A Prayer for SpringHill 2017

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It’s with a joyful and heavy heart that I write this post. Today is the day where lives begin to change for eternity as SpringHill camp staff members head to their locations in Indiana and Michigan. I am so, so saddened that I am not returning to camp this year, but I know God is calling me to learn about Him in other places in the world. I wanted to send out a prayer for the camp staff that is starting this Good Work this week. This prayer is for those of you that are embarking on this Jesus-filled, awe-inspiring, tear-jerking, memory-making summer that you will never, ever forget and forever be changed by. I am so excited for you.

I pray for you that this is a moment you choose to step out, take a leap of faith, and let God work through you in powerful ways to shape the eternal future of young brothers and sisters in Christ.

I pray that you will see people accept Christ for the first time.

I pray you find the best of friends in your small groups and in your staff-time and learn from incredible people with their eyes set on Him.

I pray you love your co-leaders well and they love you well in return – with grace and compassion that only comes from an overflow of God’s heart for you.

I pray that you will hear stories that break your heart in a million pieces, only to have the loving arms of God mend it back to wholeness.

I pray you fully experience the tiredness, stress, and sunburn, only to bring you to rely on Him and Him alone.

I pray that you see God working through the campers and let them teach you more about the gospel than you thought you could ever learn from the stanky middle school paintball cabin.

I pray that you’d participate with everything in you in everything you do – that means doing the high ropes course with your camper that’s scared of heights, even if you’re more scared of heights than they are.

I pray you are an encourager and a prayer warrior and a listener.

I pray you would feel the power of prayer and the presence of God clearer than you ever have.

I pray that your doubts and fears and pride would be brought to light and you would be freed from them.

I pray against all things that try to prevent you from sharing the love of God and the gospel with those kids.

I pray that Christ would have an impact through you on every camper you meet in the cabins; in the activities; during octoball; in campfire; in the dining halls; and everywhere else.

I pray the worship music would bring you to fall on your knees in worship and reverence of God.

I pray that Dewey’s wife bakes you extra cookies every week and that the s’mores brownies those TST campers and the ladies in the dining hall make for you taste incredible every week (I know they will).

I pray that you would see a spirit of service in the camp community – a group of believers striving toward serving the campers and each other.

I pray that you know these feelings are not just a “camp high” and that God is a consistent, constant Father who loves you forever.

I pray your campers build community outside of SpringHill and carry the message of Jesus with them outside the bounds of camp.

I pray you find joy, joy, joy, and more joy every single day at camp.

I pray you make some of your greatest memories.

I pray your quiet times and breaks would refresh you and recharge you.

I pray you hear God’s call on your life and feel His stirring in your heart.

I pray you feel loved and whole and known by God and by your camp community.

I pray for you to know God and know Him well this summer.

SpringHill, thank you for continuing to impact this world and turn hearts toward His glory. I will be praying for you all and I cannot wait to hear the stories about how God moves amongst you this year.

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heartand, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

 

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:3-11)

God Bless,

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2 thoughts on “A Prayer for SpringHill 2017

  1. Amen, Sam! Amen! Praise our great Father for the blessings he gives us in the form of SpringHill and for using the life-impacting skills we gain to spread His word outside of camp with courage, love, and strength. As you pray for those of us beginning or continuing in the work of SpringHill’s ministry, I pray over you on behalf of our staff collectively that you may continue to pursue Him and that you have become strong even when in an uncomfortable position to share His love. God bless you, Sam. Always remember that He will guide you and that His plan is greater!

  2. You were a great counselor, Sam. I’m glad you’re able to cherish the memories and hold onto them, my mind is pretty garbage when it comes to remembering things–but I’ll keep remembering your lessons. There might come a day where I’m limited to solely remembering those lessons only subconsciously, through my character, but I pray that for a long time, as I do now, I’ll continue to remember what it means to serve the world as an out-pouring bucket, I’ll continue to see Jesus doing an asinine amount of push-ups whether or not I’m there to acknowledge why or to acknowledge it at all, I’ll continue to receive the Lord’s Supper as a marriage proposal, so I can earnestly wait for him to come over the horizon, retrieving me for his mansion. Those are only a few of the tangible lessons you gave me, but I value them so much.
    One day, my goal is to be a SpringHill counselor as well. From there it is on to teaching, God-willing, and right now I work at a daycare. So I know the experience of kids telling me that they love me, and when they do, I think, “Oh yeah; that’s cute”. But thinking back to when we were sweating and laughing together as a team, and now too, I can understand that love because I have it for you and for the rest of the team. It’s familial love infused with admiration, that when reflecting at the end of the day, in the cabin, of the myriad of wonderful experiences God placed through the group you led, that I would become overwhelmed in the bittersweet acknowledgment that this would not last forever–that I needed to cherish it and let it move me as most it could while it could.
    And even despite my hopes that I’d be able to see you there in my next and final year as a camper, to feel those same feels all over again…despite those hopes, I’m happy for your progress and that it is so grounded in the desire to pursue God’s own heart. God has a different plan for all of us, whose paths sometimes only tangentially cross (Once in a lifetime)–and props to you for being able to affect me so much with that probably tangential intersection of our paths — and with our God-given paths, there isn’t enough time to experience what’s on it and look at where it came from. So keep striving forward for our King! Go live your race out and learn every lesson along the way! You’ve got the heart for it, I’ve at least come to learn that about you. If that means leaving SpringHill behind as the half/quarter/whatever distance marker in your race, then leave it behind! The best part about living this way, despite not being able to live in the best parts of the past, is that God promises that all paths that benevolently influence one another’s (like ours) towards a greater pursuit of Him will some day converge at the finish line. And that’s when we can take our divine rest, and perhaps you and all of your campers will join you around heaven’s dinner table and while we’ll wait for the next batch of french toast sticks to roll out of God’s kitchen we’ll be laughing and smiling and communing all to the sound of Jesus tunes playing on heaven’s Spotify account. We’ll no longer be closing our eyes to focus more on Jesus while we pray, He’ll already be there.
    So keep up the good work and enjoy it! I want to meet all the people that this pursuit and of yours is going to bring to our table in the New Jerusalem, and hopefully I can introduce them to the brothers and sisters in Christ that I will have helped develop as a result of following such a good role model as yourself.
    Take care, my brother, teacher, and friend.

    (P.S. Sorry if this was poorly organized, it’s 1 AM and I was just planning on taking a short break from studying, so after 4.5 hours of sleep last night, I’m pretty loopy)

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