Orientation Reflections.

This weekend I went to summer missions orientation for sendmenow.  I didn’t really know what to expect, but I have to say that it was pretty awesome.  What’s not to love about a weekend filled with worship, God, and a whole bunch of other summer missionaries? …Sleeping on a hard floor is what, but I can  get over one downside.

My favorite part was getting to meet and get to know six of my coworkers for this summer (although getting flashed by an old man on the way home was a close second.  Yes, that really happened).  I can already tell that they’re all pretty awesome.  I’m already excited about working with them for six weeks.

I also got to learn a few things about Camp Hawkins that I didn’t already know.  All of them are making me even more excited than I already was.

1. We eat about every two hours.  Yep.  Breakfast, then a morning snack, then lunch, then an afternoon snack, then dinner, then a bedtime snack.  That’s a lot of (hopefully yummy) camp food.

2.  One of those meals each week is called “messy meal.”  No utensils allowed, hands are okay, but faces are preferred.  Oh and it’s always macaroni or spaghetti.  Perhaps I will be able to reenact  Lady and the Tramp at some point? (obviously without the romance…)

3.  There’s a dance each week.  Maybe I will appear to be a good dancer at a dance where all my friends aren’t ballroom dancing experts… Yeah, I know, probably not.  Oh well, I’m always willing to embarrass myself for fun anyways.

4.  There’s a girls sleepover every week.  That’s all I have to say about that.  Sleepovers are always fun.

5. There’s a talent show each week, and every camper gets to showcase a talent.  I’m way excited to see what awesome and unique talent everybody comes up with.  I love when kids get to have the spotlight for a few minutes.

6.  We get to perform songs at churches each week with the kids.  This includes learning some sign language.  Awesome in two ways.

I learned about a lot more camp stuff too, but I’m sure I’ll blog about everything once it’s actually happens in a couple of months.  It’ll be much more exciting then anyways.

Besides meeting as a team and learning more about the summer, we also got to go through some “stations.” It sounded kind of horrible to me too, but it wasn’t too bad.  One of the stations was about journaling.  Something I hate do not enjoy very much.

I try. I really do.  In fact, I have five journals in my room right now.  Unfortunately, none of them are more than half full (and only one of them is that full).  It’s just not my thing.

We’ll see if I actually journal this summer.  I may try, or I may cheat and count this blog as a form of journal. We’ll see.

Anyways, this station asked us to answer a few questions as a type of journal entry, so here we go.

1. Why are you doing sendmenow missions?

–One reason I decided to do sendmenow missions is because I didn’t want to waste another summer.  Last year I pretty much stayed at home and did nothing.  That was dumb.  I think that while I have the opportunity to serve over that summer that I should take advantage of it, so I did.  I also just really love serving people, especially kids (see the next question).  God has called me to serve, and I have an awesome opportunity, so I need to take it.

2. Who are you called to?

–Specifically, I feel that God has called me to work with kids.  Like I said in my one day without shoes post, kids have no say in where they live or what kind of life they’re given. The kids I’m going to work with this summer had no say in being born with a disability. They deserve to be loved just as much as any other person, and that doesn’t always happen.  I’m excited to be able to show Jesus’ love to these precious kids more than anything else. (And to be able to show Jesus’ love to some more adorable Haitian kids this summer too!)

3.  If you knew you wouldn’t have a chance to tell anyone back home about your sendmenow summer experience, how would that change the way you serve on the field?

–I don’t really know how to answer this question.  It shouldn’t change the way I serve, because who I’m serving is the same: God and these wonderful kids.  Fortunately though, I will be able to share, and hopefully the stories of what God does this summer can make an impact too.  (Or at least make for some interesting blog posts.)

4.  What do you expect God to do in you? Around you? Are you ready?

–I don’t really know what God is going to do in me this summer.  I know He’s going to make me grow, but besides that I don’t want to have too many expectations.  He’ll blow them out of the water anyways.  Same for what He’s going to do around me: bigger things than what I could expect.  I’m not fully ready yet, even though I’d go to camp today if I could.  But I know I’ll be prepared when it’s time to go; God has been working on that for a long time.

So there it is, a sort of journal entry.  Just don’t expect me to rewrite it in one of those notebooks because it’s not going to happen.  I just hope this post got across just how excited I am.

If it didn’t, this might help you out: A countdown that one of my team members made!

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