Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Happenings

Before the whole summer flies by, I want to give a quick update. I have some thoughts to share with you about transitioning, endings and beginnings, but for now facts will have to suffice J After a busy but successful finish to the school year, I returned home and enjoyed some much-needed down time with my family both immediate and church. Again I was amazed with the love and support of those supporting me. It was truly a joy to share about the ministry of BFA with everyone at home. I was privileged to share about BFA with my church family and I have to admit that I was a bit nervous. I knew that they were excited to hear about it, but BFA is a new ministry to my church family. I wanted to give an accurate picture of life there, so they could understand and know better how to pray. God was so good, and through showing lots of pictures and stories about the guys and our interactions, I think that they have a clearer picture, and one that can be built upon in the future.

After a few weeks at home, my family and I drove up to NY where we are involved at the Csehy Summer School of Music. Csehy (pronounced “Chay-hee”) is a small Christian music camp which lasts for a little over a month in the summer. My parents were involved with the camp when they were newly married and for much of my life it has been a tradition to return. I was a camper for several years, and am in my fifth year as a counselor. Some would say that it would be wiser to move on to other possibilities, to use summer another way, to rest, relax. For me, returning to Csehy is a sort of home-coming. The people here, faculty, staff, and students, are like family to me. They have mentored and walked with me since I first came as a young teenager. God has used them in my life, and some very formative decisions in recent years have been made here. I know that because of the people here, I will be closer to God when I leave than I was when I came. The campers this year are fantastic. They are learning, growing, and struggling. Many of them are asking questions and actively seeking answers from Scripture. We are in the middle of our second week here, and I’ve already had numerous conversations with campers about everything, from life, to forgiveness, to confrontation, and everything in between. It means so much that they would share their hearts with me, and I can’t wait to see what God will do in their lives in the future.

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