You know what’s incredible? My dream job this summer. Yep. Incredible.
Why on earth did I neglect to work at Riverside before this summer? First of all, it’s incredibly awesome. I am learning about Jesus. I am talking about Jesus. I am with kids. I am among Christians. It’s camp–outside stuff, games, campfires, guitars, fun. The people are awesome. The programming is beneficial for me too. Secondly, I’m getting paid–that’s unreal. I hardly need the pay, it’s so fun. The only drawback is being away from Dad and K so much, but we’re working through that.
I’ve been on daycamp twice so far, and although it’s quite a great experience to immerse yourself in a small town of Iowa with the help of a bunch of helpers and a small, tight-knit team, I am most excited for my time at camp. We’re heading into a week off now, but right after that is Week #5 of camp and I get to be onsite. Because I play guitar, chances of me being on day camp went up like crazy, but alas, I am on site again!
I am exceptionally pleased with the sense of community I am enjoying with our staff. There isn’t a lot of time for missing folks at school (sad but true) because there isn’t much time for anything besides campers, but even when I am gone a week, people I technically have not known for too long have missed me and are concerned. The two weeks we spent intensively training together were great for bonding, and it’s great.
I am also exceptionally pleased with what I’ve been learning this summer about God’s kingdom. I am not sure I could sit down and write everything down, but I have (with the help of so many who put hours into making bible studies and programs, shares, mimes, musicals, etc) been making a ton of connections with the things I’ve been exposed to. And I’m craving, craving, craving scripture reading. An hour a day won’t cut it–got to have it. Hopefully I’ll be digging in like crazy when I am not packing this week.
I’m tired tonight. I did a lot of physical work for my day camp cleaning Friday on site…so I’ll probably turn in before long…though I am rather looking forward to listening to the gobs of new music that K and I have yet to listen to together.
It’s good to be back!