camp I don’t know if I would have made this decision and that scares me. But, I am and I have never been so excited for something, and I hope as you read this you feel lead to strengthen your own faith no matter what chapter of life you’re on.

See you in June Canada and I hope you’re filled with God’s love and eternal mercy!

Rhino

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