Why did you decide to come to King’s Domain?
I decided to come to King’s Domain because I wanted to do something other than staying home. I didn’t want to go through the same routine. I heard about KD from a friend at Cru. He really liked it and encouraged me to check out this summer mission specifically because it’s a smaller group, which is more my style.
What was your job this summer?
The KD staff worked with me to create an internship within my major; I was the “media intern”. I helped the Communications Supervisor with interviewing, taking photos, and updating social media.
Favorite off-camp activity?
I like going to Whit’s, the local frozen custard place, because we get to walk around downtown Lebanon. The frozen custard is amazing and it’s a great chance for everyone to get to do something together outside of camp.
What has been one of the best things about camp life?
Being able to get to know people one-on-one and walk through new experiences together and share your past experiences with them. It’s amazing to be able to show someone you care. For example, when people talked about dealing with anxiety and depression, I was able to give insight from my own struggles with those things.
What has been one of the hardest things about camp life?
As an introvert, it’s difficult to be around so many people constantly. Being is such close quarters can be pretty draining. I found it difficult to take breaks when others were doing something, because I felt like I should be participating with everyone else.
How have you grown since the beginning of the summer?
I’ve learned to let people care about me, which has always been hard for me. This summer when I was sick or wasn’t having a great day, my peers were genuinely concerned and asked me how I was doing. When you’re in an environment like this, no one’s doing it just for show — they actually cared about how I was doing.
How has your walk with the Lord changed?
Just as I’ve learned to trust other people, I’ve learned to trust Him and believe He is both sovereign and good. He truly wants my best — our best — and desires good things for us. We have to seek Him out, listen, and be willing to follow.
What was unique about your experience at KD?
This summer, I chose to get baptized. I haven’t quite figured out how to process this yet, but I believe it was the next step to take in my walk with Jesus. Almost a dozen of us on KDSM got baptized! KD was the best place to do it, it was a wonderful celebration! That’s how I wanted it to happen.
What makes KD itself unique?
At KD we are given the opportunity to change so many kids’ lives and shine light on incredibly difficult situations. We create an environment where they feel safe, loved, and cared for. We also constantly learned about ourselves and those around us, thanks to the staff’s guidance and teaching throughout the summer. We invest so much in each other’s lives and the kids’ lives and it has a lasting impact.
What have you learned about yourself? What will you take away from this summer?
I can do way more than I realized. I never expected to go rafting or take on an obstacle course. They’re “not me,” but I got through them! In addition, I’ve learned the importance of a strong community. I didn’t really have that at school or at home. It’s been challenging to see people depend so much on the Lord and on each other here. It’s important, and I’ve realized I need community anywhere I go.
Are you glad you invested your summer at KD?
I’m glad that I pursued something new, something I wanted, and didn’t listen to everyone around me who encouraged me to prioritize making money. It was great to listen to the Lord rather than other people. Raising support was difficult, as was dealing with some of the mess camp brings, but in the end, I believe the investment will pay off. I won’t see all of the reward right away, but as time goes on, I believe I will see the full impact this summer has had on me.
Would you recommend this experience to other people? Why?
I would. King’s Domain isn’t just a place for people who are obsessed with kids. There are plenty of ways to use other talents. KDSM can be molded into whatever you want it to be. Don’t let the “camp” aspect stop you from coming if you’re not a “camp person”. I can honestly say that anyone can grow by being part of KDSM.
University of Maine