Widji Staff 2015The Widji summer staff met yesterday (Sunday morning, September 6th) for our last time together.

I shared from My Utmost for His Highest about the living waters that can flow out of us in Christ. A river reaches places which its source never knows. And Jesus said that, if we have received His fullness, “rivers of living water” will flow out of us, reaching in blessing even “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8) regardless of how small the visible effects of our lives may appear to be. We have nothing to do with the outflow— “This is the work of God, that you believe…” (John 6:29). God rarely allows a person to see how great a blessing he is to others. A river is victoriously persistent, overcoming all barriers.

We talked about what lessons we had learned from God for from the summer. Here is what they had to say.

1. Power of prayer
2. Patience
3. Patience & humility
4. Not taking things for granted after hearing a camper’s story
5. Both eyes open, listened to camper’s story, understand where they come from
6. Campers come back (some on staff) great to see how they have grown up, how much camp did for them
7. Seeing SALTers want more from God inspires, grateful to come to camp
8. Patience & prayer; in not always just asking for stuff; thanking God for answered prayer and what’s true
9. Watching changes in SALTers growth, all that God has done
10. Learned to open up personally to others, it’s valuable to seek other’s input
11. Pride impacts the way we serve, how to continuously love those who are hard to love and in the hard times
12. At Easter decided Bible wasn’t Word of God, learned the importance of God’s Word this summer
13. To trust God with everything, has seen prayer work, to pray for others, saw God revealed this summer
14. To see stuff that happens as parts to work for His glory, trust God! not my own understanding
15. Pride is bad & patience
16. A friend asked, have you thanked God that His plans are good for you? God at work in him even if he doesn’t understand it fully
17. Was asked how to use a Bible and got to show a camper
18. Hard to show non-christian friends who God is, the best way is to act Christ’s life
19. Patience
20. About prayer, more than just at meals & bedtime, prayer helps!
21. Listened to camper’s trials, camper said she would still love her friend
22. To humble myself, thought he could handle anything, knocked down a few times and learned from it
23. The little things are the big things, like talking to a camper because they don’t get attention from others in their lives, spend the time
24. Why she believes what she believes being around non-Christians this summer and having to give a reason
25. To trust and rely on God, pray about the big and little things
26. Now has 100% in his faith, God has surrounded him with good people
27. God is so not limited by us, when He wants to move there’s nothing we can do to stop it
28. Celebrate the trials and challenges to grow closer to God
29. Thankful for honor to be at camp; it’s great to learn theology, but head info doesn’t make us faithful in ministry, it’s Christ himself ; sees his own limits
30. Even though kids from sponsorship weeks can be difficult, they deserve love and service with a smile & focus on having a positive week; also to deal with his pride
31. Learned a lot about God, He’s there is the tough times and how to live for Him
32. Don’t rely on self, had hard weeks with campers; after a serious campfire, a camper wanted to talk & asked God for words and He did, ask Him to give you the words to speak about Him
33. A crisis of trust; first we have to trust God, then He will act

I finished off by reading Joshua 1:1-10 and encouraged them to be strong and courageous. Don’t let your service finish here. You have been given great responsibility this summer. You ARE the church, go bless people!

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