Each summer I get the opportunity to serve at a Young Life camp. This summer I had the opportunity to be a head leader at Timber Wolf Lake in Lake City, Michigan. A head leader’s job is to care for the leaders that bring kids and to help meet whatever needs kids and leaders have during their week at camp.
A leader came to me one day because he needed some help with three of his boys that weren’t listening and were being disrespectful. One of the boys was Arthur (Above). I gathered all the guys and took them in the office along with their leader. We want everyone to stay at Young Life camp and have fun, but not if it’s at the expense of other campers and leaders. I shared that with the boys and told them the next course of action was to send them home. They all agreed to do better.
At the end of the week, the same leader approached me and said that one of the guys wanted to talk to me. It was Arthur. He expressed that he wanted to change and accept Jesus into his life. I was amazed because he was a different person just a few days ago. I was also surprised that he came to me after I threatened to send him home from camp. None of that mattered at that point in time, and I began to share with him what life with Jesus could look like going home. I’m so grateful that I get to be a part of something that has such a profound impact on kids’ lives.