It’s our last night of camp.  And with that being said, I thought I’d take a few minutes to share a little bit about our week.  Bear with me though,  since I’m currently writing on my iPad, in a dark dorm room that I’m sharing with Ellee who is supposed to be sleeping, but is instead chatting away while making shadow puppets with her flashlight. 

It’s been a great week.  In so many ways.  Though I spent seven full Summers between high school and college working at a Christian summer camp in Michigan, when Jeremy first approached me about coming to NTS Camp this year, I was a little apprehensive.  While our church has been coming to NTS since 2012, I had always stayed at home with our kids during that time.  However, this year there was a need for a female leader and since Christian was old enough to attend, we decided to go all together as a family and take fourteen students and Benjamin Tuttle, our church’s summer intern with us as well.

And all that being said, I couldn’t be more happy that I’m here this week.  Our students have been amazing.  They’ve all gotten along and been there for each other loving and supporting each other.  The facilities at Houghton College have been fantastic.  And the actual NTS Camp program?  Absolutely incredible.  Jeremy told me years ago that it was the best camp he’s ever been to, and I have to absolutely agree.  The classes have been solid, the games incredibly well thought out and fun, the worship on point and our Speaker Darren has been just wonderful.  

Most importantly though, and most impactful has been seeing the ways that God has worked this week.  I’ve seen a change in many of our students and a strengthening of their faith.  Tonight, during our worship time, I felt the power and the movement and work of the Holy Spirit and it was the most wonderful feeling I’ve felt in a long time.  There is something so special and unique about a week spent at camp, and I am just so very thankful for this week and for this camp.

I’ll share more pictures when we get back, though you’ll have to pardon the quality a bit.  I didn’t bring my big camera, just a simple point and shoot.  It was much easier and safer considering the amount of water that flies around during the game time.  But just in closing, I want to take a moment to thank God for the work He’s done at camp this week.  Our team of students and leaders will truly never be the same after what we’ve learned and experienced this past week.  We’ve laughed and even cried and we will take the memories that we’ve made and be better and stronger because of our amazing week of camp.

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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