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laura beth clark

workstaff / kitchen assistant

Wow, this summer was filled with laughs, smiles, tears, and a whole lot of other emotions I can’t even describe.  I originally was a first half volunteer workstaffer, but that changed when I realized I didn’t want to leave behind all the wonderful people on staff.  Since I live in Macon and go to the same church as the Halls, I was bound to have a good relationship with the Hall family.  This means I was comfortable asking Nick if I could come back second half. I thought I could just ask to come back as workstaff and volunteer again, which means I wouldn’t be a ministry partner and I wouldn’t get paid. I was okay with not being a ministry partner even though I loved being a ministry partner with Claire and building amazing relationships with campers.  The only thing that was an underlying issue was me not getting paid, mainly because my parents have been pushing me to have a paying job.  Even with this problem, I knew I was supposed to be at Lake Forest Ranch the rest of the summer for one reason, I felt that God was telling me to stay. So, I asked Nick if I could volunteer for the upcoming half. At first, his reply was, “I don’t know if we will have a bed, but let me talk to Rich and see what we can do.” This wasn’t promising, but it was hopeful. The next day I was walking to my post and Nick stopped me.  The words that came out of his mouth made me the happiest person, “I talked with Rich and we were wondering if you would like to be a cook? We would pay you since support staff jobs are a little different…” I was smiling from ear to ear. This solved literally everything. I was truly astonished at how God came through and saw what I needed and provided for me, which honestly I shouldn’t have astonished me because our God is so awesome!