During the summer camping programs, 4.12 students serve in a variety of crucial roles. Student-led work crews help with many behind the scenes jobs and help keep the facility and programs running well. This includes weeding flower beds, serving tables, cleaning bathrooms, and of course, washing dishes! Not only do 4.12 students learn many practical life skills, they are also challenged to grow in their relationship with Jesus!
After their duties are finished and the dishes are washed, students gather each afternoon to spend the first part of their afternoon break studying God’s Word together! This time is often led by an upper-level student who chooses a portion of Scripture to read, followed by discussion and prayer. However, as the summer goes on, younger students will sometimes ask or be challenged to teach too.
One particular afternoon stands out to me. A first-year 4.12 student named Violet was challenged by an older student named Leah. Violet was asked to teach 15 of her peers a portion of Scripture she was memorizing. Although she was nervous, she willingly taught. Violet shared later that it was one of the best challenges she had ever received in her faith. While she admitted it hadn’t gone perfectly, she had become more comfortable leading others to memorize God’s Word.
The value of serving within a Christian community is so evident in the lives of the 4.12 students. Seeing students push one another towards Christ is powerful. Students like Violet and Leah are only one example of how God works in the lives of those serving at camp! Please pray for the 4.12 students as they return to school that they would continue to have courage to lead others towards Jesus.