Being on Workstaff has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Between the community of my fellow Workstaffers, and the hard work of setting up for meals, I got a chance to see what God can do in your life when you are completely empty both emotionally and physically. I had the pleasure of being the ministry partner for Jacob Talazac, getting to know him, not only as a co-worker, but as a close friend taught me so much about how much people actually love you when you are at your worst. It gave me understanding that when you are at the end of your rope, God starts to work in your life.
Working with children from helping them get on the tube when they are crying out of fear, to encouraging a camper that they can climb the rock wall when they believe they can’t, would normally cause me some frustration. But in the back of my mind I felt like I should show the same love to them as Christ has shown me. Back home Christ was usually something I knew a lot about, but never had the intimate relationship with Him that I knew I should. It wasn’t until I came here that I realized that when Jesus said it is finished, He meant every word of it! We no longer have to “earn” His forgiveness, we no longer have to be depressed about the current events in our lives, but we can choose to have joy in our lives and when we stumble He is always there to get us on the right track. Something one of my managers said to me was, “Never think that it’s not okay to share what your struggles are.” Little did she know how much that impacted me and how I think about myself and my thoughts about keeping them internal.
Working at Lake Forest has definitely changed the way I worship, pray and love others… it is an experience I wouldn’t change for the world.