Why Widji is a great question. Why not? Or why not another place or job? I’ve always said whatever job I had needed to have a greater purpose. Maybe you’re like that too. Widji does!! 
In some ways we all have our own reason for coming to camp.
  1. Some grew up here a week at a time. 
  2. Maybe you’ve always come to Widji so it’s a natural progression to work here. 
  3. Some come to meet boys or girls
  4. For some this is your yearly dose of authentic church
  5. Some feel God led them here or called them here, though you may not be quite sure what that means
  6. You want to finally cabin lead or lead SALT or be on the leadership team or have some other unfinished work to do here 
  7. Or you feel called to ft time ministry or missions, again, not quite knowing what that looks like
  8. You’re all on a journey in your faith and being at camp is a good place to discover the next destination many want to give back in the way they were poured into as a camper or SALTer
  9. Some are here for the community, that feeling of ohana, family! 
  10. Or something else… 
I came in the fall of 2007 as a fixer. It needed a lot of work to bring it back to what it needed to be, used to be. It had 5 years of downward campers trends. We were in save it mode. It needed paint and repairs and sports equipment and staff that were here for the campers. It needed to be one team. 
Heyoo came for a cause after I invited him to a meeting with our Ignite partners. He saw a vision bigger than other places he’s been. Bigger than him. Bigger than me too. 
In 1930 two churches started Muskoka Baptist Camp with the complaint that youth and young adults needed a place to hear the Word of God taught, clearly. 
What we do here is different. We don’t have the biggest toys. We do have some of the biggest hearts and great people. Over half our summer is given over to our Ignite partnership camps. Working with kids and youth from at risk and marginalized communities. They’re a different camper than usual. They use words we didn’t used to hear at camp.
These started in 2009 as a way to get more campers. A that time I had no idea what God was about to do. He took two guys (Beef & Moose) from very different worlds and 30 campers from the Malvern neighbourhood, working with Toronto Police, 42 Division to camp.
  • And that week got big so we reached out to a church in Hamilton
  • Then Guelph
  • Then Etobicoke
  • Then North York 
These weren’t my ideas. It’s not my vision. It’s God’s vision. We went from annual donations of about $5,000 to $6,000 to over $200,000 this summer. 
It has changed camp. It has changed my heart for kids from hard places. It has changed the kind of staff we need. It has changed what we do. But not at the core. We will always focus on the Bible as our guide, for cabin devos and opening our day in prayer and God’s word. We’re known for morning monkey’s and words of wisdom. We’re known for all camp games, for cheering at everything, and for lots of other traditions. 
Turns out, it wasn’t my vision. It still isn’t. It all belongs to God. I am a steward of this ministry and He allows me, and you, to take part in it. 
No matter the reason you’re here, God can use your availability to accomplish his purpose. We’re not here by mistake. You were created to do good works. 
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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