My summer at LFR has been filled with so much. I have learned a lot about myself and my relationship with Christ. I started out the summer thinking I would be here for six camps and ended up staying for the entirety of the twelve. I am so thankful that God allowed me to stay and be a part of workstaff. As a tribe leader I had so much fun pouring into the little seven and eight year olds. I learned to have lots of patience and to trust in the Lord to give me strength, because without him I would not have been able to do it. When I switched from tribe to workstaff, I was able to work hard, but also was able to be poured into constantly.
During the weeks leading up to camp, I started to worry about how people would feel about a fifteen year old being on staff. My age ended up not defining who I was at all. I understood that I didn’t have as much life experience as others and I was able to use that as a way to learn from others. I had always known that God had granted me the gift of maturity at a young age and I am so thankful that I was able to be treated not as a number, but as a brother in Christ by many of the other people on staff.
The relationships I formed this summer have been so good. I cannot put into words the amount of knowledge that I have been able to gather from all of these amazing people on staff. I learned that I am my own person in Christ and that as long as I am living my life for Him, I do not necessarily need everyone to like me. I also learned that it is ok to not be ok. God has given us people that we can lean on when we are weak. I am so inexpressibly thankful for this summer at Lake Forest Ranch and the relationships that I have formed.