This week was so amazing, I got to meet some pretty cool people. This week I got to share my story with all the guys and I believe that I should share it with whoever wants to hear my story. As a kid I was abused by many family members and at the age 7 I got to put in DFCS. I was so embarrassed that I started separating myself away from kids in school and at recess I ran the whole time. When I turned 10 I got my rights taken away from my mom and I found my heart starting to break. I needed something greater in my life, a person out of this world that I can love. I needed a father. I needed God. When I was 10, I asked god that he would let me see my mom and get to connect with her before I was 18. I think God has a sense of humor because on my 17th birthday I got to see my mom and now we are starting overnight visits. He literally answered my prayer that I prayed when I was 10. Being here at Swamp helped me to meet really cool people that I can have a relationship out in the world. If you get the chance to go to Swamp, come and make friends and learn about god and fill that whole in your heart, the love that you are missing and become a disciple of God.
I WAS FORCED TO EAT WATERMELON. I love swap in general but I love week seven specifically because normally there is less people so you can play swap ball, not everything is so crowded and nothing is rushed. This year however has been the best year so far because when you turn 13 you get to do everything. Some things are separated by age 11 and younger or 12 and younger but when you turn 13 you get to talk about The Gospel and anything thats heavy like that.
Where to begin! This week has been so impactful and inspiring. The theme of the summer is "Choice" and today in the older campers' Bible Class, Mr. Jeff told us about the choices Jesus made and didn't make while leading up to His death on the cross. Jeff made it clear that he wanted us to find meaning to the cross and not be numb to the crucifixion-- which can often happen with kids that have grown up in the church. It left many of us cut to the heart and I was in awe of the thousands of choices Jesus could have made, but didn't because He loved me and wanted to give me the chance to love Him back.