Posted by Christine Szekeres in Youth on January 8, 2014
If there was a specific group of people that I had to choose to learn from–it would be kids! Kids seem to have this innate ability to love so deeply, forgive so quickly, and be ever so present in the moment. They just seem to have so much energy and so much life! The best thing about kids to me is their childlike faith. I can learn so much just by hanging out with them, playing games with them, teaching them stories from the Bible, or singing songs and having fun with them. As a Camp SAM counselor, I am able to prayerfully teach the kids the Gospel while learning about them, their lives, and their stories.
It’s amazing how simply smiling at a child could completely win them over.
At our recent full-day camp, I had a group of about 10 girls and we were going over the questions that had been asked after the message. Just after learning her name and answering the questions together, a certain little girl says to me with a big smile on her face, “I love you!” It just goes to show how pure, innocent, and sweet their little hearts are. Camp SAM in 2013 was such a great experience for me, getting to plan for it, sometimes be the lead, and just have fun with the kids, who are all too often expected to be so “grown up” in their day-to-day lives. I’m so blessed and honored to be a part of such a great team that is able to, with God’s help, bring love and light into children’s eyes.
I’m so excited to see what God is going to do with Camp SAM in 2014! I can see that we are building a strong and firm foundation for Camp SAM to blossom beyond what any of us could begin to imagine. I’m so ready to see new kid’s faces, hear new stories, prayerfully be a blessing and make an impact in their lives, and be blessed by the love, innocence, and child-like faith that they naturally have. My goal is not only to be inspired by these children, but for SAMBICA to be able to inspire them.
It’s so cool to know that we have a chance to be a part of these kids growing up and looking back and saying, “Oh yeah, I remember where I got saved; it was at SAMBICA!” Our goal is not to honor us and our work, but to honor Him and His work.
I am so blessed to be a part of God’s work here at SAMBICA. I hope you find yourself greatly blessed by God to be a great blessing to those around you in this New Year.
Written by Emily Covello