Favorite camp food?
Probably taco night — you can never go wrong with tacos!
How did you decide to go on KDSM?
I heard about King’s Domain from one of my roommates at IndyCC, Cru’s winter conference for our region. After constantly hearing about it from her, talking to Lauren and Bethany at the KD booth, and attending their info session, the Lord laid it on my heart to apply. Children have a special place in my heart, so I was captivated by the opportunity to work with kids. However, I was nervous about the process of raising support.
What did you learn by raising support?
Trusting the Lord to provide financially was definitely a challenge for me. In about six weeks or so, I had raised almost all of the necessary funds. Then, on the day I was leaving for King’s Domain, God provided the remaining $200 through a family member. It was crazy cool to see how the Lord showed up, even at the last minute! Ultimately, I learned I was not (and am still not) in control and God will provide ALL of your resources if He is calling you to serve somewhere!
Why invest a summer serving at a camp?
As a part of KDSM, I felt like God taught me something new each and every week. I started out the summer doubting God was all-powerful. By the time I left, I possessed a newfound confidence that He is who He says He is — all-powerful and in control of EVERYTHING in my life.
The Lord completely wrecked me as He grew my heart for the kids, allowing me to love them and share our amazing hope with them. Through teaching these young children what it means to be fearless, I also learned how to be a bold woman in Christ. Working with the kids impacted me deeply and reminded me how important it is to love others well.
How have you seen yourself change because of KDSM?
I definitely left King’s Domain with greater confidence in myself, a sense of comfort about who God has created me to be. Every week (if not every day) I was pushed out of my comfort zone, whether by climbing and jumping off of a 28-foot telephone pole or initiating a spiritual conversation with students at the University of Cincinnati.
How has your relationship with God changed?
My relationship with God grew as He orchestrated circumstances to teach me He is in control and has a plan for my life. Through the other counselors and even the campers, He constantly showed me how much He loves me. After getting attached to my campers, sending them back to questionable home environments was very difficult. I had to trust the Lord is good and has a plan for not just me, but also for my campers.
What’s your summer summary?
I would summarize my experience at King’s Domain with five words/phrases: seconds (at meals), bat cave, leadership cabin, blue panda, and Fearless Flock. If inside jokes don’t count, well, then let’s go with these five: community, perseverance, trust, love, and Winston*.
Why should someone consider KDSM?
KDSM is totally unique. Being a camp counselor is one of the hardest yet most rewarding jobs you could ever have. You get to invest in kids, plus grow spiritually in ways you wouldn’t expect!
*Winston was a mouse with whom Emma fell in love. When others tried to eliminate him, she founded an “organization” to defend him. It’s a long story.