First of all I would like to thank God for the amazing opportunity to serve and for your support and prayers while I was at Project 61. I am so happy I got to go to Project 61 this year! It was really nice to know that you were praying for our group all throughout the week.
The sports camp we put on for the kids was a great chance for them to learn about God and about different sports while having lots of fun! All during camp that week I had to get out of my comfort zone and do things I wasn’t necessarily comfortable and used to doing. When the kids very first arrived I was struggling with thoughts of what the kids would think of me. What if they didn’t like me? What if I didn’t know what to say? Or what if I said the wrong thing? But then God showed me I didn’t have time to worry about these needless things. I needed to push them all aside and remember I wasn’t there to impress them or to lift myself up; I was there to show them God’s greatness and love. Once I got that fact in my head, I was able to interact and love the kids much better.
As for my serving experience, it was wonderful!! It was very eye opening to see where most of the kids came from, their families, and backgrounds. God has blessed me with an amazing, loving, Christian family, a nice home, the best church, and a great life. I am so thankful I got to use all God has blessed me with to bless those less fortunate than me. I got to work with 5-6 year olds; they were so cute and funny! Although we did not get to talk with them one on one about God, I think by just loving them we were able to give them a glimpse of God and His wonderful love for them. You could tell they sought to be loved on and hugged!
I feel that besides serving the kids, God gave me another opportunity to show His love. On the very first day this little boy introduced himself to me; I said “hi” and told him my name in return. I did not think I would ever talk to this kid again. Little did I know he was going to be my little buddy the rest of the week! After being around him a day or so, it was evident why people weren’t drawn to him as he had a lot of extra energy. One day he told me I was the only friend he had at the camp, and this basically broke my heart! The rest of the week, I tried to be a good friend to him even when I would get a little annoyed. On the morning of the last day of camp I had a little extra time to spare before I went so I decided to read my Bible. As I was flipping through I stopped on Galatians 6:9-10 – “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” This was the perfect verse for me that day. Whenever I got tired of cheering the kids on, loving them, or just being a friend to someone, I would think of this verse and God would give me the strength and perseverance I was lacking!
To sum up what God has taught me this year at Project 61 would be hard because He taught me so much, from getting out of my comfort zone to loving others. I am so thankful that I got to go to Project 61 this year and I am looking forward to many more years of serving at this wonderful camp.