Saturday, July 12, 2008

It's Camp Time!!

My husband and I head off to youth camp Monday. We are crossing another bridge God has placed before us as we work and lead this youth ministry. Last year at camp with the youth proved to be as much of a blessing for us as the kids. We learned so much in working with them. The picture here is the bridge we cross from our cabins to the worship hall...a daily endeavor like my spiritual walk with Him!! All the pictures I am including are from last years camp.

We will be seperated as a couple this week to serve as cabin counselors (however will I sleep at night?!?!? Okay I had to whine just a little, sorry). We are now presenting two workshops:"Living with parents" and "Life in a Blender: Living in a stepfamily world". Satan has really been attacking us these last couple of weeks as we prepare for this...primarily in our role as parents in a stepfamily and in communicating with our own children. WE NEED PRAYER WITH THESE WORKSHOPS PLEASE!!

Our camp theme is "Shattered". Last night I received the cabin devo's. Usually I will spend the week before camp preparing in these but our camp leader's wife has just been diagnosed with a stage 4 cancer and has started treatment (please pray for them too!!) so I have chosen to trust God to provide in all this-but I will be honest I have had to fight off my need to know. It's the type A in me. As I looked through the topics last night fighting off the these need to know thoughts so that I could be prepared for these devotions, I am humbled. The topics for each day has been something God has been using in my own life leading up to this week. How great it is to know that God was preparing me for this time. How sweet it is to know I can enter this week fully trusting Him and allowing Him to lead...He already has proven Himself in this.

We need all the prayers you can send up for us this week. Please, please pray for us!! And also pray that every one of these youth will see God in a mighty way (especially our girls). Pray for my two younger girls who will be without me for a week-it will be hard on them and I! Pray that Joe and I will be able to nurture the boys and girls in our cabins towards a new or stronger relationship with our God.

No cell phones, no computer....just nature, God, and alot of crazy teenagers. I am excited!!

In Him~MrsJoeB


much2ponder said...

Sounds exhausting, but will be well worth it I'm sure. My husband did a lot of camp counseling over the years and we were always amazed by how things would be one way in the beginning of the week, but by the end, most every heart was tender and open to the Lord and one another. God is good! I'll be praying for the Lord to have his way. Amen? Amen!

Jill said...

Pray you have a wonderful week and the kids are impacted for eternity. May you take advantage of the opportunity God has given you to be a "true" role model!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Wow. Little did you know that God was already preparing you for the devotionals. Only, you did not have the notes but you had real life "preparation". That is so perfect, so God, so awesome.

I'm confident in your ability to reach the teenagers through Christ. He will give you all the strength you need. You can do all things through Him, Pam.


Sheryl said...

I am SO jealous. Not much I love more than hangin' with the youth. As you already, I've been praying and will continue to do so. What great things God will do in the lives of the kids and in you & Joe. Can't wait to hear.


skoots1mom said...

Praying for you this week...
Having been a senior high counselor for four years, I know what energy and self sacrifices you will be giving this week.
May your troubles be few and your "God" incidences be many.

Psalm 49:3
My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.

Yolanda said...

How awesome, a whole week away from technology, soaking in God! You, my friend, will come away so blessed with many GOD Stories!

Love ya,

LynnSC said...

Have a great week... sounds like God is planning an awesome "get away" for you and the youth. Soak Him up.


Nancy said...

Is that bridge as long as it looks? It looks like it goes on forever. What a beautiful thing.

We have vacations Bible school this week and I am being blessed by the children too.

Thanks for sharing.

Amy said...

Praying for you here in Crazyville!:)
God Bless,

Kelley said...

I am lifting you and your family up right now. My teens are at church camp this week and I want to tell you how much it means to me to have leaders that care so much about these kids! Your heart is so obviously filled with love for them and the LORD. Thank you Pam for making a HUGE difference in the lives of these families!!!

Love and Prayers,

Lelia Chealey said...

Hi Pamela!
I am praying for you & your loved ones. Seperation from your mate I think is so bittersweet. I was ready for a "break" but when Gene left I found myself very teary on Thursday afternoon. :)
I know you are going to touch lives next week.
Take lots of pictures so you can share with us.
Love ya,

Laura said...

I'm so excited for you guys! I'll be praying for you. I know God will bless these families through you and your husband.
These attacks that you have been undergoing just show that Satan is afraid! Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

I hope you have an awesome time! I'm positive you'll have some awesome stories to share when you come back. Sounds like great fun!

By the way, thanks for praying for me about the dad thing! He came, the trip was probably the nicest i've ever experienced thus far. I attribute that to your prayers and hopefully the softening of my father's heart (spiritually speaking). Thank you, thank you, thank you for your prayers it meant the world to me!

Love, Heather T

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