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Meeting Jesus at The Swamp

Cory Cole

Where did I meet Jesus?

This is a question I reflected on last week during my spring break, and I thought I’d share a little with you Swamp Blog readers! Even though I was raised going to church, I really didn’t feel I had met Jesus until I was 13 years old. I joined my church’s teen ministry on a trip to volunteer and support a day camp in Puerto Rico that the church there was running. Camp Invincible had team building games, Bible classes and peer groups not too different from those at The Swamp, for inner city children between the ages of 4-18.


This was one of my very first experiences serving others and it truly changed my heart at even the young age of 13. During our two weeks of camp in San Juan, I was exposed to the powerful and spiritual love of Jesus that breaks down physical boundaries like language and culture barriers. I watched this love open up the hearts of the kids that our teen ministry served, and then felt this love transform our own hearts.
...Me at Camp Invincible in 2009!

Ever since that trip, I’ve always felt the most connected to Jesus when serving people in his name. That’s what called me to get baptized in 2013 after serving the poor in Bolivia. That’s why I love being at The Swamp as a counselor so much, because of the way I can give myself there and share the love of Jesus that I’ve experienced. I appreciate how spirituality at The Swamp isn’t about making disciples. For those of you that are unfamiliar with The Swamp mission statement, it is to provide a mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually safe environment for kids to have fun and learn about God.

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Spirituality is such a vital part of camp (it is actually one of the 10 Values of The Swamp!), but it is so much more than just Bible study and making disciples. It allows kids to meet Jesus, and allows the Spirit to move in their lives.

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16-year-old Aj Cyrus sees Jesus the most during the singing devotionals at camp, and this has had a huge impact on his relationship with Jesus.
"I can't even describe how big of an impact The Swamp has been. I get closer and closer to Jesus every second I spend there!"

Thank for sharing Aj!

I am very grateful for the way I’ve been able to experience the love of Jesus in my life and how I have been able to connect with The Swamp in that way! My hope for The Swamp is that it can continue to be the taste of heaven that it has been for so many lives over the years. Come out to camp and find out what God has in store for campers at The Swamp this summer by registering here!

Thanks for reading! Until next week,

CORY

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