Summer Staff – Session 1 at Windy Gap – May 25th through June 16th
Those three seemingly long but crazy-short weeks were three of the greatest in my life. The mountains of North Carolina are exemplified and epitomized within the confines of the Young Life camp called Windy Gap in the town of Weaverville where I served as an a.m. cook. Few words can be used to describe the many amazing experiences I had and the many extraordinary people I met. A little over halfway through the three weeks, through those experiences and people, I realized what God was trying to teach me: the crazy immense power He has over literally everything. I realized that one morning at 5:30am sitting on top of the hill (first one below) looking over camp while watching the clouds billow over fast because they were almost at eye level. I just sat there on the mountain and watched Him control the majestic cloud. Like I said, it’s hard to describe in words but something just “clicked” for me. His power and authority over everything, over all of nature, over angels, over demons, over galaxies, and over us as His children and us who have gone astray and every little thing that goes on in our lives. All of that leads to more teachings that would take days to explain. That is what He pierced my heart with.
I couldn’t be more thankful for the atmosphere within the kitchen caused by the handpicked people; the joy, the intimacy, the pursuit of not only Jesus but also each other, the service of each other for each other for Jesus, the abundant encouragement, the blessed conversations, their life stories, the jam seshs, the constant 95-degree heat, the awesome southern accents, the odd frequent use of the word “y’all” (which struck me because I’m from NE Ohio), and so much more that made me want to spend eternity with them with Jesus in Heaven. I couldn’t be more thankful and blessed for the genuineness, sincerity, full life, true love, and their heart of a servitude that I noticed so easily within the rest of the Summer Staff crew as well. We were all handpicked for a reason. We all got to witness God transforming not only the hearts of campers of whom we were serving, but each other as well. All because of the crazy love of Jesus. Thank you.